Housing News

September 11, 2019
On September 10, DHCD updated the maximum rent limits for mobile MRVP vouchers to reflect the new FY2020 fair market rents (FMRs) released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This change is authorized by new FY2020 MRVP budget language which ties maximum rents for MRVP mobile vouchers to current FMRs.    For mobile voucher participants only, the maximum allowable contract rent for MRVP units with new leases beginning on or after October 1, 2019 shall be equal to current area-wide FMR.
September 10, 2019
On September 6, Governor Baker filed a supplemental budget to close out FY2019, which ended with a major revenue surplus. The Governor proposed $10 million to support new production of affordable housing for those with extremely low-incomes (ELI). The Governor also proposed $10 million to support a down payment assistance program for first time homebuyers.
August 29, 2019
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) intends to hold a Supportive Housing funding competition for the creation of more affordable rental units for vulnerable populations, who often need support services in order to access and maintain stable housing. For a copy of the Notice of Funding Availability and more information on the competition, click here.
August 19, 2019
CHAPA is hiring our next Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst will work on federal and state housing policy issues, including analyzing and coordinating housing policy, writing policy papers and briefs, and evaluating research and data to inform and further CHAPA’s public policy work. More details and how to apply on our Jobs Board posting. Applications are due by September 20th, 2019.
August 13, 2019
On August 12th, the Trump Administration announced that it will move forward with a new immigration rule targeting legal immigrants who legally use public benefits, including certain housing assistance. The rule, titled, “Inadmiss
August 8, 2019
​ Check out CHAPA's August 2019 Housing Briefs for state and federal housing updates as well as recent research and reports.
July 31, 2019
On July 31st, Governor Baker signed the $43.3 billion state budget for fiscal year 2020. Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) sincerely thanks Governor Baker for recognizing the urgent need to expand investments in affordable housing, which help families thrive and build vibrant communities.
July 25, 2019
The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) seeks comments on its Draft Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan. DHCD last updated the plan in September 2014. The proposed revisions incorporate changes in federal and DHCD policy. Public comments on the plan are due to DHCD by Tuesday, September 10, 2019.  Please direct all comments to: Maryssa Schneider McLeanmaryssa.mclean@mass.gov
July 24, 2019
On July 21st, the Conference Committee finalized its budget for fiscal year 2020. Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) thanks the Conference Committee for recognizing the urgent need to expand investments in affordable housing, which help families thrive and build vibrant communities.
July 18, 2019
On July 18, Governor Baker announced the 2019 rental housing awards, which will provide $118 million in funding for 28 projects to fund the development, renovation and preservation of housing opportunities throughout Massachusetts. The awards will support the construction and preservation of 1,581 homes, including 1,349 affordable homes, with 273 units reserved for extremely low-income households.