Cape Housing Institute, Rent 365 & Advocacy Training

To help address our regional housing crisis, Housing Assistance Corporation educates the public to become advocates for housing, we train municipal officials to promote affordable and attainable housing in their towns, and we created Rent 365, an incentive program to encourage seasonal homeowners to convert their properties into year-round rentals. In 2018, Housing Assistance released a new report: Housing on Cape Cod: The High Cost of Doing Nothing. The report details the impact the lack of housing has on our economy and also sets forth recommendations of how together we can build a stronger future. It will take all of us, but we can build a vibrant and resilient local community where everyone has access to safe, decent housing.

Cape Housing Institute

Free Training for Elected & Appointed Municipal Leaders & Town Staff

What’s your vision for our community in ten, twenty, or even fifty years? Together, we can build it. And housing is the foundation. This is our third year of presenting Housing Institute training for municipal leaders and more than 200 officials have participated to date!

In 2020, we are offering a series of in-depth trainings and peer groups for municipal officials. If you serve your town as an elected or appointed official, volunteer committee member, or staff — or you want to learn how you can support housing initiatives in your town — contact advocacy@haconcapecod.org to be notified of future trainings.

On February 10, 2020, we welcomed more than 50 municipal officials to our Form-Based Code Workshop. Form-based code takes a visual approach to zoning that describes the type of buildings that towns want to see in specific areas—rather than a traditional zoning approach that describes what cannot be built and includes a lot of detail about building uses. Form-based code is a tool that community members, town governments and developers can use to help housing get built faster and with fewer conflicts than traditional zoning. Many towns of the Cape are considering form-based code as a way of promoting quicker housing production.

In November, 2019, nearly 100 municipal officials and a limited number of community leaders and REALTORS attended a full-day  training on local housing solutions that work! We presented town-specific case studies as well as expert presentations by town and regional housing leaders, wastewater experts, affordable housing management companies, and more.

These events are offered free of charge, thanks to support from the people of Falmouth through the Community Preservation Fund; The Campbell Worthington Jr Fund and The OKeefe Family Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation; and The Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS (CCIAOR).

Housing on Cape Cod Report
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Advocacy Training

Show Up, Speak Up for Housing

This spring your towns need to hear that solving our region’s housing crisis is important to you!

Public officials listen to the voters in their town, but if we don’t show up, call, or email them and ask them to prioritize housing, they don’t know how much we care.

We’re asking all our housing advocates to attend a Board of Selectmen/Town Council meeting and speak during public comment.

“We have a housing crisis that’s displacing Cape Codders; please take action to increase housing inventory and affordability in our town.”

Find meeting details on your town’s website. You can send an email comment if you can’t attend.

If you’d talking points and support for attending a town meeting, please check out our Housing Advocate Toolkit: public comment outline, housing crisis talking points, and five steps for speaking at a public meeting;  or contact us at advocacy@haconcapecod.org.

Cape Housing Advocacy Training

In March 2019, HAC hosted advocacy training workshops in Yarmouth, Barnstable and Mashpee, with more than 60 residents trained to speak in favor of housing at town meetings. If you registered for our 2019 or 2018 advocacy workshops, we’ll be sure to notify you when the next sessions are scheduled. We are always updating our materials to highlight the most current issues in our towns.

If you haven’t registered yet, please sign up below to be notified of our next advocacy session.

Advocacy Training gives people throughout Cape Cod the tools to support affordable housing that is needed in their communities so that the region’s workforce and others can afford to live here.

Our Advocacy Training sessions are focused on:

  • Basics of the Cape’s Housing Crisis
  • How Public Housing Decisions are Made
  • Your Opportunities to Engage
  • Common Arguments Against Housing (NIMBY: Not In My Backyard)
  • Counter Arguments to Support Housing (YIMBY: Yes In My Backyard)
  • How to Frame Your Message
  • Speaking with Confidence
  • Interactive Practice
  • Ways You Can Help: Attend Public Meetings; Contact Public Officials; Write Letters to the Editor; and More!

Sign up below to stay updated on future Advocacy Training workshops as well as advocacy opportunities available in your community.
If you didn’t already register in a past year, please fill out the form below and we’ll include you on advocacy training invitations and updates.

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