On April 7, 2020, CHAPA submitted comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in response to its proposed change to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule. There were over 2,600 comments submitted by the April 8th deadline.
April 4, 2020
On April 4, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh that the city will make $3 million available to assist Bostonians who are at risk of losing their rental housing due to the pandemic. The funds will help income-eligible tenants in Boston achieve housing stability by providing direct financial relief of up to $4,000 to assist with rental payments.
March 31, 2020
On March 31, Governor Baker extended the order requiring non-essential businesses to close their physical locations to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. The order, which began a week ago, on March 24, was set to expire at noon on April 7. The new order goes until May 4. The order still does not apply to essential businesses and workers, which includes housing construction.
Boston Housing Authority to Provide Subsidized Housing for 1,000 Boston Public School Families at Risk of Displacement
March 30, 2020
On March 30, Mayor Walsh announced the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) are creating a new partnership to house up to 1,000 families with BPS students at risk of displacement and experiencing homelessness over the next year. The BHA will house up to 500 families living in shelters through the State's Leading the Way Home program, a partnership between the BHA and the State network of family shelters in which the BHA issues vouchers to displaced Boston families in shelter. The other 500 vouchers will be provided to families who are in precarious situations t
March 28, 2020
On March 28, Mayor Curtatone and the Somerville Board of Health announced an Emergency Order Establishing a Moratorium on Eviction Enforcement in the City of Somerville for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. The order, which applies to both residential and commercial evictions and goes into effect immediately, prohibits the physical act of eviction within the city limits so as to provide for the health, safety and stability of those who live in and serve our community.
March 26, 2020
On March 26, Governor Baker announced steps to keep vulnerable families in their homes, preserve the health and safety of low-income renters and homeowners, and prevent homelessness due to reduced or lost income. These steps include the following:
March 26, 2020
On March 26, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) launched a COVID-19 response website. The page contains information on affordable housing resources and updates with DHCD guidance and information related to its programs in response to COVID-19. To access the site, click here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-dhcd-website. #COVID-19
Massachusetts Dedicates Former Hospital for Shelter, Treatment of Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
March 26, 2020
On March 26, Governor Baker announced that a former Boston Medical Center hospital building will be temporarily reopened and used to meet COVID-19 related medical needs of area residents who are experiencing homelessness.
March 23, 2020
On March 23, Governor Baker issued an Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. Click here for the Governor's announcement.
March 20, 2020
On March 20, the Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity organized by the Massachusetts Public Health Association released urgent actions for Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey, and the Legislature to take on four state policy priorities to address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus outbreak on communities already experiencing marginalization, including low-wage workers, immigrants, and people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.