March 1 | 3:30 to 5:00 PM | via ZOOM

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Join Housing Assistance as we share local examples of towns across the Cape that have encouraged innovative approaches to housing in village centers to address the affordable housing crisis and revitalize our local businesses and communities.

This program is for town staff, officials, property owners, and housing advocates. We’re all in this together!

Like many towns around the county, our Cape Cod villages suffer from a lack of affordable housing and a high commercial vacancy rates in our village centers. At the same time, we have a strong need to protect our remaining open spaces and natural resources. We can address both issues by encouraging housing development in and near our village centers. Building smaller homes, closer together decreases the cost of housing and decreases our environmental footprint. Moderate-density housing, scaled to fit the neighborhoods, saves the community money by utilizing existing infrastructure like roads and sewers, and supports local businesses in walkable neighborhoods. Together, we’ll explore new ways to encourage the housing development where it best supports the economic and natural resource needs of our region.

In addition to local leaders speaking about Cape Cod village plans to leverage housing as part of their revitalization efforts, the workshop will also feature national small-town main street revitalization experts UpstairsDowntown™ .

Mike Jackson and Dan Carmody developed and branded the UpstairsDowntown™ upper floor housing program in 2005and have presented their program in sixteen states at a wide variety of local, state, and national gatherings. UpstairsDowntown focuses on building community capacity to revitalize its underutilized assets and helps stakeholders work together to create more robust downtown by putting the market forces to work building greater resiliency and strengthening local economies. 

Watch: Colorado Main Streets Project Video