Housing News

June 18, 2020
On June 7, 2020, Governor Baker signed the COVID-19 data reporting law that allows for the collection and publication of certain COVID-19 data and creates a task force to understand the impact of the virus on underserved and underrepresented populations. Click here for a full summary of the data reporting law.
June 15, 2020
The decision making process on the expenditure of Federal funds through local cities and towns is unclear right now. Local advocacy is needed to get information about how federal funds are used in cities and towns and what process there may be for public input. 
June 8, 2020
On June 7, Governor Baker enacted a COVID-19 data law with new reporting requirements for public and affordable housing for seniors and persons with disabilities. The law requires these housing providers to report any known COVID-19 cases or deaths among residents or staff to the Department of Public Health (DPH) and local boards of health.
June 8, 2020
Earlier this spring, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) announced funding awards for the annual Supportive Housing round.
June 3, 2020
We at CHAPA are outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and so many more.  We are outraged by the continuous harassment of black and brown people as they birdwatch, go for a run, or shop in a store - harassed as they go about their daily lives. We are outraged by the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on black people, indigenous people, and people of color. 
June 3, 2020
On June 3, the City of Boston announced it will make another $5 million available for its Rental Relief Fund, adding to the $3 million that it launched the fund with in early April. City officials received 1,600 applications during the first period of eligibility and so far have paid $680,000 in assistance to 210 households. To qualify for the assistance, a Boston household must have an income at 80 percent or less of the area median income, which is $90,650 for a family of four.
June 1, 2020
Two landlords have challenged the statewide eviction moratorium in court.
May 28, 2020
On behalf of CHAPA and the Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts, thank you to all those who attended the RAFT webinar on Wednesday, May 20. A special thanks to all our speakers and panelists for sharing their expertise! As an immediate follow-up, we’ve posted the webinar recording online for you to access and share. Also, here are links to materials from the meeting:
May 28, 2020
The need for housing assistance is growing as residents are losing income and jobs and are not able to make rent and mortgage payments. With the eviction and foreclosure moratorium, the housing payments can be paused but rents and mortgages will still need to be paid. CHAPA sent a letter to the Legislature asking for a $50 million emergency appropriation to expand RAFT.
May 13, 2020
On May 12, Governor Baker filed a $1 billion supplemental budget (H.4707) for spending related to COVID-19. The Governor plans for the federal government to reimburse the state for the supplemental budget to cover the costs of expenses for disaster response activities.

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