Development Resources

Glossary of Affordable Housing Terms

Municipal Affordable Housing Guidebook

A guidebook for members of Municipal Affordable Housing Trusts in Massachusetts

Housing Trust Guidebook - 2018 edition

Housing Toolbox

The Housing Toolbox for Massachusetts Communities is designed to be a one-stop resource for local boards, committees, planners, municipal staff and volunteers.

Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) Housing Toolbox

Housing Toolbox for Town Boards & Committees

Housing Toolbox for Planning & Municipal Staff

40B Design Review

The 40B Design Handbook is a result of a collaborative process of the four Massachusetts housing agencies that are authorized to review and approve site eligibility for Chapter 40B affordable housing developments.

Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund Law

Massachusetts law governing Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Funds

Mass. General Laws Part 1 Title VII Chapter 44 Section 55C


MassHousing is an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966 and charged with providing financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. The Agency raises capital by selling bonds and lends the proceeds to low- and moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners, and to developers who build or preserve affordable and/or mixed-income rental housing. MassHousing does not use taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations, although it administers some publicly funded programs on behalf of the Commonwealth. Since its inception, MassHousing has provided more than $27 billion for affordable housing.

Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)

As the non-profit umbrella organization for affordable housing and community development activities, Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) actively engages its membership, committees, and coalitions to advocate for the amount and diverse types of housing that Massachusetts needs for people and communities to thrive.

CHAPA Affordable Housing Resources