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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


HUD Small Area Fair Market Rents Proposed Rule - June 16, 2016

HUD proposed a rule to require use of small area FMRs in metro areas where voucher use is overly concentrated.  Comments are due August 15.

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Request for Proposals for the Center for Community Recovery Innovations - June 16, 2016

The Center for Community Recovery Innovations (CCRI) is currently seeking proposals for one-time funding to promote affordable sober housing and supportive services in Massachusetts. Please see the full RFP for details.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - June 16, 2016

Read CHAPA's June Housing Briefs for state updates, federal updates, and recent research and reports!


Massachusetts Senate Passes FY2017 Budget - May 27, 2016

On May 26th, the Massachusetts Senate passed its $39.5 billion budget with strong investments in affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development programs. The Senate budget includes increases to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP), public housing reform, Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT), Housing Court, the Tenancy Preservation Program, and Home and Healthy for Good.
The Senate includes the following funding for CHAPA budget priorities:

CHAPA Action Alert! Immediate Action Needed to Get Additional Funding for MRVP - May 26, 2016

Please Call Senator Spilka, the Chair of Senate Ways and Means, and Senate President Rosenberg and Urge them to Pass Amendment 779

National Low Income Housing Coalition Releases Out of Reach 2016 - May 25, 2016

CONTACTS: Renee Willis, National Low Income Housing Coalition,, 202-662-1530 x247

Erin Roussinova, Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association,, 617-742-0820 x119

Housing Costs Too High in Massachusetts for Low-Wage Workers

Mayor Walsh Commits $7.5 Million to Create and Preserve Affordable Housing for All Boston Residents - May 24, 2016

First RFP for pilot Acquisition Opportunity Program released
For Immediate Release
May 24, 2016
Released By:
Mayor's Office
For More Information Contact:
Mayor's Press Office

Rep. Decker honored for public housing advocacy – May 21, 2016

The Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants awarded state Rep. Marjorie C. Decker its annual “Thelma Rogers Award” for her work in the Legislature and throughout her career in public service to expand access to safe, affordable public housing.
Jack Cooper, executive director of the Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants, said, “Residents were proud to award Rep. Decker because she exemplifies what we hope all tenants will be able to become once they leave public housing: a person who cares about their fellow citizen.”

CHAPA CALL TO ACTION! CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR: Massachusetts Senate Begins Debate on the FY2017 Budget - May 19, 2016

Earlier this week, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (SWM) released its state budget recommendations for fiscal year 2017 (FY2017). The budget includes strong support for many affordable housing and homelessness prevention programs. Click here for an overview of how CHAPA’s priorities were funded in the HWM budget proposal.