Housing News

July 1, 2020
On June 8, Governor Baker filed S.2753 that would remove affordable, public, and market rate housing providers for seniors and persons with disabilities from the burdensome reporting requirements of the new COVID-19 data law. The bill is currently before the Committee on Public Health, which is collecting comments on the legislation. Click here for a fact sheet on S.2753.
July 1, 2020
On June 30, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a new $20 million, statewide fund to assist low-income households facing difficulty making rent and mortgage payments. The Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) program will provide direct funding to eligible households who have suffered financial hardship during the State of Emergency put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19.
June 30, 2020
On June 30, 2020, Representatives Mike Connolly and Kevin Honan filed HD.5166 to protect housing stability for tenants, homeowners, and certain multifamily housing owners impacted by COVID-19. The bill also creates a fund to support landlords. The bill is expected to be assigned to the Housing Committee For the period from March 10, 2020, until one year after the end of the COVID-19 emergency declaration, HD.5166:
June 30, 2020
On June 29, the Senate Committee on Ways & Means released a $1.1 billion COVID-19 response supplemental budget proposal for FY2020 (S.2789). Click here for a summary of the affordable housing related provisions of the Senate budget proposal.
June 29, 2020
On Friday, June 26, Governor Baker signed an interim $5.25 billion state budget (H.4806) to keep government running when the new fiscal year begins on July 1. It is expected that the short term budget will largely be based on FY2020 appropriations. The interim budget is expected to keep the state government funded through July. If the Legislature has not approved a final FY2021 budget by August, another short term state budget will need to be approved.
June 26, 2020
CHAPA submitted testimony on Governor Baker's Economic Development Bill (H.4529) to the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. Read CHAPA's submitted testimony.
June 25, 2020
On June 24, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $1.1 billion COVID-19 response supplemental budget for FY2020 (H.4802). The budget directs millions in funding to critical programs to support affordable and public housing, emergency rental assistance, emergency shelter, and homelessness prevention. It also expands Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) and creates a COVID-19 response program, with expanded benefits for households impacted by the virus.
June 24, 2020
On June 17, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration released its FY2021 Capital Investment Plan, which includes resources for affordable housing and community development programs. In a letter accompanying the budget release, Governor Baker wrote that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty related to the public health crisis, the FY2021 capital plan will focus on maintaining existing investments rather than pursuing new programs or funding sources.
June 19, 2020
Thank you to all those who have attended our regional meetings this past week. A special thanks to Bank of America for sponsoring these sessions and to all of our regional co-hosts for sharing their experiences and expertise! Also, thank you for all the notes submitted from the discussion sessions. We will be looking through them and compiling themes to share with you as soon as possible.
June 18, 2020
On June 7, 2020, Governor Baker signed the COVID-19 data reporting law that allows for the collection and publication of certain COVID-19 data and creates a task force to understand the impact of the virus on underserved and underrepresented populations. Click here for a full summary of the data reporting law.

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