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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


State Planning Grant Funds Available for Zoning for Sustainable Housing Production – September 22, 2017

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is making grant funding available to municipalities and Regional Planning Agencies to support efforts to plan, zone, and act to conserve and develop land consistent with the Massachusetts Sustainable Development Principles.  Grants are available for diverse land use planning related work, with set-asides of $250,000 each for four priorities:(1) zoning for sustainable housing production ((e.g.

Massachusetts House of Representatives Begins Overrides of FY2018 Budget Vetoes - September 14, 2017

On September 13th, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to override $275 million in spending from the FY2018 state budget that Governor Baker vetoed in July. According to House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sánchez, the House started with veto overrides for programs that have a statewide impact. Most of the funding restored to the budget included $220 million for MassHealth.

The House voted to restore funding to several of CHAPA's affordable housing and homelessness prevention priorities. These include overrides for the following programs:

CHAPA Housing Briefs - September 13, 2017

Read CHAPA's September Housing Briefs for state and federal housing upd

DHCD Announces Comment Period for Regulations for Occupancy Standards and Tenant Participation for State-Aided Public Housing - September 8, 2017

On September 8th, DHCD gave notice for a public comment period on proposed amendments to regulations on Occupancy Standards and Tenant Participation for State-Aided Housing (760 CMR 6.00). Written comments on the proposed regulatory amendments are due on October 6, 2017. For more information on the regulations, please visit DHCD’s website by clicking here.

HUD Publishes Proposed 2018 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) - September 6, 2017

In a notice published on September 1 in the Federal Register, HUD published its proposed FMRs for FY2018.  The new FMRs will go into effect on October 2 except in cases where HUD receives a request for a re-evaluation.  Comments are due no later than October 2.  As proposed, FMRs will increase in 18 FMR areas in Massachusetts and decline in one (the Lawrence FMR area) and 10 areas will see two-bedroom FMR increases of 10% or mor

Community Meetings on Housing Court Expansion - September 5, 2017

It is very exciting to be able to take the next step on housing court expansion and hold community meeting. Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), with local partners, has set up a series of meetings over the next two months to talk about the implementation of expanding Housing Court statewide. All are welcome. The purpose of these meetings will be to:

DHCD Announces Supportive Housing NOFA - August 30, 2017

On August 29, 2017, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) released a supportive housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and other DHCD funding sources. The NOFA is posted at DHCD’s website at

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.2 Million for Community Scale Housing Initiative - August 24, 2017

The Baker-Polito Administration awarded the inaugural $2.2 million round of Community Scale Housing Initiative awards for the development and construction of 36 new affordable rental housing units in Arlington, Norwell, and West Tisbury.

DHCD to Hold Information Sessions on Upcoming Rental Competitions - August 22, 2017

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will be holding multiple rental funding competitions during the next six to seven months.  As described on DHCD's website, it intends to host a mini-competition for highly-ready family production projects in October 2017.

DHCD Announces October 2017 Mini-Rental Round Competition - August 16, 2017

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has identified a limited amount of federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and state bond funds that could be made available competitively to certain highly ready projects before the end of 2017. Because of the great demand for new, family housing, projects must represent affordable or affordable/mixed-income family housing that meet the definition of production in the 2017 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP).