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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


CHAPA Action Alert! Contact Your State Senator to Support Affordable Housing, Homelessness Prevention, and Community Development Programs in the FY2018 Budget! - May 18, 2017

Earlier this week, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (SWM) released its state budget recommendations for fiscal year 2018 (FY2018). The budget includes strong support for many affordable housing and homelessness prevention programs! For an overview of how CHAPA’s priorities were funded in the SWM budget proposal, please click here.

Senate Ways and Means Releases FY2018 State Budget Proposal - May 16, 2017

Today, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (SWM) released its FY2018 state budget proposal. The budget includes strong investments in affordable housing and homelessness prevention resources.

In a letter filed with the budget proposal, Senator Karen Spilka, Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, wrote: 

DHCD Issues Draft Guidelines for Calculating 40B General Land Area Minimums - May 15, 2017

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) issued Draft Guidelines for calculating the 40B general land area minimum. DHCD has issued these guidelines to increase fairness, improve the efficiency of the application review process, and to ensure consistency with the intent of the regulations for the purposes of calculating whether SHI Eligible Housing is on sites comprising more than 1.5% of the total land area zoned for residential, commercial, or industrial use, pursuant to M.G.L.

Governor Baker Releases FY2018 Capital Budget - May 11, 2017

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration released its FY2018 Capital Budget. The capital budget will be funded with $2.26 billion of General Obligation Bonds. For the Governor's press release on the capital budget, click here.

Awards Ceremony Held for 17th Annual Greater Boston Affordable Housing Development Competition - May 11, 2017

On April 26, the students in the Greater Boston Affordable Housing Development Competition presented innovative and comprehensive proposals for developing affordable housing in communities across Massachusetts. Congratulations to the winning teams, and thank you to everyone who participated, including the students, developers, mentors, sponsors, and academic sponsors!

CHAPA Housing Briefs - May 11, 2017

Read CHAPA's May Housing Briefs for state and federal housing updates!


DHCD Releases Revised Public Housing Regulations - May 9, 2017

On May 5th, DHCD released revised regulations for public housing in Massachusetts. Specifically, DHCD promulgated new regulations for:

DHCD Releases NOFA for “A Better Life” Planning Grants for Local Housing Authorities - May 8, 2017

On May 3rd, DHCD released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for A Better Life (ABL) planning grants. DHCD will award up to $500,000 in planning grants for up to five local housing authorities to research, design, and prepare to launch the ABL program in their state-aided public housing portfolio. ABL was originally designed by the Worcester Housing Authority to help public housing residents achieve economic self-sufficiency, which may include moving to private sector housing, increasing incomes, and building assets.

Congress Agrees on FY2017 Budget - May 1, 2017

On May 1, Congress reached an agreement on an FY2017 budget that will fund the federal government through September and averts a government shut down. The spending package is expected to be voted on later this week before the current Continuing Resolution ends on May 5th, a full seven months after the start of the fiscal year in October 2016.