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Posted on April 4, 2022

MHP is partnering with the state to hold a training on Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing (AFHM) and lotteries on Wednesday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Update: Registration for this event is full

The first-half of the training will provide the legal foundations of fair housing and elements of an acceptable AFHM and Resident Selection Plan. The training will also touch upon the Supreme Court's Disparate Impact ruling and the Department of Housing and Urban Development recent proposal to reinstate the discriminatory effect standard.

The second half will feature a step-by-step guide to the lottery process. Attention will be paid to lotteries for both homeownership and rental units as well as post-lottery waiting list management.

Specific topics to be addressed include identifying the roles and responsibilities of lottery and monitoring agents, how to include preference for lotteries and the role of the community.

This one-day training is designed for anyone working in rental management, municipal government, community development, and regional housing organizations. It is also for volunteers and staff of affordable housing trusts and Community Preservation Committees.

Attendees of the training will receive a certification of attendance. This certification, combined with Certified Occupancy Specialist Accreditation or other income determination training, will meet the qualifications of most organizations to conduct affordable homeownership and rental lotteries and lease-ups.

The cost to attend is $50. Individuals must attend the entire training to be eligible for certification. This is a popular training and attendance will be capped at 40 to ensure a maximum learning experience.

The event is being sponsored by MHP, MassHousing and the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

For more information about these trainings or scholarship opportunities available to non-profits or governmental entities, contact MHP's Emma McGurren at EMcGurren@mhp.net or 857-317-8517 or MassHousing's Jessica Malcom at jmalcolm@masshousing.com or 978-908-9683.