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December

7

2021

Policy brief 2: Analysis shows additional strategies needed to connect tenants with rent assistance

More than two months after the end of the federal eviction moratorium, data indicate that many Massachusetts renters remain behind on rent and fear being evicted from their homes. This latest brief explores differences in eviction filing rates across Massachusetts and evaluates the impact of rent relief programs, local eviction moratoria,and local support on regional eviction filing rates.

November

30

2021

Mass HAF Overview for Servicers

A power point presentation that explains the Massachusetts Homeowner Assistance Fund to mortgage servicers, which was presented at online trainings on Nov. 16 and Nov. 18, 2021.

November

12

2021

Mass HAF Loan Servicer Collaboration Agreement

On behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MHP is administering the Massachusetts Homeowner Assistance Fund, a federally-funded housing assistance program for Massachusetts homeowners impacted by COVID-19. Mortgage servicers participating in this program must fill out this collaboration agreement and return it to masshaf@mhp.net to participate in the program.

November

10

2021

Housing Choice: Land court puts $25K bond on abutters challenging Truro permit

Housing Choice legislation passed in 2020 included abutter appeal reform, giving courts the option to require a party to post up to a $50,000 bond when appealing a decision to approve a special permit, variance or site plan for housing. The bond would secure the payment of costs if the court finds that the defendant or pubic interest is harmed by the delay. On Nov. 9, 2021, a Massachusetts land court used this new law to order a $25,000 bond on Truro abutters challenging the issuance of a Ch. 40B permit for an affordable housing project. Here's the decision.