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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


DHCD Publishes the Final MRVP Administrative Plan - July 27, 2017

On August 1st, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) implemented its final MRVP Administrative Plan. The final Admin Plan incorporates the FY2018 budget language for MRVP, which increases the initial income eligibility for the program from 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) to 80% AMI. The plan also incorporates the updated regulations for MRVP (760 C.M.R. 49.00), which were promulgated on July 14th. 

Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund announces closing of HNEF I - July 26, 2017

– Private equity fund focuses on real estate projects that help build healthy communities –

Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez Appointed New Chair of House Committee on Ways & Means - July 17, 2017

On July 17th, Representative Jeffrey Sánchez was appointed the new Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, which oversees the state budget process. Rep. Sánchez replaces Chairman Brian Dempsey who resigned from the House of Representatives after representing Haverhill on Beacon Hill for nearly 27 years. Rep. Dempsey announced that he was leaving to take a job at the lobbying firm ML Strategies.

Governor Baker Signs FY2018 Budget with $320 million in Vetoes - July 17, 2017

On July 17th, Governor Baker signed a $39.4 billion FY2018 budget. The Governor made $320 million worth of vetoes, including $222 million from MassHealth and $42 million in line-item reductions. For an overview on the funding vetoes for CHAPA's affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development priorities, please click here.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - July 13, 2017

Read CHAPA's July Housing Briefs for state and federal housing updates and recent research!

DHCD Announces Information Sessions on Housing Trust Fund Supportive Housing Competitive Funding Round - July 10, 2017

DHCD has announced two information sessions about an upcoming National Housing Trust Fund Supportive Housing Competitive Funding Round. DHCD will prioritize these funds for projects that will provide service-enriched housing for homeless families and individuals.

Conference Committee Releases FY2018 State Budget - July 7, 2017

Today, the conference committee of leaders from the House and Senate released their FY2018 budget.

Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts Listening Sessions - June 23, 2017

The Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, formed earlier this year, will develop a plan to promote healthy aging in Massachusetts and to achieve the goal of making the Commonwealth the most age-friendly state for people of all ages. 


Massachusetts Hosts Olmstead Plan Listening Sessions- June 22, 2017

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is updating the state’s Olmstead Plan, a comprehensive working plan for assisting people with disabilities so they may live and work in the community, and the state is asking for your input.