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Register now for MHP’s Housing Institute

Posted on May 4, 2023

Registration is now open for MHP’s Housing Institute. Now in its 16th year, this event takes place Wednesday, June 14 in a virtual format and Thursday, June 15 in person at Springhill Suites at Devens Common Center, 27 Andres Parkway, Devens, MA.

Geared toward officials, volunteers and employees in suburban and rural communities, the Housing Institute is a two-day intensive training that engages participants in discussion and problem-solving activities related to the development of affordable housing in Massachusetts.

Cost to attend:

Virtual on June 14: free

In person on June 15: $50




All training materials will be provided electronically.

Jenny Scheutz
Jenny Scheutz, Senior Fellow of Brookings Metro and author of Fixer-Upper: How to Repair America's Broken Housing Systems, is the guest speaker for MHP's 16th Housing Institute.


9:10-10:25 a.m. – Beyond the Usual Suspects: Eliminating Barriers to Participation for Community Engagement CM1

Lily Linke, MBTA Communities Engagement Manager, Citizens Housing and Planning Association

10:30-11:30 a.m. – A Housing Forward Agenda for Massachusetts CM1

Jenny Scheutz, Senior Fellow, Brookings Metro

11:35-12:35 p.m. – Complete Neighborhoods Partnership Update CM1

Christine Madore, Senior Development Manager, MHP

Katy Lacy, Senior Planner, MHP


9:15-9:30 a.m. – Unlock the Commonwealth, Clark Ziegler, MHP Executive Director

9:30-11:00 a.m. – Plenary Panel Discussion: Examining Senior and Affordable Housing CM1.5

Katherine Einstein, Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston University

Judi Barrett, Owner and Managing Principal, Barrett Planning Group

Lizbeth Heyer, Vice President, 2Life Communities

Facilitated by Whitney Demetrius, Director of Fair Housing Engagement, Citizens Housing and Planning Association

11:15-12:30 p.m. TRACK 1

Local Action Units: Creating and Preserving Locally Supported Affordable Housing CM1

Rieko Hayashi, LIP Program Director, DHCD

Aly Sabatino, LAU Coordinator, DHCD

Lori Massa, Senior Planner, City of Melrose

Elizabeth Rust, Director, RHSO Housing

11:15 -12:30 p.m. TRACK 2

Steps to Leverage Public Land for Affordable Housing CM1

Laura Shufelt, Director of Community Assistance, MHP

Maura Camosse Tsongas, Stone Soup Collaborative

12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Presentation of Housing Hero Awards, Lisa Braxton, Communications Manager, MHP

1:45-3:00 p.m. Track 1

Exploring Your Community’s Role in Affordable Housing Finance CM1

Julie Creamer, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Preservation of Affordable Housing

1:45-3:00 p.m. Track 2

Building Local Fair Housing Capacity CM1

Tom Callahan, Milton Housing Committee, Town of Milton

Alex Train, Director of Housing and Community Development, City of Chelsea

    Facilitator: Whitney Demetrius, Citizens Housing and Planning Association

      Full program descriptions are posted here. Everyone who attends the Housing Institute will be provided with all presentation materials from the sessions, which they can share with their communities.

      Need-based scholarships are available through Friday, May 26. Communities are encouraged to send multiple representatives from municipal government and/or local boards. Arrangements can be made with the Marriott Springhill Devens Common Center for those who would like to stay overnight. Mention the Housing Institute to receive a discounted rate.

      The last day to register is Friday, June 2.

      For more information, contact MHP’s Christine Madore at 857-317-8538 or cmadore@mhp.net.