Slides for Capital Project Implementation Process, Featuring DHCD 10.18.22

Stefanie Brynen, DHCD
Join this webinar with DHCD (The Department of Housing and Community Development) to learn more about implementing capital improvements at your Local Housing Authority. We discuss how residents and board members are involved in this process.

Webinar: The Capital Project Implementation Process, Featuring DHCD 10.18.22

Stefanie Brynen, DHCD
Join this webinar with DHCD (The Department of Housing and Community Development) to learn more about implementing capital improvements at your Local Housing Authority. We discuss how residents and board members are involved in this process.

Maria Fernandes-Dominique Spotlight

Lia Downing, MKI
"Maria Fernandes-Dominique brings an array of valuable experiences from a variety of mission-driven organizations to her work with the Mel King Institute. She is a self-described community development practitioner with an impressive background, having held roles at NeighborWorks America, the Boston Bar Association, Boston Children’s Hospital, and now Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts." To read more, please see the full Spotlight.

Carol Roberts Spotlight

Lia Downing, MKI
"The fellow residents in Carol Roberts’ public housing complex are not afraid to give her a call. As the tenant board president of Caffrey Towers in Brockton, she has worked to build trust with her neighbors, and that trust comes with its own responsibilities." To read more, please see the full Spotlight.

The Grievance Process Booklet

MLRI
"Using Your Public Housing Grievance Process. A Know Your Rights Guide for Public Housing Tenants in Massachusetts."

How the Mel King Institute’s Public Housing Training Program is helping one tenant group to bridge divides amongst residents

Nadine Sanchara, MACDC
"The public housing residents in Salem have a strong tenants organization, and while they face many challenges, the Mel King Institute’s (MKI) Public Housing Training Program is preparing them to work together towards their common goals." To read more, please see the full blog.

Mel King Institute Public Housing Training Participants Form New Tenant Groups

Nadine Sanchara, MACDC
"In spring of 2020, just as COVID was ramping up, Judy O’Kulsky began knocking on her neighbors’ doors at the public housing development where she lives in Belchertown, MA. Judy was able to get her neighbors involved in a newly forming tenant group." To read more, please see the full blog.

DHCD Webinar: Funding and Supporting Capital Improvements at Your LHA 5.26.22

Stefanie Brynen
Join this webinar with DHCD (The Department of Housing and Community Development) to learn more about funding and supporting capital improvements at your Local Housing Authority. Due to successful advocacy on the part of MassNAHRO and Mass Union, an additional $150 million will be available for LHA capital improvements through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Join us to learn how residents can be involved in decisions regarding these funds, as well as an overview of the capital improvement planning process and the RCAT program (Regional Capital Assistance Teams).

Slides for DHCD Webinar : Funding and Supporting Capital Improvements at Your LHA 5.26.22

Stefanie Brynen
Join this webinar with DHCD (The Department of Housing and Community Development) to learn more about funding and supporting capital improvements at your Local Housing Authority. Due to successful advocacy on the part of MassNAHRO and Mass Union, an additional $150 million will be available for LHA capital improvements through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Join us to learn how residents can be involved in decisions regarding these funds, as well as an overview of the capital improvement planning process and the RCAT program (Regional Capital Assistance Teams).

Racial Identity Development

Beverly Daniel Tatum
Application of Racial Identity Development in the Classroom

Local Tenant Organization Success Stories Webinar, March 2022

Thomas Ruffen, Public Housing Resident
For residents of public housing, what makes for a successful Local Tenant Organization? In this webinar we talk about how to connect with residents in your development to build a powerful network that can make changes to benefit everyone. Residents are often held back by “The Big 4” -- fear, hopelessness, confusion and division. But through building trusted relationships we can overcome these barriers and improve the quality of life. What follows is an interview with Thomas Ruffen, member of the Mildred Hailey Tenants Organization in Boston, MA.

Local Tenant Organization Success Stories Webinar, March 2022

L'aura Jordan, Public Housing Resident
For residents of public housing, what makes for a successful Local Tenant Organization? In this webinar we talk about how to connect with residents in your development to build a powerful network that can make changes to benefit everyone. Residents are often held back by “The Big 4” -- fear, hopelessness, confusion and division. But through building trusted relationships we can overcome these barriers and improve the quality of life. What follows is an interview with L'aura Jordan, member of the Elm Terrace Tenants Organization in Greenfield, MA.

Local Tenant Organization Success Stories Webinar, March 2022

Sue Kirby, Public Housing Resident
For residents of public housing, what makes for a successful Local Tenant Organization? In this webinar we talk about how to connect with residents in your development to build a powerful network that can make changes to benefit everyone. Residents are often held back by “The Big 4” -- fear, hopelessness, confusion and division. But through building trusted relationships we can overcome these barriers and improve the quality of life. What follows is an interview with Sue Kirby, the president of the Morency Tenants Organization in Salem, MA.

Slides for Who's Who - DHCD, the LHA Board, and the Local Tenant Organization Webinar 3.9.22

Sarah O'Leary and Bill Halfpenny, DHCD
Powerpoint slides that correspond with webinar here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NoMQRuMenHaqA3scTzMHYceS6oibA3PQoA1_eKlbS58/edit?usp=sharing

Who's Who - DHCD, the LHA Board, and the Local Tenant Organization 3.9.22

Sarah O'Leary and Bill Halfpenny, DHCD
Join this webinar with DHCD and the Mel King Institute to understand the different powers of the Local Tenant Organization, the LHA Board, and DHCD. Residents will learn more about the "chain of command" for resolving individual problems, the expansive powers of their local Board, and the limits of DHCD's authority.

Organizing for Racial Equity Within the Federal Government

Race Forward
President Biden’s Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government presents a generational opportunity to bring the full force of the federal government to the work of racial equity and justice. To realize its potential, racial equity practitioners will need to organize from within government to continually bring people together towards a common vision of racial equity. In order to sustain momentum such organizing should be coupled with investments in growing organizational capacity and networked infrastructure across the whole of government

The Structural Racism Remedies Repository

UC Berkley
The Othering and Belonging Institute at UC-Berkeley has just released a Structural Racism Remedies Repository, compiling “over 1,000 policy recommendations in many areas where structural racism is most prevalent, including policing, criminal justice, housing, transportation, voting rights, education, and many others.”

Mel King Institute Public Housing Training Participants Form New Tenant Groups

Resident Leadership Academy
Blog post about Judy O'Kulsky, a resident tenant leader.

Choosing Integration Report Release

MassINC
Click below to watch the recording including the research presentation and a recap of group conversations for the report Choosing Integration.

National Housing & Financial Capability Survey

NeighborWorks America
On June 24, 2021, NeighborWorks America released findings from its 2021 Housing and Financial Capability Survey, which was conducted in April. The survey showed that many people see the advantages in owning a home but are unequipped to handle financial challenges that stall their dream of homeownership. Since 2019, NeighborWorks America has conducted its annual Housing and Financial Capability Survey to collect data that helps set the foundation for the stabilization of communities. Prior to 2019, the organization released a spring consumer finance survey and a fall homeownership survey. The findings from the survey help NeighborWorks America understand who still needs the organization's help and the areas that need the most attention.

Prison Abolition Syllabus

D. Berger, G. Felber, K. Gross, et al., Black Perspectives, African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)
This is a syllabus for a course on prison abolition, filled with resources.

The 1619 Project

Pulitzer Center
In partnership with The New York Times, the Pulitzer Center is building a learning community around The 1619 Project. Explore this site to find teaching resources, information about our 1619 Education Network, and ways to connect.

Rethinking "Thanksgiving" Toolkit

Indigenous Environmental Network,
There are many different experiences we will have over Thanksgiving - some of us will have lots of food, some of us will struggle to have enough. Some will be surrounded by people and some will be alone or with just one other person. For many, it’s an important time of coming together with family. This day also gives us a chance to look at and change stories we have about our families and ourselves. Thanksgiving is based on myths that hide and erase the genocide that the United States is founded upon. What would it mean to tell a different story; an honest story?

Counter-Narrating the Attacks on Critical Race Theory

Race Forward
Guide for addressing critiques on Critical Race Theory

Resource Guide for Indigenous Solidarity Funding Projects

Catalyst Project
This guide offers lessons and guidelines to support non Native groups and people who seek to move resources to Indigenous Peoples through solidarity funding projects that directly support Indigenous sovereignty.

Slides for Local Housing Authority Budget with DHCD Webinar 12.2.21

DHCD
Powerpoint slides that correspond with webinar here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1k__0tlpeM5NtmMGnYW9kTBYKkLtMH4ARpniG7BlLPEs/edit?usp=sharing

Local Housing Authority Budget with DHCD Webinar 12.2.21

Chris DeVore, DHCD
Join the Mel King Institute and DHCD for a session about Housing Authority Budgets. Housing Authority Budgets spell out how the Authority plans to spend the money it collects from rents, subsidies, and other sources. All residents have a role in helping shape budgets, especially when there is a Local Tenant Organization, and Resident Board Members need to understand them in order to weigh in and sign off on them each year. This webinar is for residents and Board Members of Local Housing Authorities.

