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)