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MHP sponsors and supports a variety of workshops and conferences throughout the year. Check here regularly for information, registration information and directions to MHP events.

For more listings of housing events, go to the Citizens' Housing and Planning Association's calendar page.

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Western Mass Housing Conference

Geared towards officials, volunteers and employees in small and rural towns in Western Mass, this conference has been redesigned as a weekly virtual series that will engage participants in discussion and problem solving around the development of affordable housing in the region.

The weekly sessions are designed for municipal staff, officials, and volunteers, CDCs, regional planning agencies, and local advocates. Registration is free but you must register in advance for each session.

Week 1 -- Zoning for Housing Diversity in Small Towns

When: Sept. 22, 2020, 12 to 1:15 p.m.

Presenters: Alyssa LaRose, Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG); Walter Ramsey, AICP, Town of Montague; Andrew Groff, Town of Williamstown


Week 2 -- Playbook for Building Support for Community Engagement

When: Sept. 29, 2020, 12 to 1:15 p.m.

Presenters: Whitney Demetrius, Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and Courtney Porcella, coUrbanize


Week 3 -- Pathways to Homeownership in Western Mass

When: Oct. 7, 2020, 11 to 12:15 p.m.

Presenters: Isabel Cruz, Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) and Brendan Bailey, Realtor® Association of Pioneer Valley


Week 4 -- Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless

When: Oct. 15, 2020, 12 to 1 p.m.

Presenter: Andrew Winter, Twin Pines Housing Trust


Week 5 -- Bringing Affordable Senior Housing to Small and Rural Towns

When: Oct. 21, 2020, 11 to 12:15 p.m.

Presenters: Laura Baker, Valley Community Development; Lorin Starr, 120 North Main Street Committee in Sunderland; Paul Lischetti, Hilltown CDC


Week 6 -- Distressed and Abandoned Properties

When: Nov. 5, 2020, 12 to 1:15 p.m.

Presenters: Don Bianchi, MACDC; Maja Kazmierczak, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office; Michael Moriarty, OneHolyoke CDC


Week 7 -- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Rehab 101

When: Nov. 9, 2020, 12 to 1:15 p.m.

Presenter: Patricia Mullen, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC); Doug Desmarais, Hilltown CDC; Brian McHugh, Franklin Country Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority; Christopher Dunphy, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC)