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Posted on April 9, 2019

DEVENS --- Registration is now open for the 13th annual Housing Institute, which will be held on Wed. and Thurs., June 5 and 6 at the Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens.

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. REGISTER NOW

Special guest speaker: In addition to the two days of training, this year's event will feature a special keynote speaker, Dr. Tiffany Manuel, president and CEO of TheCaseMade, a nonprofit that works to strengthen the capacity of our nation's leaders to make the case for more inclusive communities and to effectively tackle all forms of social, racial and economic inequality.

Dr. Manuel will join us on Wed., June 5 as the lunchtime keynote speaker to talk about making the case for affordable housing.

Dr. Manuel has over 25 years of experience working to elevate the way we frame conversations on equity, housing, and community development. During her time at Enterprise Community Partners, she spearheaded the development of the Opportunity360 platform, which now has over 100k+ users in the community development field and co-authored You Don't Have to Live Here: Why Housing Messages Are Backfiring and 10 Things We Can Do About It.

This year's curriculum: The full agenda will be made available by the end of April. Topics expected to be covered this year include: 

• Affordable housing finance 101

• Policy and legislative update

• Predevelopment feasibility

• Regional strategies for affordable housing

• Data 101

• Making density work for your community

• Municipal Affordable Housing Trusts (MAHT)

• Community Preservation Act (CPA)

• Municipal finance and housing

Cost to attend: For municipal planners, volunteers and non-profits, the cost to attend both days is $100. One day only is $50. The cost for for-profits is $160 for two days and $80 for one.


All training materials will be provided electronically. A paper version of materials 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 15, 2019. Communities are encouraged to send multiple representatives from municipal government and/or local boards. 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. 

Certification: AICP credits are pending but in the past the Housing Institute has been approved for 12.5 certification maintenance credits.

The last day to register is Friday, May 24. For more information, contact MHP's Katie Bosse at 857-317-8517 or 

The event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP), Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the Mel King Institute for Community Building.