Mass Union Holiday Roundtable

Thursday, December 21, 2023
10AM – 11AM

Join us to celebrate a year of transition and accomplishments! Mass Union has been busy working with our affiliates to build power for all so that we can make the changes we need to public housing. We’ll take a moment to reflect on our successes as well as the work still ahead. Bring your gratitude list and your “public housing holiday wish list” to share. We’ll throw in a little holiday trivia as well. Hope to see you there!

We will send you the Zoom link after you register below. Thank you!

This Roundtable is being offered as part of our partnership with the Mel King Institute. Read more here.

December 13: Resident Board Member Training

When: Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 10am-12pm
Register here:

This free two-hour virtual training is part of the Mel King Institute’s Public Housing Training Program. It is only open to residents who serve on the Board of their Local Housing Authority. As part of Mass Union’s partnership with MKI, Sarah Byrnes will be the trainer.

The training helps participants handle challenges unique to their particular 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.

Quotes from past 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

Please email or call Emma Caviness if you have any questions,, 617-379-5933.

Special Meeting with EOHLC about the Bond Bill

To all public housing residents: please join us on Friday, November 17 at 11am for a special meeting about the Governor’s Bond Bill!

  • This bill proposes to provide $1.6 billion for capital repairs in state public housing.
  • It would also help ensure that residents are protected during redevelopment.

We’re very excited to discuss the bill with Eric Shupin from the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC).

Mass Union has nine policy agenda items and we are hopeful that the bond bill, once enacted, will help address some of them. Mass Union will be counting on our affiliates to help make that happen. You can read more about our policy agenda here.

We will send you the Zoom link after you register below. Thank you!

Registration now closed

Online Training Series: Sustaining a Strong Local Tenant Organization

  • For public housing residents
  • Choose between the Tuesday Morning or Wednesday Evening series (see below)
  • Via Zoom

This five-part training series will help you build confidence and skills to manage a successful Local Tenant Organization (LTO). Starting and sustaining an LTO is a lot of work, but Mass Union, MKI and our network of fellow tenants are here to help! Whether you are a seasoned leader or just getting started, join us to share tips, tricks and encouragement. We’ll talk about:

  • Why to form a Local Tenant Organizations – and why not to!
  • Leadership do’s and don’ts
  • The rights and responsibilities of Local Tenant Organizations
  • How to reach and engage other tenants by overcoming fear
  • How to build power and voice to win changes at your Local Housing Authority

Please note that you can attend either the morning or evening series. The content will be the same.

Please contact Lisa Copeland to register at

These training series are being offered as part of our partnership with the Mel King Institute. Read more here.

November 8: Conflict Resolution Training

Wednesday, November 8, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Via Zoom – Link will be sent after you register

This training is being offered by the Mel King Institute and is free for public housing residents! To register, contact Amanda Kahan at

This workshop geared for community residents focuses on improving conflict skills and how to communicate effectively in difficult situations. You’ll build community by having a shared language with which to deal with conflict challenges. We train by combining presentations with experiential learning – you’ll have fun! We’ve found that those skills related to effective conflict management are best learned by practice.

Read more about our partnership with the Mel King Institute here.