Housing News

November 12, 2020
Please note the number of signers and homes protected by the pledge have been updated since this press release. Please see this page for an updated count.
November 9, 2020
On November 5th, the House Committee on Ways and Means released its state budget proposal for FY2021. CHAPA thanks House Speaker DeLeo, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and other members of the Ways and Means Committee for their strong investments in affordable housing, eviction prevention, and rental assistance programs! Read more about the budget proposal on CHAPA's website.  
November 5, 2020
On November 5, the House Committee on Ways and Means (HWM) released its $46 billion state budget proposal for the 2021 fiscal year (FY2021). The budget proposal (H.5150) assumes a $2 billion reduction in tax revenues from FY2020 due to the pandemic. The House proposes a 5.3% spending increase over the $43.6 billion FY2020 state budget.
November 5, 2020
CHAPA is seeking to hire an additional Municipal Engagement Program Associate, a new position for CHAPA’s Municipal Engagement Initiative. The primary responsibility of the Municipal Engagement Program Associate is to work to build support for affordable housing production and bolster efforts to expand housing opportunities at the local level in communities across the Commonwealth. The Municipal Engagement Program Associate will be part of a three-person team and report to the Municipal Engagement Director. Specific Responsibilities
November 5, 2020
When the eviction moratorium expired on October 17th, the Baker Administration launched an Eviction Diversion Initiative with $171 million in resources and a new framework that encourages mediation between tenants and landlords to prevent evictions and homelessness. This Initiative will help thousands of people stay in their homes, but its success requires commitments from property owners and tenants.
October 26, 2020
On October 25, 2020, Judge Mark Mastroianni of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts issued a stay and nationwide preliminary injunction against Secretary Ben Carson and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
October 21, 2020
On October 21, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the 2020 Affordable Rental Housing Awards. The awards will result in the production or preservation of more than 2,400 housing units, including 2,166 affordable rental units in communities across the Commonwealth. This round of awards provides more than $105.7 million in direct funding and allocated $53 million in state and federal tax credits to 28 projects in 19 communities.
October 15, 2020
On October 14, Governor Baker released a revised FY2021 budget (H.2), laying out spending for the remainder of the current fiscal year ending on June 30, 2020. This version revises the Governor's original FY2021 budget proposal originally released in January 2020.  
October 13, 2020
On October 12th, Governor Baker announced an Eviction Diversion Initiative, committing $171 million for efforts to prevent evictions as tenants and property owners face financial hardships due to COVID-19. The state eviction moratorium is set to expire on October 17th, which the Governor also indicating that he would not be extending.
October 8, 2020
CHAPA, along with a broad groups of housing stakeholders, is asking Governor Baker for $215 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund be used for eviction prevention strategies to preserve and support tenancies, properties, and our communities. We respectfully ask the Baker-Polito Administration to take immediate action on making resources available for residents and property owners in order to protect Massachusetts, prevent the further spread of the virus, and support the economy.

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