The Housing Toolbox for Massachusetts Communities was developed by the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) as part of a statewide initiative to support local officials and volunteers in their efforts to provide more affordable housing opportunities in their communities.
Created in 1967, CHAPA is a nonprofit organization that coordinates the activities of affordable housing and community development organizations in Massachusetts. CHAPA regularly convenes its membership, statewide committees and coalitions to build consensus and advocate for policies that encourage the production and preservation of affordable housing, and promote diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development.
MHP is a self-supporting public agency that works with state government and with business, civic and community leads to increase the supply of affordable. MHP uses bank funds and other capital sources to finance affordable rental housing. Since 1990, MHP has provided over $1.1 billion for the financing of more than 22,800 apartments, has provided technical assistance to over 300 communities and has helped more than 20,000 low- and moderate-income households purchase their first home through its ONE Mortgage Program.