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Posted on June 12, 2021

After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the first two virtual sessions of MHP's Housing Institute both attracted more than 110 local officials and volunteers, and session three promises to be equally engaging with experts discussing the benefits and ways for planning for equitable, mobile-friendly, complete neighborhoods.

Session three will feature Dr. Tracy Corley of the Conservation Law Foundation, Tom Hopper of MHP's Center for Housing Data and Christine Madore, senior development manager for MHP's community assistance team. Register now for session three

Session two on Thursday, June 10 featured national zoning expert Dr. Jessica Trounstine explaining how segregation has been baked into our national and local policies. If you missed Trounstine's presentation, you can watch a 30-minute q&a session with MHP's Lisa Braxton, which expands upon Trounstine's presentation. 

Following Trounstine, local experts discussed techniques to overcome exclusionary zoning at the local level.  These sessions featured Karina Milchman  (Metropolitan Area Planning Council) and Chris Kluchman (Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development), Jeremy Lake of Union Studio and Nate Kelly of the Horsley Witten Group. 

Session one, held on June 3, focused on ways to create opportunities and improving access to housing and the political process through technology. Featured speakers included Jarred Johnson of TransitMatters, planners Jennifer Raitt of Arlington and Darlene Wynne of Belmont, Isabel Cruz of MHP's ONE Mortgage, Jennifer Gilbert of Housing Navigator and representatives from coUrbanize, which use technology to increase participation in the municipal process. 

All of the local presentations from session one and two can be found in the MHP Housing Institute online binder.

Now in its 14th year, the Housing Institute is an intensive training for local leaders, municipal officials, volunteers, and employees in suburban communities, rural communities and Gateway Cities. It is designed to engage participants in discussion and problem-solving activities that best reflect the affordable housing challenges and opportunities in Massachusetts communities.

Normally a two-day event held at Devens, this is the first time MHP is holding the event virtually on three afternoons. 

Once again, MHP is partnering with the American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter to offer professional credits for planners looking to satisfy certification maintenance. Below for highlights for each day and links to how you can register for each session. The online agenda has more details and which sessions offer certification maintenance credits for planners.

Day 3, June 17: Create complete neighborhoods

  • 1-1:30 p.m. - The Case for Equity-Driven Neighborhood Development with Dr. Tracy Corley of the Conservation Law Foundation
  • 1:45-3:00 p.m. - Exploring Housing Opportunities Near Transit with Tom Hopper (MHP's Center for Housing Data), Laura Smead (Town of Canton), Catherine Feerick (City of Attleboro) and Christine McCall (City of Lowell).
  • 3:15-4:30 p.m. - Complete Neighborhoods with Christine Madore, Senior Development Manager, MHP.


All people who attend the Housing Institute will be provided with all presentation materials from the sessions so they can share the knowledge and tools with their communities.

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