Housing News

June 11, 2019
Senator Cory Booker introduced a plan to address the nation’s affordable housing challenges last week and outlined the details in an article posted on the website Medium. The plan includes:
June 11, 2019
The House Appropriations Committee released its annual funding bill for affordable housing programs, increasing funding levels by $6 billion from fiscal year 2019. The Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Subcommittee approved the bill by a voice vote and it will now proceed to the House floor for a final vote, before moving to the Senate, and ultimately the President’s desk.
June 10, 2019
The FY2020 state budget is now before a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate budget proposals. The members of conference committee are:
June 6, 2019
On June 6, the Baker-Politio Administration released its FY2020 Capital Budget, including investments in affordable housing, community development, and early education programs. The capital investment plan includes a $90 million increase, or a 3.8% increase over FY2019.
June 6, 2019
New report by policy researcher Amy Dains explores the ground situation of local zoning regulations on multifamily housing in 100 towns and cities around Boston.
June 6, 2019
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m., to amend the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP). DHCD intends to amend the current QAP to schedule a mini-competition for certain highly ready, multi-family rental production projects. The deadline for the competition will be October 31, 2019, with pre-applications due on September 12, 2019.
May 28, 2019
On May 23, the Massachusetts State Senate voted to approve its final budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) thanks the Senate for prioritizing investments in affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development that will help families succeed and build thriving communities.
May 24, 2019
On May 23, the Massachusetts State Senate concluded debate on its FY2020 state budget. For a table showing the final funding amounts for CHAPA's budget priorities, click here. During budget debate, the Senate approved additional funding for several of CHAPA's budget priorities through amendments:
May 14, 2019
On May 7, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its $42.7 billion state budget proposal for FY2020. CHAPA thanks Senate President Karen Spilka, Senator Michael Rodrigues, Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and other members of the Ways and Means Committee for their strong investments in affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development programs!
May 7, 2019
On May 7, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its FY2020 state budget proposal.The proposal provides increased funding for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, the Alternative Housing Voucher Program, and Public Housing - three of CHAPA's top priorities for affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development resources. The budget also proposes an increase housing and services for homeless youth.