Housing News

September 11, 2018
On September 10, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Modernization To Independence program. The program will make up to $3 million available through 2021 to federalize and rehabilitate state public housing developments.
September 10, 2018
On August 28, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). This is the first step in what is likely at least a yearlong process.
September 7, 2018
On September 5, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) issued proposed guidance on the new income averaging set-aside option for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. To download the proposed guidance, click here. In March, the President signed federal spending legislation that included a change to the federal LIHTC that established a new minimum set-aside election for new LIHTC developments.
September 6, 2018
On August 31st HUD published the Fiscal Year 2019 Fair Market Rents (FMRs). FMRs are used to determine payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based Section 8 contracts, rent ceilings for the HOME Investment Partnership program, among others. Public housing agencies and other interested parties may comment on the FMRs and request a reevaluation within 30 days.
September 6, 2018
On September 4th the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $99 million to provide affordable housing to people with disabilities. The awards will result in new vouchers to provide permanent housing to an additional 12,000 low-income residents, including 550 in Massachusetts.
September 4, 2018
New research from Boston University shows that local political participation in housing and development policy is dominated by individuals who are older, male, longtime residents, voters in local elections and homeowners. Moreover, the research finds, these individuals overwhelmingly oppose new housing construction. The authors of the study conclude that these participatory inequalities may be contributing to rising housing costs.
August 29, 2018
The first set of Community Health Initiative (CHI) awards from Boston Children’s Hospital were announced on August 28th under the Determination of Need Program. Determination of Need (DON) is the state’s mandatory public regulatory program and approval process that healthcare facilities must abide by for the approval of major capital projects.
August 29, 2018
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) will host an information session on the newly-announced supportive housing competition on Thursday, September 13.  The session will be held in DHCD’s Boston offices at 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd floor conference room C, and will begin at 11:00 a.m. 
August 20, 2018
On August 17, CHAPA submitted a comment letter to HUD in response to the department’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to reconsider its 2013 Disparate Impact rule under the Fair Housing Act. Specifically, HUD seeks public comment on whether the rule is consistent with the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v.
August 13, 2018
CHAPA is currently seeking 2-3 additional communities under the Municipal Engagement Initiative. Complete applications must be submitted via email to Dana LeWinter, Municipal Engagement Director, at dlewinter@chapa.org by 5 PM on Monday, August 20, 2018.