MHP has added a COVID-19 Response section for municipal volunteers and officials. Click here for more information.

Resources

Looking for a specific report, sample RFP and other documents that explain the affordable housing process? The Housing Toolbox resource section has all the materials that appear on this site.

Statewide CPA and trust map

March 25, 2021

The map shows which communities adopted an affordable housing trust, which communities adopted the community preservation act, and what surcharge the CPA communities use. MHP updates the map annually. Click the link below to view the map. 

Comprehensive Q&A on how to use local funds for rental assistance

May 14, 2020

Following up on many questions raised during the April 22 webinar before 500 participants, MHP Senior Program Manager Shelly Goehring has compiled a comprehensive Q&A on how to use local funds to run an effective, short-term emergency rental assistance program.

The Q&A is the latest effort by MHP to respond to the many communities who have asked about using local funds for emergency rental assistance to help residents impacted by COVID-19. As soon as Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency, communities began asking MHP’s community assistance team about how to use local funds for emergency rental assistance (ERA). 

Working with the Community Preservation Coalition and Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, Goehring published guidelines and then organized a virtual webinar on April 22. The webinar provided an opportunity for local leaders to hear panelists and ask questions about how to help residents impacted by COVID-19.

Time did not permit webinar panelists to answer all questions so Goehring has compiled a comprehensive Q&A that addresses many issues involved in using local funds to run effective short-term, emergency rental assistance programs.

The Q&A released today complements other ERA resources created by MHP during the COVID-19 state of emergency:

For more information, email Goehring at sgoehring@mhp.net.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Guidance and Checklist

April 01, 2020

As a follow up to the March 24, 2020 release of suggestions on using CPA funds for emergency rental assistance, MHP has completed additional guidance for communities and organizations on developing emergency rental assistance programs. This includes a comprehensive guide and checklist for municipal officials. 

All additional questions regarding using CPA funds for emergency rental assistance should be directed to MHP's Shelly Goehring at sgoehring@mhp.net

Instructions for MAHT report form to CPC

December 26, 2017

Municipal Affordable Housing Trusts (MAHT) created under MGL Chapter 44, section 55c are required to report Community Preservation Act (CPA) expenditures to the CPC on an annual basis. In addition to reporting new expenditures, the MAHT should also use the accompanying report form to update the CPC on any cancellations or other changes in previously report expenditures.

MAHT report form to CPC

December 26, 2017

Municipal Affordable Housing Trusts (MAHT) created under MGL Chapter 44, section 55c are required to report Community Preservation Act (CPA) expenditures to the CPC on an annual basis. This form can be used to list CPA expenditures and should be filed with the municipal official responsible for completing the CPA Projects Report (CP-3).

Community Preservation Act (CPA) guidebook

December 26, 2017

An updated version of the "CPA and Affordable Housing" guidebook with eligible uses based on the 2012 amendments to the original legislation. This guidebook is intended to be a comprehensive resource for CPC members and other involved citizens.