Housing News

February 28, 2019
Klein Hornig LLP has released the 2018/19 edition of their LIHTC outline:
February 27, 2019
On February 27, 2019, Governor Baker refiled Housing Choice legislation. The bill is to further the administration’s Housing Choice Initiative, a plan to support the production of 135,000 new housing units by 2025. This bill builds on efforts undertaken last legislative session to deliver necessary, targeted zoning reform to benefit communities pursuing new housing production.
February 26, 2019
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD’s) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) has announced $1.5 million in new funding to create and relaunch a specialized training academy dedicated to preparing civil rights professionals to combat housing discrimination. Named for the Nation’s first African-American woman to hold a cabinet-level position, the Patricia R.
February 26, 2019
On February 26, the Department of Housing and Community Development and MassHousing released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the third Community Scale Housing Initiative (CSHI) competition. The Initiative provides up to $10 million in funding for projects that include 5-20 rental units, with at least 25% set aside as affordable. The funding consists of $5 million from DHCD’s Housing Stabilization Fund and a $5 million investment from MassHousing’s Opportunity Fund.
February 25, 2019
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) opened the Housing Choice Designation Application for 2019. Applications from communities are due by 3:00 p.m. March 14, 2019. For more information or to access the online application, please click here.
February 21, 2019
On February 20, Mayor Walsh announced more than $26 million in awards for affordable housing developments in Boston from the Community Preservation Fund, the Department of Neighborhood Development, and the Neighborhood Housing Trust. The awards will create and preserve 515 units of housing in 10 developments in Brighton, East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, Mission Hill, the North End, and Roxbury.
February 20, 2019
On February 20, HUD announced that it would dramatically reduce the advance notice it provides to public housing authorities (PHAs) and private owners of HUD-subsidized apartment developments for inspections. HUD’s new standard provides PHAs and private owners 14 days’ notice before an inspection, a shift from current notice which can frequently extend up to four months. Read HUD’s notice.
February 19, 2019
During the second week of February, Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced their leadership teams and committee assignments for the 2019-2020 legislative session.  
February 15, 2019
Lawmakers in Washington reached a deal to fund the federal government for the remainder of the 2019 fiscal year, which runs until October 1. The President signed the bill today, February 15, after it passed both the Senate and House yesterday evening, February 14, with veto-proof majorities.  
February 15, 2019
Mark Calabria was approved by the Senate Banking Committee on a party-line vote (13-12) to advance his nomination to the full Senate for confirmation as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The FHFA Director oversees the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB).