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. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Housing Training Program is offering trainings and other learning opportunities online over Zoom. Residents can join by computer or phone – no special equipment is needed. Contact Sarah Byrnes for more details or to be added to our mailing list (Click here to show mail address).

Click here for information for public housing residents about a variety of topics, including trainings, COVID-19 guidance, Annual Plans, and more. 


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. 

PHTP Leadership Development Video


Sarah Byrnes, Program Director, 617-379-5984, Click here to show mail address