Housing News

March 19, 2020
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released a paper outlining its policy recommendations for combating the COVID-19 emergency. CBPP’s proposal includes over $2 billion for housing including:
March 18, 2020
Update 3/19/2020 - DHCD's requirement to hold a public hearing to hear comments about the 2021 Moving to Work Annual Plan has not been waived, so the department will hold one hearing using Gotomeeting, which is ADA compliant, according to the ADA National Network on March 23, 2020, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The public hearing in Springfield, originally scheduled for March 25, has been CANCELLED.  
March 18, 2020
On March 18, the City of Cambridge instituted a Temporary Emergency Construction Moratorium on all construction activity on both public and private property until further notice. This is being done to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of construction workers and all other workers associated with the construction industry as well as members of the public.
March 18, 2020
On March 18, 2020, President Trump announced at a press conference that he has directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to suspend evictions and foreclosures through April. This move will provide many Americans with housing stability as many workers deal with the economic effects of COVID-19.
March 17, 2020
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, DHCD extended the deadline for communities to submit Housing Choice designation application to April 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
March 17, 2020
If you are a current 40B homeowner or are in the process of applying for a 40B resale please contact Program Manager, David Gasser for instructions on how to submit your applications and/or resale and refinance requests. David can be reached at dgasser@chapa.org or 617-701-7498. Thank you for your understating and cooperation at this time. 
March 16, 2020
On March 16, 2020, CHAPA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in response to its proposed change to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. There were over 900 comments submitted by the March 16th deadline.
March 16, 2020
On March 16, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh suspended all regular activity at construction sites in Boston. The only work that will be permitted moving forward will be emergency work, which will need to be approved by the City of Boston's Inspectional Services Department. This policy is effective as of March 17 and will be reviewed at regular intervals.
March 16, 2020
On March 16, 2020, the Senate is prepared to return to Capitol Hill from a weekend recess to take up the Families First Coronavirus Response bill.
March 15, 2020
On March 15, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the creation of a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to Massachusetts businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation will receive and process all applications for this fund. More information and applications can be found at: https://www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org/what-we-offer/emergency-loan-funds/covid-19-loan-fund   #COVID-19

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