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 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 involved in a tenant group. Leaders of Local Tenant Organizations, “Task Forces” and other tenant groups are highly encouraged to attend. The training focuses on state regulations about tenant participation and also covers essentials leadership skills such as team building, outreach, conflict resolution, and running meetings.
Gloucester Housing Authority
31 Prospect Street, Gloucester
Thursdays August 9 and August 23, 10am – 3:30pm
Boston Housing Authority
Julia Martin House, 90 Bickford House, Jamaica Plain
Monday September 24 and Tuesday September 25, 10am – 3:30pm
Open only to Boston Housing Authority residents
Quincy Housing Authority
15A Bicknell Street, Quincy, MA
Tuesdays October 9 and 16, 10am – 3:30pm
To register for any of these trainings, contact Sarah Byrnes at email@example.com or 617.379.5984.
Boston Housing Authority Trainings
Our program is partnering with the Boston Housing Authority to provide three trainings here in Boston in fall 2018 and early 2019. The first one will be in Jamaica Plain in September (see above). If you are a resident of Boston Housing and would like to attend a free training, please contact Sarah Byrnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.379.5984.
Resident Board Member Training
This free two-day training is open to public housing residents who serve on the Board of their Local Housing Authority. 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.
If you have questions or are interested in taking this training, please contact Sarah Byrnes at email@example.com or 617.379.5984.
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
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.