Massachusetts State Government and Public Real Estate News

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 »

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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 »

BOSTON – September 22, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Following reports of a data breach at Home Depot that is estimated to have put approximately 56 million credit and debit card numbers at risk nationwide, Attorney General Martha Coakley offers consumers information on how to protect their information against identity theft. more »

AG Obtains Preliminary Injunction against Defendants; Complaint Seeks Consumer Restitution and Civil Penalties

NORTHAMPTON – September 22, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A former South Hadley funeral home and its funeral director have been sued over allegations of improperly handling unembalmed human bodies and misappropriating consumer deposits intended for future funeral arrangements, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. more »

BOSTON – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Martin J. Walsh today launched Solar SystemTM Boston, a new map which enables homeowners and businesses to quickly and easily understand their roof’s solar potential and installation cost estimates. With over 12 MW of solar PV installed in Boston producing roughly enough power to supply 2,000 homes, the new solar map is one more tool to accelerate the adoption of solar and help Boston meet its goal of installing 25 MW of solar by 2020. more »

The 100 apartments at the Woods at Wareham will remain affordable for low-income families for at least 15 years and residents will see property improvements

BOSTON – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Residents at the 100-unit Woods at Wareham will see affordability there extended along with substantial improvements to the property as a result of $9.1 million in MassHousing loans. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Strong demand for affordable home mortgage loans propels Agency to second-best lending year ever BOSTON – September 4, 2014 – MassHousing provided $985.2 million for affordable housing in Fiscal Year 2014, which ended June 30, 2014. It was the second-best lending year in the Agency’s 48-year history. more »

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 »

BOSTON – August 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a comprehensive strategy to assist students moving into off-campus housing in Boston’s neighborhoods for the 2014-2015 academic year. Representatives from several City departments will conduct targeted housing inspections, trash inspections, and information drops, in student-heavy neighborhoods, fromFriday, August 29, through Monday, September 1, 2014. In addition, the City has launched a social media campaign, called #Boston101, to highlight city services available to students throughout the year, as well as a revamped students section of the City of Boston’s website, at more »

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