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.

Resident Board Member Training

This two-day training is part of MKI’s Public Housing Training Program for residents of public housing. It is open to residents who serve on the Board of their Local Housing Authority. The training is free for this audience. (Other residents of public housing should attend a Resident Leader Training. More details coming soon.)

The training helps participants handle challenges unique to their role as both a resident and a Board Member. Participants learn about the role of the Board Member, take an in-depth look at budgets and capital improvement plans, and receive a free resource binder. They get a chance to network with each other to discuss experiences and share stories in order build confidence to perform their duties and contribute to a thriving Housing Authority.


  • Worcester Housing Authority - Tuesday October 10 and Tuesday October 24
  • Franklin Housing Authority – Saturday January 20 and Saturday February 3, 2018
  • Holyoke Housing Authority - Tuesday March 6 and Tuesday March 20
  • Danvers Housing Authority - May/June 2018, Exact Dates TBA


Quotes from Participants and Stakeholders:

"This Resident Board Member Training was the best I ever took. I have been talking all types of classes for 25 years now. My resource binder is now my Bible for questions and answers." - Phyllis May, Resident Board Member, Framingham Housing Authority

"I enjoyed this training immensely. The role-playing activities brought the examples home to us and aided us in understanding Board and resident issues. I would recommend this course to anyone who is a Resident Board Member." - Susan Stanek, Resident Board Member, Ludlow Housing Authority

"I wanted to hear some well-deserved praise on the Mel King Institute’s Resident Board Member training. The Tenant Commissioner of the Halifax Board is a fine example of what the training can do. She is a confident, informed commissioner that brings great perspective and enthusiasm to every meeting. This example is ‘Proof of Concept’ that the program works!" - John McKeown, Executive Director, Halifax Housing Authority



Resident Leader Training

The Resident Leader Training is a free two-day training for any resident of public housing who would like to enhance their leadership skills, learn about new state regulations, or get more involved at their Housing Authority. Leaders of Local Tenant Organizations, Task Forces, Resident Advisory Boards, and other tenant groups are highly encouraged to attend. This training is designed for aspiring and experienced leaders alike.

The training will focus on new state regulations about tenant participation. The training will also cover essential leadership skills such as outreach and running good meetings. Please note that attendees must attend with at least one other person from their Resident Group.


Monday November 6, 2017 and Monday December 4, 2017
10am - 3:30pm
Urban Edge
1542 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, Boston, 02119

Additional trainings to be held in February, April, and May/June 2018. Stay tuned for more information.


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 an LHA Executive Director, a representative from a Community Development Corporation, and several residents.


Several years ago the Massachusetts legislature passed the “The Local Housing Authority Act of 2014.” This law requires a new training program specifically for residents of public housing, with the goal of “enabling tenant 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 tasked with developing and implementing this training.


Sarah Byrnes, Program Manager, 617.379.5984,