Cape Housing Institute & Advocacy Training

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.

A community-based initiative for Cape Cod

The Lack of Affordable Housing on Cape Cod is a Community Problem. It Needs a Community Solution.

The Cape Housing Institute & Advocacy Training started in 2017 as a partnership between Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) and Community Development Partnership (CDP) to help Cape Cod towns solve the affordable housing crisis by giving municipal officials, residents, business leaders and community leaders the tools to solve the economic crisis caused by a lack of affordable housing.

We are pursuing a three-part strategy:

  • Advocacy Training for Residents – Upcoming sessions in Fall 2019 and Early 2020
  • Cape Housing Institute for Municipal Officials – One Day Summit – November 2019
  • Public Education – Ongoing

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!

Municipal officials and a limited number of community leaders and REALTORS are invited to a day-long training on local housing solutions that work! Housing Assistance Corporation is delighted to present town-specific case studies as well as expert presentations by town and regional housing leaders, wastewater experts, affordable housing management companies, and more.

This event is 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).

This event is now sold out. Please explore our training and advocacy programs page to learn about other ways to get involved.

Housing on Cape Cod Report
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Advocacy Training

Free training for the public

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.

Cape Housing Advocacy Training

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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