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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Affordable Housing is focus of March 29 Boomer Generation Radio - March 29, 2016

On March 29th, Brenda Clement was on Boomer Generation Radio and discussed how the growing gap between housing costs and what people can afford negatively impacts different communities and age groups.

HUD FY 2016 Income Limits Released - March 29, 2016

HUD posted its 2016 income limits effective March 28.  Background information and individual area documentation can be found at Click here for the income limits for MA.

HUD Request for Comment on AFFH State Tool - March 17, 2016

On March 11, HUD issued a draft assessment tool for states under AFFH and comments are due May 10.  The tool outlines the questions states will have to address when putting together their Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH), including questions on their QAP.  The notice can be found on HUD’s website:

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $21 Million for Affordable Housing Construction - March 11, 2016

Awards will support the creation of 312 units for at-risk populations

Framingham – March 11, 2016 – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $21 million in affordable housing awards, including $10.6 million from the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund (HPSTF), to create 312 new units of supportive housing for homeless individuals and families, veterans, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - March 9, 2016

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


AFP Massachusetts Chapter Diversity Fellowship Program - March 9, 2016

Encouraging diversity within the fundraising profession

The AFP Massachusetts Chapter Diversity Fellowship provides up to ten qualified individuals annually with two year scholarships that include:

Roger Williams University Community Partnerships Center Seeks Project Applications - March 9, 2016

Does your organization/agency have a project that you’ve always wanted to undertake but currently lack the staff or funding to start the work? The Roger Williams University (RWU) Community Partnerships Center (CPC) may be able to help.
The RWU CPC connects teams of faculty and students with local organizations to tackle projects that will benefit the local community and provide RWU students with hands-on, experiential learning.

CHAPA’s Spring 2016 Regional Meetings

Each year, CHAPA travels across Massachusetts to meet with housing professionals, advocates, community members, elected officials, and other stakeholders that want to expand access to safe, quality, and affordable housing.  Please join us as we share updates on affordable housing and to help us develop agendas for our public policy, research, and programming for the year. 

Chelsea Regional Meeting
March 16, 2016
9:30 – 11:00am

NLIHC Posts New Estimates of 2016 National Housing Trust Fund Allocations by State

Based on the year end reports of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) estimates that a total of $186.6 million be will available for distribution to states through the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) in 2016.  It has posted updated estimates of the allocation each state will receive at  It estimates that Massachusetts will receive $3.72 million in 2016.  For additional information on NHTF, click

Diane Yentel to be New President of National Low Income Housing Coalition - February 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Diane Yentel, veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate, has been named as the new President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) by the coalition’s board of directors. She will replace Sheila Crowley, the coalition’s long time President and CEO, who is retiring. The transition will take place in April.