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The age of rental?

by Ryan Sloan on May 10, 2011

Some thoughts on the housing market, rental housing, and how to find an affordable rental from FOX 25 in Boston:

Housing crisis: The age of rental?: MyFoxBOSTON.com

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The document, among other program information, covers objectives, goals, and evaluation criteria for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) program Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) program Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

Draft 2011 One Year Action Plan for CDGB, HOME, ESG & HOPWA

Two public hearings have been scheduled this month in connection with the draft 2011 plan:

Tuesday, January 25, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Department of Housing and Community Development 100 Cambridge St. Boston, MA 02114 Second Floor Conference Room B

Friday, January 28, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM West Springfield Municipal Building 26 Central St. West Springfield, MA 01089

Written comments may be submitted to:

DHCD, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114; Attention: Alana Murphy.

Emails may be sent to Alana.murphy@state.ma.us.

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The state of Massachusetts does not make this information available online but kindly provided Housing Think with the pdfs for their round I LIHTC applications and allocations:

Applications:
2010-1 Apps Public

Allocations:
10-1ALLOC

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Yesterday, Massachusetts’ catholic bishops released a statement in support of the affordable housing law known as Chapter 40b. The law is currently up for repeal in november as ballot question 2.

Chapter 40b, enacted in 1969, is a state statute aimed at guaranteeing that 10% of a given communities housing stock is affordable to low or medium income residents. It incentives affordable housing development (section 21) by simplifying the process for attaining permits, granting developers the ability to apply for one comprehensive permit from the zoning board of appeals, as opposed to multiple permits from the local agencies responsible for the specific aspects of the project.Vote NO on #2

Proponents of the repeal site the law as a leading cause of the high cost of housing in the state and view the simplified permit process as a violation of local authority and due process. Those opposed to the repeal, the bishops included, claim repealing the law will remove an important tool for encouraging the continued availability of affordable housing.

The church specifically sites “a significant need for affordable housing across the state” as well as the human right to housing as primary motivations for their support of the law. The church also notes the success of the law in its intended purpose, siting the construction of “over 58,000 units for seniors, young working families and disabled persons in communities throughout Massachusetts.”

You can read the full statement here:
Massachusetts Catholic Conference Communication Sept 21, 2010 – Catholic Bishops Issue Statement on Question 2 and Affordable Housing Law (9/21/10)

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