Public Housing Resident Organizing and Participation Toolkit

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
This toolkit is designed for public housing residents interested in creating or supporting a resident council.

Mass Cultural Council's Racial Equity Plan

Mass Cultural Council
As a state agency, Mass Cultural Council’s grant-making is a public investment into an important economic sector and health and human services. As stewards of public resources, we are striving to become more intentionally inclusive when we design programs and services, and make policy and funding decisions, to ensure we are reaching all residents of the Commonwealth. With the release of our first-ever Racial Equity Plan, Mass Cultural Council commits to doing the ongoing and long-term work of being a racially-equitable and anti-racist organization.

Local Tenant Organization Success Stories Webinar, August 2021

Sue Kirby, Public Housing Resident
For residents of public housing What makes for a successful Local Tenant Organization? In this webinar we talk about how to connect with residents in your development to build a powerful network that can make changes to benefit everyone. Residents are often held back by “The Big 4” -- fear, hopelessness, confusion and division. But through building trusted relationships we can overcome these barriers and improve the quality of life. What follows is an interview with Sue Kirby, the president of the Morency Tenants Organization in Salem, MA.

Who's Who - DHCD, the LHA Board, and the Local Tenant Organization 2.12.21

Sarah O'Leary
This webinar with DHCD and the Mel King Institute is to understand the different powers of the Local Tenant Organization, the LHA Board, and DHCD. Residents will learn more about the "chain of command" for resolving individual problems, the expansive powers of their local Board, and the limits of DHCD's authority.

Slides for Capital Improvement Plans Webinar with DHCD 10.14.2021

DHCD
Powerpoint slides that correspond with webinar here: https://youtu.be/k3wXaRrkhxI

Capital Improvement Plans with DHCD Webinar 10.14.2021

Stefanie Brynen
Every Housing Authority has a Capital Improvement Plan which lays out the major improvements the authority will make to its properties in the next five years. These plans have a huge impact on residents’ quality of life, and like budgets, all residents have the right to weigh in. Resident Board Members especially need to understand the details of a Capital Improvement Plan so they can make their perspectives known to the Board.

Race Counts

Build Healthy Places Network
RACE COUNTS measures the overall performance, amount of racial disparity, and impact by population size of every county in California.

Local Tenant Organization Success Stories Webinar, August 2021

Judy O’Kulsky, Public Housing Resident
For residents of public housing What makes for a successful Local Tenant Organization? In this webinar we talk about how to connect with residents in your development to build a powerful network that can make changes to benefit everyone. Residents are often held back by “The Big 4” -- fear, hopelessness, confusion and division. But through building trusted relationships we can overcome these barriers and improve the quality of life. What follows is an interview with Judy O'Kulsky who is on the board of the newly elected local tenant organization in Belchertown, MA and also serves on the board of the Belchertown Housing Authority.

Local Tenant Organization Success Stories Webinar, August 2021

Carol Roberts, Public Housing Resident
For residents of public housing What makes for a successful Local Tenant Organization? In this webinar we talk about how to connect with residents in your development to build a powerful network that can make changes to benefit everyone. Residents are often held back by “The Big 4” -- fear, hopelessness, confusion, and division. But through building trusted relationships we can overcome these barriers and improve the quality of life. What follows is an interview with Carol Roberts, a long time board member of the local tenants organization in Caffrey Towers in Brockton, MA and also serves as a board member of the Brockton Housing Authority.

Mass Law Reform Institute Annual Plan Webinar, Recorded June 2021

Molly Broderick. MLRI
Every Local Housing Authority (LHA) is required to prepare and post an Annual Plan. This Plan includes the LHA's budget, capital improvement plan, maintenance information, a list of policies, a list of waivers, and more. Residents have the right to weigh in, especially Local Tenant Organizations!

DHCD Annual Plan Webinar, Recorded June 2021

Paul McPartland, DHCD
Every Local Housing Authority (LHA) is required to prepare and post an Annual Plan. This Plan includes the LHA's budget, capital improvement plan, maintenance information, a list of policies, a list of waivers, and more. Residents have the right to weigh in, especially Local Tenant Organizations!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Organizational Assessment Tools: A Resource Guide

Brandeis Heller School
This resource guide is designed to assist organizations and coalitions in a change process to identify, defne, and achieve goals related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice. It is appropriate for a wide range of organizations from across the health and healthcare, human and social service, education (K-12), and non-proft sectors.