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Fair housing marketing and lottery virtual training

This virtual training will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 12 to 3:30 p.m. In the past, there as been a fee to attend this important and popular training but MHP is offering this training free of charge as we resolve technical issues with our online payment vendor.

Registration preference will be given to those in rental management, municipal government, community development, regional housing and local housing funding committees who have not previously received a AFHM/Lottery attendance certificate. Registration will close once the capacity of 40 registrants has been reached. If interest exceeds the limit, we plan to repeat this training before the end of the year. The training will be divided into two parts:

Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing (AFHM): The first-half of the training will provide the legal foundations of fair housing and elements of an acceptable AFHM and Resident Selection Plan. The training will also touch upon the Supreme Court's Disparate Impact ruling and the Department of Housing and Urban Development recent proposal to reinstate the discriminatory effect standard.

Lotteries: The second half will feature a step-by-step guide to the lottery process. Attention will be paid to lotteries for both homeownership and rental units as well as post-lottery waiting list management. Specific topics to be addressed include identifying the roles and responsibilities of lottery and monitoring agents, how to include preference for lotteries and the role of the community.

Attendees of the training will receive a certification of attendance. This certification, combined with Certified Occupancy Specialist Accreditation or other income determination training, will meet the qualifications of most organizations to conduct affordable homeownership and rental lotteries and lease-ups.




Gateway Cities Housing Institute, Day 3

Day 3 - Tuesday, Nov. 9: Unlocking Local Potential

Session 1: Unlocking Potential with Housing Tools - The scale of our housing crisis spans the Commonwealth and the country, but advocates and practitioners have responded by proposing tools and policies to address issues from the bottom up. Speakers: Antron Watson and Austin Hodge from AARP Massachusetts, Derek Thomas from Incremental Developers and Hannah Carrillo, City of Somerville.

Session 2: Getting to Yes - The panel will share their stories in facilitating the often challenging road of adopting of local housing policies, including Inclusionary Zoning and creating a local housing trust. Speakers: Evan Spetrini, City of Malden, Whitney Demetrius, CHAPA, Jesse Kanson-Benanav, Abundant Housing MA.






Gateway Cities Housing Institute, Day 2

Day 2 - Thursday, Nov. 4: Create Opportunity with Local Assets

Session 1: Investment Without Displacement - Local housing practitioners share ideas on proactively planning to reduce displacement and strategies to protect vulnerable residents while promoting economic mobility. Speakers: Etel Haxhiaj, Central Mass. Housing Alliance and Emily Innes of Innes Associates.

Session 2: Leveraging Public Land for Affordable Housing - Experts will outline effective permitting pathways and potential landmines when redeveloping public land for affordable housing. Speaker: Laura Shufelt, MHP.