Housing Assistance Corporation is known for all our services to help tenants succeed, but we know that’s only part of the solution. It takes effective, successful participation from every sector to build a strong community based on stable housing. That’s why Housing Assistance also provides free resources for landlords through Rent 365; we train municipal officials to promote affordable and attainable housing in their towns through the Cape Housing Institute; and we train residents to become advocates for changes in town policy to support housing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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).