Housing News

May 7, 2019
On May 7, the Baker Administration announced supportive housing awards to produce and preserve 147 units of supportive housing for vulnerable populations, including homeless families and individuals, veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and individuals with disabilities.  
May 7, 2019
United States Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released draft legislation, entitled, “Housing is Infrastructure act of 2019.” Chairwoman Waters announced the legislation at a
May 7, 2019
The multi-step process for Congress to approve an annual appropriations bill kicked off in April, setting the stage for bicameral, bi-partisan, and intraparty negotiations to fund the federal government.
May 7, 2019
In April, The Federal Housing Finance Agency released the 2018 national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) annual allocation to HUD. The HTF targets funding to help build and preserve affordable housing with a particular emphasis on rental housing for extremely low-income households. The first allocation from the trust fund was disbursed to the states in 2016.
May 7, 2019
On April 17th the Trump Administration released a proposed a rule to prevent undocumented immigrants from accessing federal housing assistance like public housing and section 8. While details of the rule are not available during the 15-day Congressional review period, the rule will become public in the coming days, after which there will be 60 days for public comment. CHAPA will submit comments.
May 3, 2019
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Fair Housing Month Forum, “Planning for Fair Housing Up Front” in Newton on April 29th.
May 3, 2019
The Baker Administration is hosting four regional listening sessions to get input for its economic development strategy. Join Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Michael Kennealy, municipal officials, legislators, and community and business leaders for a regional engagement session to inform the Baker-Polito Administration’s economic development strategy for the next four years  
May 1, 2019
On April 16, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released FY2019 funding levels for formula programs including: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG); HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA); Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG); and Housing Trust Fund (HTF). For a spreadsheet showing the FY2019 allocations, please click here.
April 26, 2019
We at CHAPA look forward to working with the Baker Administration, the Legislature, and advocates across the state to pass the Housing Choice legislation. The Governor’s bill will make a substantial impact in communities working to encourage housing development and undo policies that prevent housing production and perpetuate segregation. Lowering the super majority threshold required for zoning changes will empower the simple majority of people in a community to vote “Yes” for housing.
April 26, 2019
Boston - Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to approve its final budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) thanks the House of Representatives for recognizing the urgent need to expand investments in affordable housing, which help families thrive and build vibrant communities.