Housing News

October 6, 2023
The House and the Senate passed Veto overrides that would undo the vetoes by the Governor in the FY2024 budget. CHAPA thanks the Legislature for voting in favor of the housing veto overrides.  Through the Governor's vetoes, programs like Home & Healthy for Good, Housing Consumer Education Centers (HCECs), and Foreclosure Prevention and Counseling received lower funding than allocated by the legislature with vetoes to remove certain set-asides. 
October 5, 2023
On Wednesday, Governor Maura Healey signed into law a long-awaited bill that will provide a range of state tax cuts.  Included in the new law is a provision that will increase the spending cap on the state's Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program by $2
September 19, 2023
Governor Maura Healey submitted a supplemental budget on September 13th to ensure that Massachusetts closes Fiscal Year 2023 in a balanced financial state. This budget serves multiple purposes, including covering spending deficiencies, supporting new collective bargaining agreements, and providing shelter and services for families experiencing homelessness. See the Governor's letter and the budget allocations. Key points about the supplemental budget include:
September 18, 2023
The Joint Committee on Housing will host a hearing on housing-related bills on Wednesday, September 27, at 1:00 p.m.
September 18, 2023
Earlier this year, the House and Senate each passed tax relief legislation. Included in the Senate version was an increase in the authorization for the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program by $20 million for a total allocation of $60 million, and a provision to make the program permanent. This provision was not included by the House. 
September 15, 2023
CHAPA applauds the additional guidelines issued by the Administration to the MBTA Multi-family zoning law (3A) that adds thirteen state funding programs communities will be eligible for upon achieving compliance under the 3A law. The additional guidelines also allow communities to offset the minimum multifamily unit capacity in certain mixed-use zoning districts that require first-floor commercial space.  
August 29, 2023
On August 8th, Governor Healey declared a state of emergency and issued a call to action to expand resources for shelter, housing, and services for the more than 5,000 families now in the state's emergency shelter system.
August 22, 2023
On August 17th, the Healey Administration issued additional guidelines to the MBTA Multi-family zoning law (3A). The guidelines add 13 state funding programs that MBTA communities will be eligible for upon achieving compliance and allow MBTA communities the option to require ground-floor commercial space in multi-family buildings in up to 25% of their multi-family districts. Because commercial requirements can drive up the cost of housing production and make projec
August 17, 2023
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH), Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), and the undersigned organizations support the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s efforts to expand resources for shelter, housing, and other resources for families experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts. We affirm the Administration’s commitment to preserving access to the Commonwealth’s Emergency Assistance family shelter system for all eligible families with children.
August 9, 2023
Governor Healey signed the Fiscal Year 2024 budget, a $56 billion budget with increased investments in rental assistance programs, and vetoes on other critical priorities. 

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