Housing News

January 24, 2024
On January 24th, Governor Healey revealed the FY2025 budget proposal of $56.1 billion for the upcoming fiscal year, focusing on investments in education, infrastructure, and housing.
January 24, 2024
On January 16th, Congressional leaders introduced a bipartisan tax proposal, the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024. The proposal includes an expansion of the Child Tax Credit, other business-related policies, and certain provisions of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). The tax package, valued at around $80 billion, reinstates a 12.5% increase in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, a boost that had ended in 2021. It also promotes the use of private activity bonds to fund affordable housing.
January 23, 2024
On January 22nd, the Healey-Driscoll Administration announced investments in affordable housing for the production and preservation of over 1,900 housing units in 19 communities. This involves the allocation of state funding and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) support for various projects. The Legislature and the Administration passed a $1 billion tax relief bill in the fall of 2022, which included raising the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit to $60 million annually – a $20 million increase over the previous year. 
January 23, 2024
On January 8th, the Healey Administration announced a revision to the current fiscal year's budget called 9C cuts, which involves a $375 million reduction due to lower-than-expected tax collections. The Administration projected a $1 billion decrease in tax revenue for this budget year which may also impact the FY2025 budget. 
November 16, 2023
The House passed a $2.74 billion FY2023 Closeout Supplemental budget (H. 4167) which includes an allocation of $250 million for the emergency shelter system on November 8th. The Administration had requested the $250 million for the emergency shelter system in September in their supplemental budget proposal. The House version lays out specific directions on how that money could be spent.
November 16, 2023
Currently, Massachusetts' emergency shelters are at capacity due to a prolonged housing crisis compounded by a pressing humanitarian issue with many individuals and families fleeing their home countries due to conflict, persecution, or economic hardship. CHAPA is working with the Massachusetts Coalition for Homeless (MCH) and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) to advocate for the preservation and protection of our family shelter system, and to provide safe and affordable housing for every family in Emergency Assistance shelter. 
October 25, 2023
Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) applauds the Healey-Driscoll Administration for their historic proposal to invest $4 billion in affordable housing. The Affordable Homes Act is more than a housing plan; it is a statement of values.
October 19, 2023
On October 18, 2023, Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll unveiled the Housing Bond Bill or the Affordable Homes Act (H.4138) a comprehensive bill to create smart housing and invest in livable communities. Materials from the Administration on the Housing Bond Bill or the Affordable Homes Act:
October 11, 2023
CHAPA applauds the Healey-Driscoll Administration and the Massachusetts Legislature for the expansion of the State Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) included in the tax relief legislation signed today by Governor Maura Healey. The State LIHTC is one of the most catalytic tools we have for the production and preservation of affordable housing, creating more homes for people who need them while preventing displacement and promoting fair housing for all.

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