Public Housing Training (PHT) Program

The Public Housing Training Program at the Mel King Institute provides trainings for residents of public housing to support their full participation in the oversight of their housing developments. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Housing Training Program is focusing on information-sharing and fostering connections among residents to address isolation. We are convening weekly Zoom calls where residents are sharing concerns and best practices. The calls have helped residents understand DHCD’s guidance around staffing, maintenance, laundry rooms and more so that they may better advocate for safe practices at their housing authorities. In addition, we are training “Peer Connectors”; i.e., residents who are calling each other to provide a friendly hello. Some residents are calling through Mel King’s list, while others are being trained to call residents in their own developments. 

Are you a Public Housing Resident? Get Involved!

  1. Join our weekly open Zoom calls on Thursdays at 11am. Email to sign up. All public housing residents are welcome!
  2. How are things going at your Housing Authority? Tell us here in this survey.
  3. Would you like to learn how to be a Peer Connector and provide a friendly phone call to support other residents? Email
  4. Email to be added to our mailing list to stay up-to-date on our online training opportunities.


The Public Housing Training Program is a collaboration of the Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants, Mass Law Reform Institute, Mass Housing Partnership, the Department of Housing & Community Development, and the Mel King Institute/MACDC. Each of these organizations serves on the Public Housing Training Program Advisory Committee, along with a Housing Authority Executive Director, a representative from a Community Development Corporation, and several residents. 


A Massachusetts statute called “The Local Housing Authority Act of 2014” requires a training program specifically for residents of public housing, with the goal of “enabling tenant [Board] members and members of local tenant organizations to participate fully in the oversight of the housing authority’s operation and capital planning.” The Mel King Institute has been developing and implementing this training since fall of 2016. 


Sarah Byrnes, Program Director, 617.379.5984,