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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (the Bank) has Announced $18.2 Million for 2013 Round of Affordable Housing Program (AHP) - May 6, 2013

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (the Bank) has announced it has $18.2 million available for the 2013 round of their Affordable Housing Program (AHP).

The AHP encourages local planning of affordable rental and homeownership initiatives and allows the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston to address, in partnership with their member institutions, affordable-housing needs in communities across New England. A portion of the Bank's net earnings funds the program, which awards grants and low-interest advances or loans, through member institutions.

Housing Briefs - May 2, 2013

State Updates

Massachusetts House Debates FY’14 Budget: Housing Programs Hold Steady

CHAPA Hiring Intern for Summer 2013 - April 30, 2013

Summer Internship Description – Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, Summer 2013

Internship Duration: May 2013 – August 2013

Work load: 20 hours per week for 10 weeks


CHAPA Action Alert: Call Your State Representative Today and Ask Them to Support Housing Budget Amendments - April 18, 2013


Call Your State Representative Today and Ask Them to Support Housing Budget Amendments

Find the contact information for your Representative at or by calling (617) 722-2000.

Federal Housing Finance Agency Extends Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) until 2015 - April 11, 2013

Washington, DC – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to extend the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) by two years to December 31, 2015. The program was set to expire December 31, 2013.

Please click here to read the full press release from FHFA.

President Releases FY2014 Proposed Budget; HUD Budget Stronger on Rental Assistance Programs than on Housing Production Programs - April 11, 2013

To view more details of HUD's proposed budget, visit HUD's web page on the FY2014 Budget.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has also published an analysis of housing programs' funding in the FY2014 proposed budget. NLIHC provides some highlights of the HUD budget as it pertains to supporting low-income households:

The MacArthur Foundation Releases Results of National 'How Housing Matters' Survey - April 5, 2013

The MacArthur Foundation today released the results of their national How Housing Matters Survey conducted by Hart Research Associates. 1,433 adults were surveyed via telephone and asked about their perceptions regarding the current housing market and attitudes about renting vs. homeownership.

HUD Kicks Off Fair Housing Month with Launch of National Media Campaign - April 4, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) today launched a national media campaign to educate the public and housing providers about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. The campaign, titled “Fair Housing Is Your Right. Use It,” includes English, Spanish, and Chinese radio and print public service advertisements (PSAs) that feature examples of actions which violate the Fair Housing Act and let the public know what to do if they experience housing discrimination.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Reports on Sequester Impacts: 'Sequestration Could Deny Rental Assistance To 140,000 Low - Income Families' - April 4, 2013

According to CBPP: The budget cuts known as "sequestration,” initiated on March 1, will likely force state and local housing agencies to cut the number of low-income families using Housing Choice Vouchers to afford housing by roughly 140,000 by early 2014. This represents a sharp break from Congress’ bipartisan commitment which it has met for most of the voucher program’s nearly 40-year history to renew assistance for at least the same number of families from year to year.