Housing News

February 4, 2020
On February 4, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $44 million in direct aid and tax credit allocations to support 11 projects that will create more than 580 new rental units, including 443 units affordable to low and very-low income households.
February 3, 2020
On January 22, Governor Baker released his FY2021 Budget Proposal. The proposal allocated level funding for most of CHAPA's affordable housing, community development, and homelessness prevention budget priorities.
January 31, 2020
On January 31, 2020, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy announced the departure of Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Janelle Chan, who leaves the Department for Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to join the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) as a Senior Policy Fellow. Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Maddox will serve as Acting Undersecretary, effective as of February 4, 2020.
January 23, 2020
On January 23, Governor Baker announced over $2.6 million in Brownfields Redevelopment Fund awards to support the environmental assessment and cleanup of 16 contaminated and challenging sites across the Commonwealth. Once complete, the 16 projects are projected to redevelop 44.3 acres, create or preserve 682 housing units, and provide 1,625 full-time, part-time, and construction jobs.
January 10, 2020
On January 8, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $5 million in capital grants to 30 communities under the Housing Choice Initiative. The Housing Choice Community Capital Grant Program funds infrastructure improvements in those communities that have shown commitment to advancing sustainable housing production.
December 20, 2019
On December 19, the Joint Committee on Housing, chaired by Rep. Kevin Honan and Sen. Brendan Crighton, voted 24 housing production bills out of committee, including several of CHAPA's legislative priorities. The following CHAPA priority bills were advanced out of the Committee:
December 20, 2019
On December 19, the Senate passed the Local Housing Authority (LHA) Board Member bill - S.2440, An Act relative to local housing authority board member elections, during an informal session. This bill ensures that housing authority tenants will participate in the governance of their homes. It helps LHAs in towns to operate more effectively by creating a process to appoint a resident to the tenant designated seat on housing authority boards.
December 20, 2019
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) increased the administrative fee for all state funded voucher programs from $40 to $50 effective February 1, 2020. These voucher programs include the Mass. Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP) and the Dept. of Mental Health Rental Subsidy Program (DMH- RSP). Click here to read DHCD's announcement.
December 20, 2019
On December 20,  President Trump signed two spending bills for FY2020 to avoid a government shutdown. The bills provide increased funding for affordable housing and community development programs at HUD and USDA. Key highlights include $1.35 billion for the HOME Investment Partnership program; and $3.4 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program — both $100 million increases from FY2019 funding levels.
December 19, 2019
The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service released final regulations for investments in opportunity zones. The regulations provide additional guidance for deferring gains invested in equity interests in qualified opportunity funds (QOFs); excluding additional gains from gross income after holding equity interests for at least 10 years; and for an entity to qualify as a QOF. For more information, click here for the Treasury's press release.

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