Housing News

January 2, 2019
On December 28, Governor Baker signed a bill taxing and regulating short-term rentals through websites like Airbnb in Massachusetts. The bill originally passed the State Legislature in July but was sent back by the Governor with concerns over exempting certain owners who rent their homes only a few days per year.
January 2, 2019
As federal legislative leaders zeroed in before the end of the year on a continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown, President Trump announced he would not sign a spending bill without $5 billion for his southern border wall.
December 20, 2018
On December 17th The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. The report is released in two parts.  
December 20, 2018
On Tuesday, December 18, Governor Baker named Mike Kennealy as the incoming Secretary of Housing and Economic Development as current Secretary Jay Ash announced his departure from the Administration. Mike Kennealy joined the Baker-Polito Administration in 2015 as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. As Assistant Secretary, Kennealy has worked to advance the Administration’s strategy for job creation and business development across the entire Commonwealth.
December 19, 2018
Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate will introduce a bill to fund the government through February 8th, leaving the negotiation over $5 billion for border wall funding to the new year when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.
December 18, 2018
TO: All Members and Housing Organizations FROM: Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston is pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 Equity Builder Program (EBP) funding round on January 2, 2019. 
December 12, 2018
​ Read CHAPA's December 2018 Housing Briefs for state and federal housing updates as well as recent research and reports.
December 11, 2018
CHAPA mourns the passing of Amy Anthony, a former member of CHAPA’s Board of Directors and Policy Leadership Council and one of the nation’s foremost experts in affordable housing. "Amy’s legacy lives on through the policies she crafted, the organizations she launched, and the affordable homes built and preserved under her guidance and leadership," said Rachel Heller, CEO of CHAPA. We offer our sincerest condolences to her family.
December 10, 2018
On December 10, CHAPA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to their proposed change to the "Public Charge" rule. DHS uses the public charge rule to determine whether a low-income immigrant should be deemed inadmissible to stay or enter the United States because they are likely to become a "public charge." The proposed rule would apply to households applying for and receiving federal public housing and Section 8 rental assistance.
December 6, 2018
The House and Senate are expected to vote today on a two-week continuing resolution that would keep the government funded until December 21. This is the second continuing resolution that lawmakers are considering since the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1 and will include continued level funding for HUD programs.