Housing News

August 2, 2018
On August 1, the U.S. Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill. This appropriations bill funds important HUD programs such as Housing Choice Vouchers, Project-Based Rental Assistance, and Public Housing, among many others. The HUD funding bill was included in a package that funded three other departments and was passed with broad bi-partisan support, 92-6.
August 1, 2018
On Monday, July 30, the State Legislature passed a compromise bill that would establish a first in the nation statewide registry for short-term rentals like AirBnB, and would also tax such accommodations like motels and hotels. The bill also authorizes municipalities to impose a special fee on short-term rentals that must be used, in part, for affordable housing or local infrastructure projects. It would also require short-term rentals to carry $1 million in liability insurance.
August 1, 2018
On August 1, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the “Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, and Equity (HOME) Act” (S.3342). This bill would provide a refundable tax credit to households who spend more than 30% of their income on rent. The credit amount would be based on a calculation that takes into consideration annual rent and annual income.
August 1, 2018
On July 31, the Legislature established an Economic Mobility Commission as part of the Economic Development Bill (
July 31, 2018
On July 30, the Massachusetts Legislature finalized the FY2019 state budget and overrode Governor Baker's veto of the budget item that supports foreclosure prevention and housing counseling programs across the state (7006-0011). The Legislature voted to restore $500,000 to the program as well as language in the budget line-item that authorized the grants to support foreclosure and housing counseling programs.
July 27, 2018
On July 26, Governor Baker signed a $41.2 billion FY2019 state budget. The governor returned the budget to the Legislature with $48.9 million in spending vetoes.  
July 26, 2018
On July 26, Governor Baker signed a $41.2 billion FY2019 state budget. The governor returned the budget with $48.9 million in spending vetoes. For information on the Governor's actions on the budget, please click here. 
July 26, 2018
On July 26, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Awards, providing more than $32 million across 41 projects, which will benefit 59 communities. These awards will enable communities to address local needs by pursuing a variety of housing, community, and economic development projects.  
July 26, 2018
On July 25, the Massachusetts Senate passed an Economic Development Bill (S.2625). The bill contains a $200 million capital re-authorization for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which provides grants to support economic development and affordable housing projects. The Senate also adopted two amendments supported by CHAPA:
July 26, 2018
On July 25, Governor Baker announced the 2018 rental housing awards, which will provide $57 million in direct subsidies for 19 projects to fund the development, renovation and preservation of housing opportunities throughout Massachusetts.