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.
CHAPA’s Municipal Engagement Initiative Awarded Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds
October 2, 2020
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.
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