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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


White House Issues “Regulatory Freeze” - January 26, 2016

On January 20, the White House issued a memo ordering an immedi

CHAPA Mourns the Loss of our First Director, Bob McKay - January 24, 2017

CHAPA mourns the loss of our first Director, Bob McKay, who passed away at age 91. Bob was a passionate advocate for affordable housing and low income tenants throughout his long and distinguished career. He was key to launching the affordable housing movement in Boston and throughout the state in the mid-1960s. A consummate networker, he kept CHAPA at the forefront of a changing housing arena for 20 years. Many former and current CHAPA members owe their involvement in the field to Bob. He will be missed.  

The Kuehn Charitable Foundation Announces the Opening of the 2017-2019 Kuehn Fellowship Application Process - January 12, 2017

The Kuehn Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its application process for the 2017-2019 Kuehn Fellowship.  The Fellowship offers a two-year placement with paid stipend ($65,000) at one of seven active Greater Boston area housing nonprofits. There is additional support for launching a career in affordable housing development from the Fellow cohort and alumni, an individual mentor and monthly Fellow gatherings. The goals of the program are to both interest young people in the field and add capacity to the Massachusetts housing community.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - January 12, 2017

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


Hearing Jan. 12 on Nomination of HUD Secretary-Designate Dr. Benjamin Carson - January 6, 2017

The COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS will meet in OPEN SESSION to conduct a hearing on the nomination of Secretary-Designate Dr. Benjamin Carson, of Michigan, to be Secretary of the U.S.

Video Available from New England Housing Network Federal Forum: What will the Trump Administration and Congress do about the unmet need for affordable housing in our country?

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's New England Housing Network Federal Forum and discussed how to work together to advocate for affordable housing in the Trump Administration. The video from the forum is now available! For the video and additional materials from the event, visit

We also want to say a special thank you to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for hosting, to our national and New England speakers, and to our event sponsors!

National Speakers:

MCBC Announces Release of Changing Patterns XXIII - December 21, 2016

In Changing Patterns XXIII the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council (MCBC) offers information on patterns of mortgage lending in the City of Boston, in Greater Boston, in Massachusetts, and in thirty-six large cities and towns. Specifically, the report examines:

Continuing Resolution Passed, Keeping Federal Programs Funded Through April - December 12, 2016

With just hours to spare before the deadline, Congress avoided a government shutdown by passing a short-term continuing resolution (CR) on December 9. The CR maintains the FY17 spending cap of $1.07 trillion and keeps the federal government funded through April 28, 2017. President Obama signed the bill into law early the next day.

DHCD Releases Proposed Amendments to MRVP Regulations - December 12, 2016

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) posted its proposed amendments to regulations for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP).  For a document showing the changes the proposed amendments make to exisiting regulations, please click here.

DHCD will host two public hearings on the proposed amendments: