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Register now for MHP’s Housing Institute

Virtual format and in-person

Registration is now open for MHP’s Housing Institute. Now in its 16th year, this event takes place Wednesday, June 14 in a virtual format and Thursday, June 15 in person at Springhill Suites at Devens Common Center, 27 Andres Parkway, Devens, MA.

Geared toward officials, volunteers and employees in suburban and rural communities, the Housing Institute is a two-day intensive training that engages participants in discussion and problem-solving activities related to the development of affordable housing in Massachusetts.

Cost to attend:

Virtual on June 14: free

In person on June 15: $50




All training materials will be provided electronically.

Jenny Scheutz
Jenny Scheutz, Senior Fellow of Brookings Metro and author of Fixer-Upper: How to Repair America's Broken Housing Systems, is the guest speaker for MHP's 16th Housing Institute.

    Day 1 VIRTUAL

    9:10-10:25 a.m. – Beyond the Usual Suspects: Eliminating Barriers to Participation for Community Engagement CM1

    Lily Linke, MBTA Communities Engagement Manager, Citizens Housing and Planning Association

    10:30-11:30 a.m. – A Housing Forward Agenda for Massachusetts CM1

    Jenny Scheutz, Senior Fellow, Brookings Metro

    11:35-12:35 p.m. – Complete Neighborhoods Partnership Update CM1

    Christine Madore, Senior Development Manager, MHP

    Katy Lacy, Senior Planner, MHP

    Day 2 IN PERSON

    9:15-9:30 a.m. – Unlock the Commonwealth, Clark Ziegler, MHP Executive Director

    9:30-11:00 a.m. – Plenary Panel Discussion: Examining Senior and Affordable Housing CM1.5

    Katherine Einstein, Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston University

    Judi Barrett, Owner and Managing Principal, Barrett Planning Group

    Lizbeth Heyer, Vice President, 2Life Communities

    Facilitated by Whitney Demetrius, Director of Fair Housing Engagement, Citizens Housing and Planning Association

    11:15-12:30 p.m. TRACK 1

    Local Action Units: Creating and Preserving Locally Supported Affordable Housing CM1

    Rieko Hayashi, LIP Program Director, DHCD

    Aly Sabatino, LAU Coordinator, DHCD

    Lori Massa, Senior Planner, City of Melrose

    Elizabeth Rust, Director, RHSO Housing

    11:15 -12:30 p.m. TRACK 2

    Steps to Leverage Public Land for Affordable Housing CM1

    Laura Shufelt, Director of Community Assistance, MHP

    Maura Camosse Tsongas, Stone Soup Collaborative

    12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

    Presentation of Housing Hero Awards, Lisa Braxton, Communications Manager, MHP

    1:45-3:00 p.m. Track 1

    Exploring Your Community’s Role in Affordable Housing Finance CM1

    Julie Creamer, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Preservation of Affordable Housing

    1:45-3:00 p.m. Track 2

    Building Local Fair Housing Capacity CM1

    Tom Callahan, Milton Housing Committee, Town of Milton

    Alex Train, Director of Housing and Community Development, City of Chelsea

      Facilitator: Whitney Demetrius, Citizens Housing and Planning Association

        Full program descriptions are posted here. Everyone who attends the Housing Institute will be provided with all presentation materials from the sessions, which they can share with their communities.

        Need-based scholarships are available through Friday, May 26. Communities are encouraged to send multiple representatives from municipal government and/or local boards. Arrangements can be made with the Marriott Springhill Devens Common Center for those who would like to stay overnight. Mention the Housing Institute to receive a discounted rate.

        The last day to register is Friday, June 2.

        For more information, contact MHP’s Christine Madore at 857-317-8538 or cmadore@mhp.net.




        Archive: MHP Housing Institute, all virtual

        Due to a rise in COVID-19, the 2022 MHP Housing Institute was held virtually on June 7 and June 8. The theme of this year's event was "Complete Neighborhoods: It all starts with home." Sessions focused on creating affordable housing that is closer to transit and daily needs, and how sound housing policies can help the Commonwealth address a range of related issues such as the economy, equity, public health, climate and transportation. In addition, MHP’s Center for Housing Data (CHD) unveiled "Residensity," a new tool that uses a statewide database to estimate residential units and lot-level residential density for every parcel in the Commonwealth. Click on the headline for the Housing Institute video and materials.




        Archive: Housing trust, CPA webinar series

        Missed our Community Assistance team's four-part webinar series in March 2022 on how communities can use Community Preservation Act funds and housing trusts to support affordable housing? Videos of each sessions and the presentations are now online.




        Archive: Complete Neighborhoods Partnership Webinar

        MHP held a webinar to explain the Complete Neighborhoods Partnership (CNP), which is part of an MHP initiative that supports walkable neighborhoods near transit in MBTA communities and across the state. CNP is seeking up to six communities or regions to receive targeted, long-term assistance that will be provided by MHP staff and/or third-party consultants, Support will be for activities such as planning, community engagement, predevelopment, and financial analysis. Check out the 30-minute video, the presentation and email MHP'S Christine Madore at cmadore@mhp.net.

        Watch the webinar video

        Complete Neighborhoods Partnership presentation

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