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Posted on September 4, 2020

Registration is now open for the Western Mass Housing Conference.

Geared towards officials, volunteers and employees in small and rural towns in Western Mass, the 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.

NOTE: If you registered for the April conference, you should have been reimbursed for the registration fee. We ask that you re-register for each workshop below. Please contact MHP's Katie Bosse if you have any questions at kbosse@mhp.net.

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 you’d like to attend. 

Week 1 -- Zoning for Diversity in Small Towns

When: Tuesday, 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 Community Support

When: Tuesday, 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: Wednesday, 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: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2020, 12 to 1 p.m.

Presenter: Andrew Winter, Twin Pines Housing Trust


Week 5 -- Bringing Affordable Senior Housing to Small Towns

When: Monday, 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: Thursday, 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: Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.

Presenters: 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)


Contact Katie Bosse at kbosse@mhp.net or 857-317-8517 for more information about this or any other MHP-sponsored events.

Special thanks to Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), Central Mass Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) for help with planning and organizing the workshops.