2024 Housing Institute conference materials HERE

Western Mass Housing Conference

The seven-week virtual series was a reimagined version of a conference that MHP postponed in the spring of 2020 due to COVID-19.

Geared towards officials, volunteers and employees in small and rural towns in Western Mass, the conference session engaged participants in discussion and problem solving around the development of affordable housing in the region.

Below is a list of sessions that took place between September - November 2020:

Week 1 — Zoning for Housing Diversity in Small Towns

Presenters: Alyssa LaRose, Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG); Walter Ramsey, AICP, Town of Montague; Andrew Groff, Town of Williamstown.

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Week 2 — Playbook for Building Community Support

Presenters: Whitney Demetrius, Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and Courtney Porcella, coUrbanize

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Week 3 — Pathways to Homeownership

Presenters: Isabel Cruz, MHP and Brendan Bailey, Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley

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Week 4 — Supportive Housing for the Chronically Homeless

Presenter: Andrew Winter, Twin Pines Housing

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Week 5 — Bringing Affordable Senior Housing to Small and Rural Communities

Presenters: Laura Baker, Valley Community Development; Lorin Starr, 120 North Main Street Committee in Sunderland; Paul Lischetti, Hilltown CDC

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Week 6 — Distressed and Abandoned Properties

Presenters: Don Bianchi, MACDC; Maja Kazmierczak, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office; Michael Moriarty, OneHolyoke CDC

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Week 7 — Using CDBG for Housing Rehab

Presenters: Patricia Mullins, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC); Doug Desmarais, Hilltown CDC; Brian McHugh, Franklin Country Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority; Christopher Dunphy, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC)

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