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Organization DBA Citizens Housing and Planning Association
CHAPA
Citizen's Housing and Planning Association
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association’s mission is to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low and moderate income families and individuals and to foster diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development.

Mission Statement

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association’s mission is to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low and moderate income families and individuals and to foster diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,574,800.00
Projected Expense $1,574,522.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Coalition Building
  • Community Education and Training
  • Housing Advocacy
  • MassAccess
  • Research

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association’s mission is to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low and moderate income families and individuals and to foster diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development.


Background Statement

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) is a non-profit umbrella organization for affordable housing and community development activities in Massachusetts. Established in 1967, CHAPA is the only statewide group that represents all interests in the housing field, including non-profit and for-profit developers, municipal officials, local housing providers and advocates, lenders, property managers, architects, consultants, homeowners, tenants, local planners, foundation and government officials, and others.

CHAPA pursues its goals through advocacy with local, state, and federal officials; research on affordable housing issues; education and training for organizations and individuals; programs to expand rental and homeownership opportunities; and coalition building among a broad array of interests in the housing and community development field.

CHAPA's core activities span four main areas - Housing Advocacy, Research, Community Education and Training, and Coalition Building.


Impact Statement

CHAPA's top accomplishments from the past year include the following:
  •  Helped to secure an 18% increase in state budget funding for the core affordable housing programs
  • Sponsored 32 trainings and forums, attended by over 3,000 people
  • Facilitated the purchase of more than 220 foreclosed properties for reclaimation into affordable housing.

CHAPA goals for 2013 include the following:

Advocate for 2013 state budget and legislative priorities

  • Continue the "Welcome Home" campaign to advance affordable housing at the local level
  • Conduct research to inform advocacy efforts
  • Continue to effectively run programs to address the need for affordable housing

Needs Statement

CHAPA seeks financial support for our numerous efforts to encourage the production and preservation of housing which is affordable to low-income families and individuals throughout Massachusetts.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Massachusetts-All Regions
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Organization Categories

  1. Housing, Shelter - Housing & Shelter NEC
  2. Housing, Shelter - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Coalition Building

CHAPA frequently builds coalitions among groups that rarely come together to discuss common concerns. CHAPA's office serves as a central meeting ground at which all segments of the housing community can work towards a common agenda. CHAPA has formed several active coalitions in a variety of specific areas including special needs housing, non-profit housing development, elderly housing, smart-growth development and public housing.

Budget  $000
Category  Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Community Education and Training

CHAPA's education and training are designed to increase information-sharing among diverse sectors in the housing field and to build the capacity of organizations and agencies which develop and manage low income housing. Each year, CHAPA sponsors approximately 30 trainings which are attended by over 4,000 people.

Budget  $000
Category  Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Housing Advocacy

CHAPA uses its contacts with local, state and federal officials to encourage housing preservation and production through new programs, incentives and regulations. CHAPA is very active in the state's annual budget process and legislative agenda to ensure adequate housing resources are available for low income people. In addition, CHAPA frequently convenes meetings and forums between housing advocates and public officials to discuss policy priorities, program design and regulations.

Budget  $000
Category  Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

MassAccess

CHAPA runs the MassAccess Housing Registry, an on-line database that helps families and individuals find affordable housing in Massachusetts. A key feature of the Registry is to highlight homes for people with disabilities who need accessible or barrier-free housing.

Budget  $000
Category  Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Research

CHAPA produces frequent research reports on a wide variety of topics. Research findings are followed by concrete action steps, which aim toward real changes in public policy and programs. CHAPA's recent studies have covered a wide variety of topics, including: an assessment of statewide affordable housing needs; preserving the long-term affordability of subsidized housing; housing for people with disabilities and special needs; and expanding home-ownership opportunities.

Budget  $000
Category  Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Brenda Clement
CEO Term Start July 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Brenda became Executive Director of CHAPA in April 2012, and is responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of the agency’s work. Brenda has over 20 years of experience in the field. She previously served as Executive Director of the Housing Action Coalition of Rhode Island, a statewide advocacy organization, and as Executive Director of the Housing Network, the Rhode Island trade association for CDCs. Brenda is also a founding member of the New England Housing Network, the regional organization initiated by CHAPA in 1995, and serves on the Board of the National Low Income Housing Coalition currently serving as Vice-Chair. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Economics from Providence College and a Juris Doctor from Washington College of Law at American University.

