Housing News

March 14, 2020
On March 14, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced a partnership with private owners and managers to impose a moratorium on evictions while Massachusetts is under the COVID-19 emergency declaration. The partnership included the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) and its entity the Massachusetts Apartment Association. Currently, the following have agreed to the moratorium: Trinity Financial, Winn Residential, The Community Builders, Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), Maloney Properties, and Cruz.
March 14, 2020
On March 14, the Massachusetts Housing Court placed a hold on all non-emergency eviction cases until April 21, 2020. However, a party may seek to advance its case, upon filing a motion with the court and by making a showing of good cause. The Housing Court also encourages parties to settle cases by out-of-court agreements. To read the court order, click here.   #COVID-19
March 13, 2020
On March 13, 2020, Reps. Kevin Honan and Mike Connolly filed legislation (H.4935) that would place a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures in Massachusetts during the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration. Read the text of the bill here: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/HD4935.    #COVID-19
March 13, 2020
On March 13, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued a moratorium on the shutting off of residential utilities while the COVID-19 state of emergency remains declared. To read DPU's moratorium letter to National Grid and Eversource, visit: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-shutoff-moratorium-eversource-and-national-grid/download   #COVID-19
March 12, 2020
​ Check out our March 2020 Housing Briefs for state and federal housing updates as well as recent research and reports. This month features:
March 12, 2020
On the evening of March 12, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $15 million coronavirus response budget bill (H.4561) that the Legislature hurried to his desk in the afternoon. Much of the money is expected to be directed into communities for first responders and local boards of health. To read the text of the bill visit: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H4561.   #COVID-19
March 12, 2020
On March 12, the Boston Housing Authority announced it would suspend filing and pursuing of all non-essential evictions. The BHA defines non-essential cases to be nonpayment and cause cases that do not involve or include allegations of criminal activity or lease violations that impact the health or safety of BHA residents or employees and/or the general public. BHA intends to impose this suspension for the duration of the state of emergency.   #COVID-19
March 12, 2020
On March 12, Governor Baker issued an Executive Order modifying certain requirements of the Open Meeting Law, to enable public bodies to carry out their responsibilities while adhering to public health recommendations regarding social distancing. Learn more here: https://www.mass.gov/the-open-meeting-law. #COVID-19
March 10, 2020
On March 4, the Baker-Polito Administration filed a $240 million Economic Development Bill (H.4529).  In his press release, the Governor highlighted the following housing related provisions in the bill:
March 10, 2020
Housing Day has been POSTPONED Out of an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus, CHAPA has decided to postpone Housing Day at the State House scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11.

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