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Publications and Materials

We create publications and workshop materials to help communities, housing authorities and nonprofits create more affordable housing.

Topics the team has addressed include how to properly use Community Preservation Act funds and municipal affordable housing trusts, understanding the development process and how to administer fair housing marketing and resident selection plans.

Below are our most recent publications and workshop materials.

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Published in October, 2018, this is the latest update to our publication on how to envision, shape, get support and succeed with your community's local housing trust. It's easier to read and features new guidance on acceptable uses, new success stories and observations on what works best based on our experience working with volunteer trusts.

In October 2017, MHP and the Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) launched, a one-stop housing resource web site that explains how to create and execute effective affordable housing strategies and administer concepts like Fair Housing laws and properly conveying public lands for development. It is part of the Baker-Polito Administration's ongoing efforts to help municipalities become partners in increasing the state's housing production.

Designed as a companion piece for the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Guidebook, this operations manual is intended to help municipal officials delve into the details of how to operate new or established housing trusts.


Receivership (2009)

Written in partnership with the state Attorney General’s Office, this publication explains how communities can use receivership to stabilize properties and neighborhoods.


Distressed Properties

MHP has put together materials to help communities develop a step-by-step strategy to assess the health of their neighborhoods, define and quantify particular problems, and development and implement specific strategies to combat disinvestment.