 

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Rachel Heller Director of Public Policy --
Ms. Karen Wiener Deputy Director  Professional Experience

 Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) –Boston,MA

Deputy Director, 2007 – present

 Serve as Deputy Director for leading statewide non-profit organization for affordable housing and community planning efforts inMassachusetts.  Key responsibilities include fundraising, assisting with hiring and supervising of staff, working with the board of directors on policy decisions, and representing the agency in various forums and coalitions. Issue areas include affordable housing awareness and education, planning and land use, and smart growth.

 Director of Special Projects, 2002-2007

 Managed all smart-growth related projects, including implementing CHAPA’s Smart Growth Demonstration Initiative, a project that provided technical assistance to communities demonstrating successful models of smart growth planning and development incorporate affordable housing; representing CHAPA in the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, a collaboration of seven leading non-profit organizations representing diverse interests and approaches to smart growth; developed education forums on smart growth topics; and staffed CHAPA’s Smart Growth Committee.

 Director of Homeownership Initiatives, 1990-2002

 Developed and implemented all of CHAPA’s affordable homeownership programs, including statewide foreclosure-prevention programs for the RTC, FDIC, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Established the Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative, a statewide initiative that works to professionalize, improve and bring standards and consistency to the quality of homebuyer education services for low and moderate income households. Created the New England HUD Housing Counseling Program, securing and distributing nearly $5 million in federal funds over seven years to 20 non-profit organizations in fiveNew Englandstates.

 Resources for Community Development –Berkeley,CA

Project Manager, 1988-1990

 Provided research, analysis and project management for conversion and rehabilitation of a dilapidated former hotel into an SRO for formerly homeless men

 Tri-City Community Action Program –Malden,MA

Advocacy Coordinator, 1984-1987

 Worked as an advocate for lower income households facing eviction, job loss and other financial crises, and coordinated the services offered by the advocacy department.

 MetropolitanWashingtonPlanning & Housing Association –Washington,D.C.

Tenant Advocate and Organizer, 1982-1983

 Worked as a community organizer and tenant advocate for low income tenants facing eviction and other housing-related issues

 Education

 Master of City and Regional Planning,University of California,Berkeley, 1990 Concentration in Housing Planning and Development

 Bachelor of Urban Affairs,GeorgeWashington University, 1983 Concentration in Political and Social Urban Analysis

 

Professional Affiliations

 Trustee, NewburyportAffordable Housing Trust, Newburyport,MA

Board Member, ROOF Overhead Collaborative, Newburyport,MA

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 500
Number of Contract Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 15
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 35
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 10
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Joseph Flatley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation
Board Chair Term Oct 2012 - Oct 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Jack Cooper Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants Voting
Mr. Joseph Flatley Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation Voting
Ms. Chrystal Kornegay Urban Edge Housing Corporation Voting
Ms. Jeanne Pinado Madison Park Development Corporation Voting
Ms. Susan Schlesinger The Life Initiative Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 44
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 27
Male: 29
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Public Policy/Advocacy

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $4,130,535 $3,224,189 $4,099,000
Total Expenses $4,058,515 $3,674,158 $3,669,144

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,847,355 $1,149,294 $1,944,316
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $831 $3,644 $1,000
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $2,183,752 $1,798,878 $1,525,775
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-34,789 $145,595 $488,482
Membership Dues $133,145 $126,685 $138,530
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $241 $93 $897

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $3,719,900 $3,318,240 $3,280,866
Administration Expense $239,641 $271,684 $306,518
Fundraising Expense $98,974 $84,234 $81,760
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.02 0.88 1.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses 92% 90% 89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 7% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $3,467,442 $3,649,078 $3,926,666
Current Assets $1,164,970 $1,224,286 $1,535,874
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $113,281 $366,937 $194,556
Total Net Assets $3,354,161 $3,282,141 $3,732,110

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 10.28 3.34 7.89

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organizations audited financials.

Documents


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