In addition to announcing the Legislature's enactment of the FY2010 budget (which cuts affordable housing programs by 14%), today CHAPA's "Housing Briefs" enews also announced the award of funds for community outreach initiatives to increase local awareness of affordable housing issues. The initiatives include some fresh and even playful ideas - have you ever heard of theatrical presentations that dramatize the need for affordable housing? Here is an excerpt from the enews:
CHAPA Funds Second Round of Community Outreach Initiative
With funding from the Miller Foundation, CHAPA has selected seven communities for assistance under Round 2 of our Affordable Housing Outreach Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative is to demonstrate how a concerted effort among committed local residents can result in an increase in affordable housing acceptance and development.
With their grant awards, the Town of Nantucket will create a series of three mini-videos/documentaries about affordable housing suitable for YouTube, while the Wellfleet Housing Authority and Local Housing Partnership will develop a series of theatrical presentations to dramatize the need for affordable housing. The Sudbury Housing Trust will develop materials to increase awareness and support for a proposed group home for persons with disabilities, The CDC of South Berkshire will organize public support for two prospective housing developments in Lenox and Great Barrington, and the City of Salem’s Affordable Housing Trust will create a local housing awareness campaign. Other award recipients include the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Town of Saugus.
How does your community increase public awareness about affordable housing issues? Share your success stories (or frustrations) by commenting on this post.