Housing Bond Bill Passes—CHAPA

THURSDAY, MAY 24—Yesterday, the conference committee released its compromise Housing Bond Bill, which was quickly taken up and passed by the House and Senate. The bill now heads to the Governor for his signature.

The final bond bill contains the full $1.8 billion capital reauthorization for housing programs; a $5 million expansion for both the state LIHTC and Historic Tax Credit; an expansion of the Community Investment Tax Credit; and extensions of the Brownfields Tax Credit and Housing Development Incentive Program. The bill also creates a commission to study housing for persons with disabilities in Massachusetts. For a full summary of the bill, please click here.

—Eric Shupin
Director of Public Policy, Citizens Housing And Planning Assn. (CHAPA)


THURSDAY MAY 3—Due to scheduling conflicts, the conference committee on the Housing Bond Bill was not able to meet two weeks ago. However, the Housing Bond Bill conferees met for the first time yesterday. The conferees did not finish resolving the differences between the House H.4134  and Senate (S.2368 ) versions of the bills but they expect to meet again this week or early next week. 

Economic Development Bill Update

At our last meeting, CHAPA's Public Housing & Rental Assistance Committee discussed the Governor's Economic Development Bill (H.4297) and its provisions on allowing public-private partnerships between local housing authorities and private developers. Following our discussion, CHAPA submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on Economic Development. For a copy of our testimony, please  click here.

The Economic Development Committee has not reported out the bill yet. I will keep you updated on the progress of the legislation. In the meantime, CHAPA's Public Housing & Rental Assistance Committee will continue to work on the bill. 

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Eric Shupin
Director of Public Policy 

Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)