In case you missed it! CHAPA Housing Day at the State House – Sept. 14

Because this post was made on the Friday before Labor Day weekend – an easy time to miss – I’m posting it one more time:

The Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness is proud to co-sponsor:

CHAPA’s Housing Day at the State House
Massachusetts State House, Great Room
24 Beacon Street, Boston
Thursday, September 14, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

(Registration begins at 9 a.m.)

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED SO THAT WE CAN COORDINATE MEETINGS WITH LEGISLATORS.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Please join CHAPA for our 3rd Housing Day at the State House on Thursday, September 14, 2017. As the need for affordable housing grows, we hope you will attend with other housing advocates and policy makers to support the resources and policies that will help every person in Massachusetts have a safe, healthy, and affordable home.

A speaking program will begin at 9:30 a.m. when we will hear from legislators and housing leaders. This will be followed by meetings with legislators between
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. that CHAPA will arrange for attendees.

At Housing Day, we will advocate for legislation and programs that will help producepreserve, and plan for more affordable housing. Our priorities will include:

The Housing Bond Bill – H.675An Act Financing the Production & Preservation of Housing for Low & Moderate Income Residents

This legislation invests $1.7 billion through the capital budget in affordable housing over five years, providing critical funding to produce, preserve, and modernize public and affordable housing in communities across the Commonwealth. The bill also extends the state Low Income Housing Tax Credit and expands its annual allocation by $5 million to preserve affordable housing at risk of being lost.

Funding Affordable Housing & Homelessness Prevention Programs in the State Budget

The FY2018 budget passed by the Legislature demonstrated strong support for many affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development resources. Unfortunately, many of these programs face cuts because of vetoes. At Housing Day, we will ask the Legislature to override these vetoes and restore funding to these critical housing resources.

The Housing Production Bill – H.3845, An Act Relative to Housing Production

Massachusetts needs 17,000 new homes each year to meet our housing needs. This bill provides the tools necessary to meet this demand, support economic growth, and provide a range of housing options in communities across the state. This legislation includes zoning reform measures, such as required that all cities and towns allow for the development of multifamily housing and accessory dwelling units; financial incentives to support community as they work to meet our housing needs, and the removal of programmatic barriers to development.

Great Neighborhoods Campaign – H.2420 & S.81

This legislation reforms our state’s planning, zoning, and permitting laws to support communities that work for families and seniors. Great neighborhoods offer housing choices, are vibrant and healthy places that protect open space and natural resources, and allow cities & towns to plan for the future.

If you have any questions,  please contact Eric Shupin at eshupin@chapa.org.