Massachusetts State Government and Public Real Estate News

Earlier this week, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (SWM) released its state budget recommendations(link is external) for fiscal year 2017 (FY2017). The budget includes strong support for many affordable housing and homelessness prevention programs. Click here for an overview of how CHAPA’s priorities were funded in the HWM budget proposal.
Governor Charlie Baker announced today that the Baker-Polito Administration’s upcoming five-year capital budget will devote $1.1 billion to affordable and workforce housing development and preservation. The funding will maintain support for existing programs for high-needs populations, increase support for local public housing communities and finance new initiatives to preserve at-risk affordable housing and boost mixed-income housing production across Massachusetts.
Two former employees of Roxse Homes, a subsidized housing development in Boston, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with a scheme to rent apartments at the housing development to individuals who were not qualified in exchange for cash bribes.
Hundreds of homeowners and potential homebuyers today attended the Boston Home Center's (BHC) Housing EXPO and 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University.  The Boston Home Center's 2016 Housing EXPO is the BHC's signature event, kicking off the homebuying season.
The BPL Bibliocycle, a bicycle-powered mobile library, returns to the streets of Boston in its third season, visiting street fairs, markets, and festivals to meet people where they are and deliver library services beyond its physical locations. Over the past two years, the Bibliocycle has had more than 2,200 visitors, with staff issuing 140 library cards and more than 500 book checkouts. The first stop for the Bibliocycle will be on Saturday, May 7, at the Wake up the Earth Festival in Jamaica Plain
The Town of Framingham’s Division of Community and Economic Development today held an exclusive tour of Downtown Framingham for local real estate developers to explore the transit-oriented development (TOD) opportunities in Framingham. 20 developers took part in the tour, providing them with an opportunity to see local properties located in Downtown that are available for development, while also meeting local business and community leaders.
On Wednesday April 27, 2016 at 6:45 P.M. there was a power fluctuation at the Scituate Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP). This power fluctuation caused a surge in the power system which shutdown a Programmable Logic Controller or “Brain” (PLC) for the secondary treatment process. The shutdown of the PLC caused the clarifiers to discharge 930,000 gallons of grey water to the storm drains in the North River. At this time, the Town is still investigating what caused this power fluctuation
In an effort to help young people in Boston involved in the justice system find jobs and housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) joined City of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to announce $100,000 for the Boston Housing Authority and the Greater Boston Legal Services Inc.  to address the challenges justice-involved individuals face when trying to find work and a place to call home.
Several Markey-led priorities for Massachusetts incorporated into bipartisan legislation, including provisions to benefit Boston Harbor, Hanscom Air Force Base, and local municipalities. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) commended today’s passage of a comprehensive water resources and water infrastructure bill – the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 – out of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee that will help address the adverse effects of climate change, improve the safety of and infrastructure for our nation’s drinking water, and spur economic growth.
With a commitment to continue strong protection of the waters of the Commonwealth, the Baker-Polito Administration today will file An Act to Enable the Commonwealth’s Administration of the Massachusetts Pollutant Discharge Elimination System which supports the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP) efforts to join 46 other states in administering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for federal water quality protection and announced a budget commitment of $4.7 million annually for staff, programming and up-to-date monitoring and analysis of water quality data.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to announce $100,000 for the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and the Greater Boston Legal Services Inc. to address the challenges justice-involved individuals face when trying to find work and affordable housing
Further affirming his commitment to ensuring access to quality housing and open space, in a city that values and preserves its history, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced his support for the Community Preservation Act (CPA), which could provide a significant revenue stream to support affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space initiatives. The proposal, which is currently pending before the City Council, could potentially be placed on the ballot in Boston in November 2016.
Governor Charlie Baker today visited a Keolis work site in Ashland to review the progress on infrastructure upgrades the MBTA is making as part of a larger effort the MBTA, its Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) and leadership are making to improve service, access, accountability and reliability for riders and taxpayers. In Ashland and along the Framingham-Worcester Commuter Rail Line, the MBTA is replacing over 26,000 rail ties between March and early June, to allow more efficient travel and lift speed restrictions due to heat that have been in place since the MBTA obtained the line in 2012.
In a continued effort to ensure safe drinking water in schools around the Commonwealth, Governor Charlie Baker and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg today announced $2 million from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (MCWT) to fund cooperative efforts to assist Massachusetts public schools test for lead in drinking water. The funds, to be used by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), will provide technical assistance to ensure that public school districts can sample the taps and water fountains in their schools, and to identify any results that show lead contamination over the federal action level
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging the owner of a Springfield, Massachusetts rental property with violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to rent an apartment to a husband and wife with children. The landlordwas also charged with printing discriminatory statements in his lease and retaliating against the family after they complained.Read HUD’s charge.
MassHousing Loan Closings of $16.6 Million Will Preserve Affordability for Senior Citizens Living at the 135-Unit Beacon House on Beacon Hill

Acquisition of the property by Rogerson Communities and covenants with the city of Boston will extend affordability in perpetuity

BOSTON – August 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Affordability for senior citizens living at the 135-unit Beacon House on Beacon Hill has been extended in perpetuity by the new ownership as a result of $16.6 million in MassHousing financing. more »

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