Legislative News

GOVERNOR SIGNS FY20 BUDGET


$72M IN SUBSIDY!

On Wednesday, Governor Baker & Lieutenant Governor Polito signed House Bill 4000 - the FY2020 Budget. The budget maintains funding of public housing operating subsidy at $72 million, as included in the Conference Committee Report last week, an increase of $6.5 million over last year.

Link to Housing Items in Budget


7 LHAS RECEIVE $4.4M IN SUSTAINABILITY 
 GRANTS

The Baker-Polito Administration announced seven awards totaling $4.4 million to upgrade 240 state-aided public housing units through the Comprehensive Sustainability Initiative.

These awards will fund capital improvements to 240 state-aided public housing units, resulting in the reduction of utility costs at these seven developments by an estimated $161,000 annually, reduce CO2 emissions by a projected 1.268 million pounds annually, and leverage $2.8 million in other local funding.

The Comprehensive Sustainability Initiative (CSI) was established as part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s FY2020 Capital Plan which called for substantial new investments in emissions reductions and climate change preparedness, including $5 million in new funding for the Comprehensive Sustainability Initiative for sustainability and resiliency in public housing.


JOINT COMMITTEE ON HOUSING HOLDS HEARING

MassNAHRO testified before the Joint Committee on Housing, Chairs Sen. Brendan Crighton & Rep. Kevin Honan, on July 30 on the following bills:

H 3562 - An Act enabling public housing authorities to borrow against real estate equity of publicly-owned property

H 1305/S 797 - An Act relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program 

Link to 7.30.19 Testimony


HOUSING COMMITTEE UPDATE

MassNAHRO's Housing Committee met on August 1 and discussed agenda items including: 

CHAMP

  •   Facility Condition Assessment
  • Current & Upcoming NOFAs
  • Budget Guidelines - Additional Subsidy
  • Regulation Changes - Rent Calc, Grievance Process

      Link to Housing Committee Report