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Special Initiatives in Public Housing

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ModPHASE

Through the Modernizing Public Housing And Serving Elders (ModPHASE) initiative, DHCD awards capital grants to Local Housing Authorities for improving existing Chapter 667 public housing developments while simultaneously expanding resident access to supportive services. These grants are awarded via competitive funding rounds.

Public Housing Mixed-Income Community Demonstration Program

The Public Housing Mixed-Income Community Demonstration Program, announced in November 2015, provides planning and pre-development funding to Local Housing Authorities (LHAs) interested in partnering with a developer to pursue mixed-income redevelopment of their state-aided public housing portfolio.

MassLeap Program

Massachusetts Learning, Employment and Asset Program (Mass LEAP) will provide eligible residents of state-aided public housing developments and/or Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) participants with a set of supportive services needed to support meaningful and sustainable earned income growth.

A Better Life (ABL)

A Better Life strives to improve outcomes for state-aided public housing residents in the areas of employment, financial literacy, and education and focuses on economic advancement based on the potential of each individual family.

Chapter 235

In August 2014, Chapter 235 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Relative to Housing Authorities (“the Legislation”) was signed into law (St. 2014, c. 235). The Legislation mandated a series of new performance management and capacity building actions to improve the management of state public housing in Massachusetts.

Chapter 235

M.G.L. 121B

Agreed Upon Procedures (AUP)

Included in this Chapter 235 legislation is a requirement that each Local Housing Authority (LHA) must contract with an independent external certified public accounting (CPA) firm annually to perform “Agreed Upon Procedures (AUP)” review of the LHA’s financial records.

AUP Program Information

AUP Reports

Local Housing Authority Mandatory Board Member Training

Included in the Chapter 235 legislation is that the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) establish and implement a comprehensive training program for board members of state-aided LHAs.

Local Housing Authority Mandatory Board Member Training

Performance Management Review (PMR)

Chapter 235 legislation requires a Local Housing Authority (LHA) to participate in a comprehensive performance-based monitoring program, as established by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Performance Management Review (PMR) Program Information

Regional Capital Assistance Team (RCAT) Program

The Regional Capital Assistance Team (RCAT) Program is legislatively mandated under Chapter 235 of the Acts of 2014. The program will create three regional teams of technical assistance providers to assist smaller LHAs in executing capital and maintenance plans and projects.

Public Housing Tenant Survey

Included in the Chapter 235 legislation is a requirement that the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) conduct an annual survey of residents living in state-aided public housing.

Public Housing Tenant Survey

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