Massachusetts State Government and Public Real Estate News

Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means (HWM) released its state budget recommendations(link is external) for fiscal year 2016 (FY2016). The $38 billion budget includes strong support for many housing and homelessness prevention programs. Click here for a budget overview of these programs and here for a summary of CHAPA’s budget priorities.
Today, to mark Earth Day, Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following statement, calling on Congress to support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants and the Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants will maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment now and for future generations
Governor Charlie Baker will meet in Hartford, Connecticut April 23 with Governors of other New England states to pursue next steps in regional efforts to develop and implement a cooperative strategy to address energy infrastructure challenges
Governor Charlie Baker has signed House Bill 3187 authorizing $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds for municipalities, bringing the total funding available this construction season to $300 million, with an additional $30 million allocated through the same Chapter 90 formula for winter pothole repair and paving projects.
MassHousing announced today that Southern Mass Credit Union (SMCU) is now approved to insure home mortgage loans with MassHousing’s signature MI Plus™ mortgage insurance.
MassHousing and the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced $13 million in Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) loan closings today for affordable housing in six communities
Mayor Martin J. Walsh today released “Student Housing Trends: 2014-2015”, the first ever comprehensive report on trends in student housing in Boston. The report was an inter-agency collaboration between the City of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development, Inspectional Services Department, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Governor Charlie Baker, elected officials, local dignitaries, school representatives, and family members and friends of the late Bruce C. Bolling to officially dedicate the new central offices of the Boston Public Schools in the name of the former city councilor and first African American president of the Boston City Council.
In a recent settlement agreement with EPA’s New England office, Hilton Oil Co., Inc. will take action to come into compliance with Underground Storage Tank regulations to protect groundwater and soil at its facility in Lawrence, Mass. The company also agreed to pay a $27,000 penalty
Thanks to the success of last year’s event and the appreciation of the local elf and fairy community, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be co-hosting their second annual Fairy Home Building Workshop with the Franklin Park Coalition on Thursday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Schoolmaster Hill in Franklin Park.
Following a $2.7 million settlement with four national banks resolving allegations of unlawfully foreclosing on properties in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office has launched a webpage to assist eligible homeowners in clearing property titles so they can refinance or sell their propertie
A Maine skilled nursing facility, Ross Manor, entered into an agreement with the United States to pay $1.2 million to resolve allegations concerning inflated Medicare claims for rehabilitation therapy.
A Lawrence financial and legal services company and its owner have been ordered by a judge to pay more than $1.9 million for preying upon vulnerable consumers during the foreclosure crisis and engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today
MassHousing recently honored 10 of its top lending partners as well as four nonprofits and two individual loan officers for their efforts to deliver MassHousing home mortgage loans in 2014
The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library at 12 Sedgwick Street in Jamaica Plain will undergo major building improvements beginning in August. The building renovation necessitates a temporary closure of the branch while work takes place. The temporary closure period will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, and is expected to last 18-24 months
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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