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A Message from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on the Affordable Care Act - July 25, 2013

A Message from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on the Affordable Care Act:

The following video message from Secretary Donovan provides more infomratoin about the Affordable Care Act and its importance to the poeple HUD serves, HUD employees, and friends and family.  To view the video please click here.

FHLB Accepting Nominations for 2014 Advisory Council - July 25, 2013

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (FHLB) is now accepting nominations to fill three vacancies on its 2014 Advisory Council.  The vacant seats are for individuals actively involved in providing or promoting community lending in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, respectively. 

Dorchester Project First in Nation to Close on “Choice Neighborhoods” Funding – July 23, 2013

MassHousing announced yesterday that it has closed on financing arrangements on Quincy Heights, the first project in the nation funded under HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods grant program to reach the closing table.

HUD Issues Final HOME Rule - July 23, 2013

HUD will publish its revised Final Rule for the HOME program in the Federal Register tomorrow, more than 19 months after it issued a draft revised rule for comment in December 2011.  A preview copy is available online.  According to HUD's summary (pages 8-10 of the preview copy), key changes to the 2012 draft rule include clarifying the definition of "commitment" of funds, allowing CHDOs to use consultants to demonstrate capacity but only for first year of their participation as a CHDO, allowing CHDOs to become owner

DHCD Announces "Hold Harmless" Income Limit Policy - July 23, 2013

DHCD has adopted a new "hold harmless" income limit policy for developments that do not have federal subsidies.  (Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-Exempt Bond-financed projects are already protected under a HUD hold-harmless policy.)  As outlined in a memo dated July 22, the policy will apply to both rental and homeownership developments placed in service prior to December 11, 2012, or at the discretion of the funding agency,  new developments that received funding commitments prior to December 11,

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NLIHC Issues Action Alert Urging All to Contact their US Senators on HUD Funding Bill - July 19, 2013

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) reports that the full Senate may consider the Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations bill for HUD as early as Tuesday, July 23.  Given spending cuts proposed by the House, many housing advocacy groups, including NLIHC, are urging constituents to contact their Senators to make sure a spending bill is considered and passed.


HUD Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule Issued for Comment - July 18, 2013

HUD's long-awaited proposed rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) was issued today and will be published in the Federal Register on July 19.  The deadline for comment is 60 days following publication in the Federal Register (approximately September 17).

DHCD Issues Proposed Amendments to Chapter 40R Regulation - July 12, 2013

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) issued proposed amendments to the Smart Growth Overlay District (Chapter 40R) regulation  (760 CMR 59.00) today.  It will hold a hearing on the proposed amendment on August 13 and will accept written comments through that date as well, as detailed in the below notice.




DHCD Announces $4 million in Funding Awards for Homelessness Programs - July 10, 2013

The Patrick Administration's Department of Housing and Community Development announced the award of almost $4 million in federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding to assist homeless and at risk individuals and families in Massachusetts.  The awards include $1.47 million for rapid rehousing to help an estimated 612 individuals move from homeless shelters to permanent housing,  $1.6 million to support 268 unfunded shelter beds for individuals, 37 unfunded beds for non-EA-eligible homeless families and 12 new units for families fleeing domestic violence, and over $850,000 for homelessnes