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

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

Dirty Data Cost Calculator

Association Trends
Download this whitepaper and learn how to: Calculate how much dirty data is currently costing your association, and how much it will continue costing as time passes without clean-up. Quantify this cost so you are able to communicate the importance of data hygiene to your boss, board, and/or stakeholders.

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.

Doing Engagement from Home A Toolbox for Municipal Staff

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Engagement Department of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) conducted extensive research on digital engagement tools and methods. This document includes many tools that municipal staff can use to engage the public remotely. This document is intended as a resource and does not constitute endorsement of any of these tools. MAPC does not use every tool in this list— for questions about individual tools, reach out to the tool’s Help or Support staff.

Hybrid Engagement Hub: Navigating Together

MAPC Community Engagement Division
This project hub is designed to be a central source of information to support you as you develop your approach to hybrid meetings, investigate tools, and design public participation at the local level.

Worforce Training Fund Express Program - Passive House and LEED certifications

Any company is eligible for $30,000 of training per year through this grant application. There are many certification for building sustainability measures.

Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund Express Program

Workforce Training Fund
50 courses approved to provide PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant training.

Highlights from Cool, Climate-safe Cities: New Solutions & Research

BU Institute for Sustainable Energy
Webinar Recording for Event

Turning Towards Each Other: A Conflict Workbook

Jovida Ross and Weyam Ghadbian
The exercises in this workbook are offered as a way to bring love into the hard parts of our relationships. Of course, when we’re in the middle of a tense situation, it may not feel like love. It can be helpful to remember that there are always multiple truths present in a conflict: We each experience a situation differently, and interpret what is going on from a different vantage point. Making space for our feelings and experiences to be acknowledged can help us surface deeper insights hidden in the tension and uncover new solutions.

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

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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.

Impact of Climate Change on Health

National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
Climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity and it is disproportionately felt by the most vulnerable and disadvantaged according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) special report. This infographic explains links between climate change and health.

Updated Toolkit: COVID-19 Booster Dose Messaging and Outreach Tools

Public Health Communications Collaborative
Millions of Americans are now eligible to get a COVID-19 booster dose. The following communications resources — including topline talking points, answers to tough questions, sample social media posts and graphics — can help you answer questions about COVID-19 vaccine booster doses and support your local vaccination outreach.

Getting Capital to Small Businesses in Low-Income Communities

The Aspen Institute
Heeding the call for greater race and gender equity, policymakers, donors, and investors want to uplift small businesses in underserved communities. But boosting access to capital for business owners of color is easier said than done. In this video, we identify the importance of microloans in meeting firms owned by people of color where they are in terms of their capital needs. And we highlight the work of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in serving this vital role. Members of the Aspen Institute’s Microfinance Impact Collaborative, for example, issued over 8,300 loans in 2018, 75% of which were to entrepreneurs of color.

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.

Project Manager Core Skills Toolkit

Mel King Institute
The Tracker tool was designed to support the growth and development of non-profit real estate project managers. The tool can be adapted to suit needs of various project managers, as job titles and the division of work will differ for each organization. It can be used with a supervisor/supervisee relationship or as an individual project manager self-assessment.

Organizing and Engagement Core Skills Toolkit

Mel King Institute, Rising Sun Consulting
This toolkit was designed to support the professional growth of community organizers and community engagement staff. The toolkit was developed by and for organizers! Front line organizers helped identify the 6 competency areas and piloted the tools, offering feedback on content and format.

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

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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.

Know Your Rights: Source of Income Discrimination FAQ

Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Massachusetts residents who rely on public assistance, including rental assistance programs, often face unique challenges in securing housing, which is a key pathway to economic security. Because we recognize the importance of access to housing, we have prepared this guide to help educate residents and landlords on their rights and obligations in this area.

State and Local Antidiscrimination Laws Could Help Renters Access Emergency Rental Assistance and Keep Their Homes

Urban Institute
Despite the needs of both renters and landlords, some landlords are not accepting rent relief. We don’t have much data on how many landlords are refusing rental relief or their motivations for doing so, but we know that the outcomes can be dire for tenants, especially low-income renters and renters of color, who often face housing discrimination when using federal assistance.

COVID Eviction Legal Help Video - Ed's Story

COVID Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP)
Last October, the COVID Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP) was created through the Governor’s Eviction Diversion Initiative. Since its inception, CELHP has provided legal help in over 3,650 eviction cases.

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.

Creativity and Community Action

David M. Greenberg, LISC
In a new essay and workbook from David M. Greenberg, LISC's vice president for Knowledge Management and Strategy, practitioners are posed with two parallel questions: how can community development and activism enhance artistic and cultural work? And how can cultural practice community development and activism? Using paintings, poetry, and the work of artist-activists in Logan Square, Chicago, as “cases,” the resource helps enhance the reach, ambition, and impact of collaborations between artists and community organizations.

Facing an Eviction Informational Videos

COVID Eviction Legal Help Project
Learn what to do if you are facing an eviction in Massachusetts.

Climate Resilient Land Use Strategies

Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Land use regulations can be a powerful tool to provide climate resilience. From floodplain and wetlands restrictions, to tree protection and water conservation, to design standards and zoning, communities are using their regulatory authority to address the growing impacts of rainstorms, sea level rise, heat, and drought.