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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


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:

CALL FOR DONATIONS: Please Support Families Affected by Cambridge Fire at Just-A-Start Affordable Housing Development - December 9, 2016

On December 3, a devastating fire damaged and destroyed many homes in Cambridge.  Just-A-Start, our partner in affordable housing and community development, owns St. Patrick's Place, an affordable housing development that was damaged by the fire. Unfortunately, 32 families living in this development were affected, many of whom lost everything in the fire.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - December 8, 2016

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

DHCD Announces NOFA for Winter 2017 Affordable Housing Rental Round - November 18, 2016

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the start of the winter 2017 affordable housing competition for rental projects. 

DHCD will give priority to projects that provide affordable housing for homeless families or individuals.  Potential project sponsors must reserve at least 10% of the units for homeless families or individuals earning less than 30% of area median income. DHCD will also promote the development of mixed-income housing work, with a combination of market rate and affordable units.

HUD Publishes Final Small Area FMR Rule - November 16, 2016

On November 15, HUD announced the publication of a final rule requiring the use of small area fair market rents (SAFMRs) in 24 metropolitan areas where housing choice voucher use is particularly concentrated in high-poverty neighborhoods (none in Massachusetts).

CHAPA Housing Briefs - November 10, 2016

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