Housing News

June 6, 2019
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m., to amend the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP). DHCD intends to amend the current QAP to schedule a mini-competition for certain highly ready, multi-family rental production projects. The deadline for the competition will be October 31, 2019, with pre-applications due on September 12, 2019.
May 28, 2019
On May 23, the Massachusetts State Senate voted to approve its final budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) thanks the Senate for prioritizing investments in affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development that will help families succeed and build thriving communities.
May 24, 2019
On May 23, the Massachusetts State Senate concluded debate on its FY2020 state budget. For a table showing the final funding amounts for CHAPA's budget priorities, click here. During budget debate, the Senate approved additional funding for several of CHAPA's budget priorities through amendments:
May 14, 2019
On May 7, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its $42.7 billion state budget proposal for FY2020. CHAPA thanks Senate President Karen Spilka, Senator Michael Rodrigues, Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and other members of the Ways and Means Committee for their strong investments in affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development programs!
May 7, 2019
On May 7, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its FY2020 state budget proposal.The proposal provides increased funding for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, the Alternative Housing Voucher Program, and Public Housing - three of CHAPA's top priorities for affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development resources. The budget also proposes an increase housing and services for homeless youth.
May 7, 2019
On May 7, the Baker Administration announced supportive housing awards to produce and preserve 147 units of supportive housing for vulnerable populations, including homeless families and individuals, veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and individuals with disabilities.  
May 7, 2019
United States Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, released draft legislation, entitled, “Housing is Infrastructure act of 2019.” Chairwoman Waters announced the legislation at a
May 7, 2019
The multi-step process for Congress to approve an annual appropriations bill kicked off in April, setting the stage for bicameral, bi-partisan, and intraparty negotiations to fund the federal government.
May 7, 2019
In April, The Federal Housing Finance Agency released the 2018 national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) annual allocation to HUD. The HTF targets funding to help build and preserve affordable housing with a particular emphasis on rental housing for extremely low-income households. The first allocation from the trust fund was disbursed to the states in 2016.
May 7, 2019
On April 17th the Trump Administration released a proposed a rule to prevent undocumented immigrants from accessing federal housing assistance like public housing and section 8. While details of the rule are not available during the 15-day Congressional review period, the rule will become public in the coming days, after which there will be 60 days for public comment. CHAPA will submit comments.