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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


DHCD and MassHousing Announce $10 million for Community Scale Housing Initiative - February 28, 2017

On Februray 24th, the Department of Housing and Community Development  (DHCD) and MassHousing announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for a new Community Scale Housing Initiative (CSHI) - a collaboration between the agencies to support small-scale projects in smaller cities and towns across the Commonwealth.  

Governor Baker Files Supplemental Budget for Emergency Assistance Family Shelter System - February 21, 2017

On February 17th, Governor Baker filed a $259 million supplemental budget for underfunded programs in the current FY2017 state budget.

The Governor provided nearly $21 million more for Emergency Assistance (7004-0101) family shelter system. This would bring total spending for Emergency Assistance shelters in FY2017 to $176 million. The budget also amends the foreclosure counseling program (7006-0011) to allow these funds to be used for Housing Consumer Education Centers (HCECs).

Housing Committee Members Announced - February 17, 2017

The Massachusestts House of Representatives and Senate made their legislative committee assignments this week.  

Rep. Kevin Honan was reappointed as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing. Sen. Joseph Boncore was appointed as the new Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing.  Other members of the Legislature assigned to the Housing Committee include:

CHAPA Housing Briefs - February 8, 2017

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


CHAPA Welcomes the New Members of the Legislature

CHAPA welcomes the new members of the Massachusetts State Legislature. We look forward to working with you on affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development issues.

Sen. Julian Cyr
Sen. Adam Hinds
Sen. Walter Timilty
Rep. Mike Connolly
Rep. Will Crocker
Rep. William Driscoll
Rep. Dylan Fernandes
Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose
Rep. Natalie Higgins
Rep. Jack Lewis
Rep. Juana Matias
Rep. Joan Meschino
Rep. Brian Murray
Rep. Chynah Tyler
Rep. Bud Williams

CHAPA Action Alert! Ask Your State Legislators to Co-Sponsor Bills to Support Affordable Housing, Homelessness Prevention, & Community Development! - January 31, 2017

As the new legislative session begins, we ask for you to please reach out to your State Representative and State Senator to ask them to co-sponsor key bills in support of CHAPA’s Legislative Agenda for affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development in Massachusetts.

CHAPA 2016 Annual Report - January 30, 2017

Our 2016 Annual Report is out! Thank you for your partnership and strong support as we advocate for safe, healthy, and affordable homes for all.