Cape Housing Institute & Advocacy Training

A Community-Based Initiative for Cape Cod

The Lack of Affordable Housing on Cape Cod is a Community Problem.

It Needs a Community Solution.

The Cape Housing Institute & Advocacy Training started in 2017 as a partnership between Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) and Community Development Partnership (CDP) to help Cape Cod towns solve the affordable housing crisis by giving municipal officials, residents, business leaders and community leaders the tools to solve the economic crisis caused by a lack of affordable housing.

We are pursuing a three-Part Strategy:

  • Advocacy Training for Residents - Upcoming sessions in Fall 2019 and Early 2020
  • Cape Housing Institute for Municipal Officials  - Upcoming sessions in Fall 2019/Early 2020
  • Public Education - Ongoing

Cape Housing Institute

Free Training for Elected & Appointed Municipal Leaders & Town Staff

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This is our third year of presenting Housing Institute training for municipal leaders and more than 200 officials have participated to date! This year, we have some exciting news about changes in the way that Housing Assistance Corporation and Community Development Partnership (CDP) will present the trainings. 

Housing Assistance will offer a one-day, training conference and summit for municipal officials. This responds to the feedback received from several participants that the six-week program was challenging to fit it into schedules and was redundant for return participants, while CDP will continue to offer the six-week program as in past years for participants who prefer that format.

If you participated in Housing Assistance's past Housing Institute workshops, we'll be sure to let you know when the one-day conference date is set and we are ready to reveal some of the exciting featured speakers!

If you didn't already register in a past year, please fill out the form below and we'll include you on the conference invitation and updates.  

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Advocacy Training

Free training for the public

In March 2019, HAC hosted advocacy training workshops in Yarmouth, Barnstable and Mashpee, with more than 60 residents trained to speak in favor of housing at town meetings. If you registered for our 2019 or 2018 advocacy workshops, we'll be sure to notify you when the next sessions are scheduled. We are always updating our materials to highlight the most current issues in our towns.

If you haven't registered yet, please sign up below to be notified of our next advocacy session.

Advocacy Training gives people throughout Cape Cod the tools to support affordable housing that is needed in their communities so that the region's workforce and others can afford to live here.  

Our Advocacy Training sessions are focused on: 

  • Basics of the Cape's Housing Crisis
  • How Public Housing Decisions are Made
  • Your Opportunities to Engage
  • Common Arguments Against Housing (NIMBY: Not In My Backyard)
  • Counter Arguments to Support Housing (YIMBY: Yes In My Backyard)
  • How to Frame Your Message
  • Speaking with Confidence
  • Interactive Practice
  • Ways You Can Help: Attend Public Meetings; Contact Public Officials; Write Letters to the Editor; and More!

Sign up below to stay updated on future Advocacy Training workshops as well as advocacy opportunities available in your community.                                                                      


Housing Assistance Corporation's Cape Housing Institute programming is made possible by the following funders:

  • Cape Cod Foundation
  • Falmouth Community Preservation Committee

For questions about the Community Housing Partnership and trainings contact:
Shawna Moos at Housing Assistance (508) 771-5400 ext. 213 or or
Andrea Aldana at Community Development Partnership (508) 240-7873, ext. 10 or