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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


HUD and FHFA Issue Statements on Eminent Domain Proposal – August 21, 2013

Both HUD and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued statements this month regarding the City of Richmond, California proposal to use eminent domain to acquire homes of underwater homeowners for less than their current market value.  The City would then re-sell the homes to the owners at market value using FHA-insured mortgages (see Slate and the

Save the date for Dec. 6th New England Housing Network 2013 Annual Conference-posted August 21, 2013


Save the Date:

New England Housing Network Annual Conference-2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham, MA


Plenary Session Featuring

Housing Finance Agency Executive Directors from all 6 New England states



Revised HomeBASE Regulation Issued - August 16, 2013

DHCD has issued the revised HomeBASE program regulation (760 CMR 65.00) as a emergency regulation.  Changes are highlighted in red.

DHCD Issues RFQ for Community Partnership Fund Administrator - August 15, 2013

DHCD has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for one or more non-profit entities to administer the Community Partnership Fund for the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) program.  Key responsibilities will include raising, managing and redistributing funds for qualified investments.  Responses are due by August 30, 2013 at noon.

Results of Boston Mayoral Candidate Questionnaires on Housing Issues - August 14, 2013

Housing groups recently released results of Boston Mayoral candidate questionnaires on housing and community development issues to better inform the public about how each of the candidates would address these issues.

Click here to learn where Mayoral Candidates stand on important housing issues.



HUD Issues Proposed FY2014 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) - August 13, 2013

HUD published proposed FMRs for FY2014 in an August 5 notice and table in the Federal Register.  As proposed, FMRs would rise in eight of the 19 FMR areas in Massachusetts and decrease in 11 areas (see summary).  The proposed Increases in the two-bedroom FMR range from 0.1% to 4.7%, including a $10 increase for the Boston-Cambridge

HUD Seeks Input on Draft Strategic Plan 2014-2018 - August 13, 2013

On August 9, HUD announced that it is seeking input on its draft Strategic Plan 2014-2018, and has established an interactive online forum on HUD Ideas in Action through which both HUD employees and the public may submit their feedback on the draft plan framework.  As detailed in the announcement, HUD will accept comments in two rounds.

President Obama Outlines Housing Agenda – August 8, 2013

President Obama gave a speech on Monday, August 6, in Phoenix outlining his housing policy agenda.

DHCD Announces $7.2 Million Disaster Relief Funding Opportunity – August 2, 2013

On August 2, DHCD announced that Massachusetts will receive $7.21 million in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) funds for use in communities affected by storms that received federal disaster designations in 2011 and 2012.  DHCD is requesting letters of interest by August 20, 2013 from cities and towns for potential CDBG-DR projects and activities.

DHCD Issues Notice on Emergency Case Status for HomeBASE Recipients – August 2, 2013

DHCD has issued its official notice (PHN 2013-16) to housing authority directors that, effective July 1, all applicants for state-aided public housing or MRVP will retain or be granted emergency case status notwithstanding receipt of HomeBASE rental assistance.