The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has announced the inaugural awards of the Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds (the Funds). As part of these awards, DPH, and its implementing partner Health Resources in Action, Inc., will join with CHAPA and 31 other organizations across Massachusetts and more than 35 of their community partners, including non-profit community-based organizations, municipalities, and regional planning commissions.
CHAPA’s Municipal Engagement Initiative Awarded Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds
October 2, 2020
September 29, 2020
On September 25, 2020, in the case of Baptiste v. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Judge Wolf of US District Court in Boston denied the request of two Massachusetts landlords to stay the eviction moratorium claiming that the landlords were unlikely to prevail on most of the merits of the case.
September 16, 2020
Thank you to everyone who joined CHAPA, MHP, and DHCD for Tuesday’s virtual training on Learning from Emergency Rental Assistance Programs During COVID-19. For those who were not able to make the session or who want to review what we covered, the recorded session is available on Youtube.
September 11, 2020
In a virtual hearing on September 10th, Judge Mark Wolf of United States District Court in Boston indicated that he is likely to find that the Massachusetts eviction moratorium passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Barker in April passes constitutional muster on all counts and will remain in place for now. Plaintiff landlords had sought a preliminary injunction staying the moratorium while the case is litigated.
September 1, 2020
On September 1, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a temporary eviction moratorium to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Under the order, landlords and property owners are prohibited from evicting certain tenants impacted by COVID-19.
August 27, 2020
On August 26th, Judge Wilson of the Massachusetts Superior Court issued an order in Matorin v. Commonwealth denying injunctive relief to plaintiffs advocating for the end of the eviction moratorium. Passed into law in April, the eviction moratorium was recently extended by Governor Baker until October 17, 2020 citing the ongoing spread of COVI-19.
August 14, 2020
CHAPA is seeking an energetic and tech-savvy individual to assist our Communications and Events Manager and Policy Team on a remote basis for 15 hours/week from September through December 2020. The individual we are seeking must be comfortable handling a variety of responsibilities and work well independently. Internship Responsibilities
President's Executive Action Appears to Allow New Eviction Moratorium and Financial Assistance for Housing
August 8, 2020
August 7, 2020
On July 28th, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed its Economic Development Bill, H.4887, An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth. On July 29th, The State Massachusetts Senate passed its version of the Economic Development Bill, S.2842. Both versions had multiple housing provisions and affordable housing resources. Differences in the two versions are briefed in the table below with more details at bottom of the page.
August 4, 2020
Over 300 people live streamed Superior Court Judge Paul Wilson's hearing on the eviction moratorium last Thursday (Matorin et al. v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts). The ban was enacted by the legislature on April 17, 2020 under its emergency powers to protect the health of citizens of the Commonwealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. The suit was brought by two landlords who seek an end to the ban, claiming infringement of their right to access to the courts, a violation of separation of powers, and a taking of property.