The Worthington Campbell Jr. Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation has awarded $20,000 to the Cape Community Housing Partnership to help fund an initiative designed to build community support for affordable housing. The Community Development Partnership and the Housing Assistance Corporation have each committed to raise $120,000 to launch this initiative. The year-long project, which began last week, revolves around educating members of the Cape community about affordable housing development and management in order to receive the support necessary to effect change.
The project has three components:
FALL 2017: EDUCATING COMMUNITY LEADERS
Over 120 community leaders from across the Cape signed up for the Community Housing Institute (CHI). CHI is a six-week course designed to equip Select boards and Town Council members, as well as members of Planning Boards, Community Preservation Committees and Affordable Housing Committees with the knowledge, resources and skills needed to help towns better assess affordable housing needs, develop affordable housing production plans, identify appropriate development sites and partner with developers.
WINTER 2018: CREATING RESIDENT ADVOCATES
In the next phase, 80 residents from across the Cape will receive training to become informed advocates for affordable housing.
SPRING 2018: BUILDING COMMUNITY AWARENESS
Most municipal decisions affecting affordable housing require a town meeting vote. Therefore, it is critical that residents are accurately informed. A Media Campaign will use print, broadcast and social media to dispel the myths of and build support for affordable housing.
The Foundation actively seeks out and supports initiatives that involve leadership development and strategic partnerships and alliances. This initiative has an educational and programmatic focus that will help remove some of the barriers to creating long-term solutions to the housing crisis on Cape Cod.