Maritza Crossen is the Director of Real Estate Services at CHAPA.
July 12, 2022
July 8, 2022
On July 7, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) posted a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) High Readiness Round. The NOFA can be viewed on COMMBUYS, the state's online procurement record system.
July 6, 2022
On July 5, the Joint Committee on Bonding advanced an Economic Development Bill (H.4977), originally filed by Governor Baker and reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Economic Development. The Bonding Committee made minor changes to the bill and still contains the nearly $270 million in capital authorizations for affordable housing programs, a more than tripling of the Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP), and reforms to increase housing authorities’ ability to rehabilitate and improve public housing.
June 21, 2022
Everyone in Massachusetts deserves the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, and affordable home in the community they choose. By focusing on the production and preservation of affordable homes, equitable planning in all of our cities and towns, and prosperity of our neighbors and communities,
June 14, 2022
On June 13, the Joint Committee on Economic Development advanced an Economic Development Bill (H.4864), originally filed by Governor Baker. The committee stripped $2.3 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds from the bill. However, the bill still contains nearly $270 million in capital authorizations for affordable housing programs, a tripling of the Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP), and reforms to increase housing authorities’ ability to rehabilitate and improve public housing. The bill is now before the Joint Committee on Bonding.
June 13, 2022
The FY2023 state budget is now before a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate budget proposals. The members of conference committee are:
June 3, 2022
On June 3, CHAPA, The Boston Foundation, Metro Housing|Boston, and the Regional Housing Network of Massachusetts released a brief memo, The Benefits of Rental Assistance as a Right, with information about the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program and how we can chart a path for getting every eligible household the rental assistance they need.
May 31, 2022
The Senate concluded FY2023 budget debate on May 26th. CHAPA's priority amendments on MRVP, HomeBASE and CPA were adopted, with increased funding over the House allocations for many of CHAPA’s affordable housing priorities, including the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program and RAFT. The House and Senate will reconcile the differences through a Conference Committee soon.
United Way, MHSA, CHAPA, Housing Advocates Support Baker-Polito Administration’s New Targeted, Flexible Funding Pilot to Support Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness
May 25, 2022
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA), Citizens’ Housing & Planning Association (CHAPA), Pine Street Inn, Father Bill’s & MainSpring, and Heading Home today announce their support of the Baker-Polito Administration’s proposed new “One Door” pilot program to provide permanent supportive housing to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
May 18, 2022
On May 18, Governor Baker filed a $1.7 billion FY2022 supplemental budget (H.4802). According to the Governor's press release, the budget contains $310 million for housing development.