Massachusetts State Government and Public Real Estate News

AG’s Office Participates in the 17th Annual National Consumer Protection Week

BOSTON – March 4, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Following record breaking snowfall throughout the Commonwealth, Attorney General Maura Healey cautions homeowners to do their homework when selecting contractors to remove snow and ice from their roofs and to take actions to avoid becoming victims of scams. more »

BOSTON – March 4, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Martin J. Walsh today filed a Home Rule Petition to raise the amount of fines that can be levied for snow infractions against property owners, and increase the cap on fines for these offenses to be from $300 to $1,500. Under the petition, unpaid fines will be added to property tax bills if they go unpaid. If the state grants this authority, the Mayor will file an Ordinance updating the City’s snow fine structure. The potential change would consider both commercial and residential property owners. more »

Washington, DC – Congressman Joe Kennedy (MA-4) and Congressman Bill Keating (MA-9) today announced that Fall River will receive $226,000 in federal grants from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The grants will be provided to the Fall River Housing Joint Tenant Council to support public housing programs throughout the city. more »

Reston, Virginia – February 26, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) –— MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. today announced that the Court of Appeals of Massachusetts ruled in Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.’s (MERS) favor, finding that an assignment by MERS was valid. more »

Real Estate Company to Pay Up to $17,500, Implement Fair Housing Training, and Adopt Comprehensive Antidiscrimination Policy

BOSTON – February 19, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has agreed to implement fair housing training and adopt new antidiscrimination policies to resolve allegations that it discriminated against families with children in housing rentals, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. Coldwell Banker will also pay up to $17,500, including $5,000 to the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. more »

BOSTON – February 18, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The facilities director of two non-profits which provide support services for developmentally disabled adults and their families was sentenced today in connection with soliciting bribes.

Charles Feeney, 60, of Billerica, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Judge Mark L. Wolf to six months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $142,927 in restitution. In May 2012, Feeney pleaded guilty to two counts of soliciting bribes. more »

Boston – February 16, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced two contests, hosted by the Office of Fair Housing and Equity, to raise awareness about fair housing. The Fair Housing Art Contest calls for young Bostonians grades 1-12, to submit art work depicting the theme, “Boston Opening Doors for All.” The second contest, the Fair Housing Landlord Award, will recognize landlords and housing providers who not only provide safe, healthy housing, but who also provide housing that is affordable and accessible to all. Winners of the contests will be announced in April, which is Fair Housing month. more »

Program will provide 500 units of stable supportive housing for up to 800 chronically homeless individuals over 6 years

FRAMINGHAM – December 9, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Deval Patrick today announced the launch of a Massachusetts Pay for Success (PFS) initiative that will leverage philanthropic and private capital investments to reduce chronic individual homelessness, creating a new model of sustainable state support for chronically homeless individuals. The initiative will provide 500 units of stable supportive housing for up to 800 chronically homeless individuals over 6 years, improving the well-being of individuals while saving taxpayer dollars by reducing the utilization of costly emergency resources like shelter and Medicaid payments. more »

Funding will help create or preserve 66 units of sober housing in Framingham, Holyoke, Leeds, Tewksbury and Worcester for men, women and veterans

BOSTON – November 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — MassHousing has awarded $292,200 to support affordable sober housing programs for men, women and veterans in Framingham, Holyoke, Leeds, Tewksbury and Worcester.

The MassHousing grants will come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc. (CCRI), a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that supports non-profits that create or preserve affordable sober housing in Massachusetts for recovering substance abusers. CCRI to date has awarded more than $7.8 million in grants for approximately 1,700 units of substance-free housing in more than 40 communities for men, women, families, veterans, the homeless and ex-offenders. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Martin J. Walsh will recognize National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week the week of October 20th. The Mayor’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), and the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) are partnering to present several community lead awareness events. During the course of the week, programming will include an in depth discussion on lead discrimination in housing, a look at the health effects of lead, home de-leading workshops, and a seminar on lead for Boston landlords. All events are free and open to the public. more »

Local and state mortgage lending and real estate experts will be on hand for anyone interested in purchasing a home of refinancing their existing property

BOSTON – October 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — MassHousing is sponsoring a free Homebuyer Fair, this Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dartmouth Mall in conjunction with the Fall River/New Bedford Housing Partnership. more »

BOSTON – October 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Martin J. Walsh today released “Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030,” the administration’s housing plan. The plan, which aims to create housing across demographics and neighborhoods, outlines the City’s strategies for housing an expected 91,000 new Bostonians by the year 2030, and calls for the creation of 53,000 new units of housing at a variety of income levels across the City. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the City of Boston has helped secure $3.8 million in resources towards housing and preventing homelessness for veterans. The resources come in the form of a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for providing services to low- and very-low income veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and an award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of 85 rental assistance vouchers for the VA Supportive Housing Program (VASH), valued at approximately $870,000, to enable homeless veterans to access affordable housing with an array of supportive services. more »

BOSTON – October 1, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library earned LEED Gold certification. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the world’s foremost certification program for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of green buildings more »

HomeCorps-Funded Program Will Help Families and Individuals Facing Foreclosure Statewide

BOSTON – September 25, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) has been chosen to coordinate and oversee a statewide program which works directly with families and individuals facing foreclosure, utilizing funds recovered through the nationwide state-federal settlement over unlawful foreclosures, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. more »

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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