Housing News

February 25, 2021
It's a brand new legislative session, and CHAPA staff are already hard at work putting together CHAPA's legislative agenda for 2021-2022. In the meantime, we need your help in asking your legislators to show their support for affordable housing priorities this session.
February 22, 2021
On Monday, February 22nd, the United States Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released a revised frequently asked questions (FAQ) document for the implementation of the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program that was  created in the year-end federal stimulus package. The guidance includes some of the following provisions:
February 18, 2021
Despite this challenging year, CHAPA was able to successfully pivot our work to advance our legislative and budget priorities, in addition to addressing the housing impacts of the pandemic. Check out our 2020 Annual Report for all of last year's accomplishments, including our policy and program work.
February 15, 2021
On February 12, 2021, Speaker Mariano and Senate President Spilka announced their leadership and committee assignments for the two-year legislative session. These assignments will allow the work to begin reviewing all the bills that have been filed in the House and Senate.
February 1, 2021
On January 29, 2021, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) issued preliminary guidance for MBTA communities regarding compliance with new law requiring by-right multifamily zoning (M.G.L. Chapter 40A, Section 3A). The purpose of section 3A is to encourage MBTA communities to adopt zoning districts where multifamily zoning is permitted as of right, and that meet other requirements set forth in the statute.
February 1, 2021
On January 27, 2021, Governor Baker released his $45.6 billion state budget for FY2022 (H.1), which begins on July 1, 2021. According to Governor Baker, the budget would support the ongoing public health response to COVID-19 while reducing total state spending.
January 15, 2021
On January 13th, the Baker-Polito Administration made updates to include residents and staff of public & private low income and affordable senior housing as a priority group in the Phase 2 (tier 1) COVID-19 vaccine distribution. This would ensure that seniors with low-income, who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, will be vaccinated early on in the vaccine distribution process.
January 15, 2021
On January 14, 2021, Governor Baker signed economic development legislation (H.5250) into law, which contained many of CHAPA's housing priorities, including:
January 13, 2021
The Baker-Polito launched an interactive Eviction Diversion Initiative Dashboard to provide monthly summary statistics about the Massachusetts COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Initiative. The dashboard can be used to view statistics and information for each of the Eviction Diversion Initiative programs.
January 13, 2021
In response to the unprecedented volume of applications for emergency rental assistance, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has announced changes to improve the RAFT and Emergency Mortgage and Rental Assistance (ERMA) programs.

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