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Training for officials, volunteers and employees in suburban & rural communities

Posted on March 8, 2018

BOSTON --- Registration has officially opened for the 12th annual Housing Institute, Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 & 7 at the Devens Common Center.

Geared towards officials, volunteers and employees in suburban and rural communities, the Housing Institute is a two-day workshop that engages participants in discussion and problem solving around the development of affordable housing.

Learning tracks and agenda
In response to feedback following last year's event, we are once again offering sessions that fit into two tracks: Housing 101 and 201.

Topics to be covered include:
• Planning and assessing needs
• Predevelopment and site selection
• The housing development process
• Fair housing
• Housing finance 
• Building community support for affordable housing
• Chapter 40B 
• Community Preservation Act (CPA)

The final agenda with speaker information will be released in April.

Cost to attend/how to register
Municipal planners, volunteers and non-profit organizations
Both days -- $100
One day only -- $50

For-profit organizations
Both days -- $160
One day only -- $80

All training materials will be provided electronically. A paper version is available for an additional fee. The registration page will include an option for those wanting a paper version.

Need-based scholarships are available until May 14, 2018. Community teams are encouraged to attend together. Communities sending two or more people will receive a 20 percent discount on each registration (enter the code TEAM20 on the payment page). 

For those interested in staying overnight, arrangements can be made with the Marriott SpringHill Suites Devens Common Center. Remember to mention the Housing Institute when booking to receive a discounted rate.


The last day to register is Friday, May 25. For more information, contact MHP's Philip Crean at 857-317-8517 or

Nominate a Housing Hero!

MHP is seeking nominations of communities and organizations who have demonstrated continued persistence and passion in creating or supporting affordable housing in suburban and rural communities. Awardees will be honored at a special luncheon on the second day of the Housing Institute.

Registrants will be able to nominate a housing hero on the registration page or by contacting Phil Crean at 857-317-8517 or 

Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP), Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), the state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the Mel King Institute for Community Building.