HOUSING ACADEMY is a training program for InvestNH Housing Opportunity Planning (HOP) Grant and Community Housing Navigator Grant recipients to help build and further develop local capacity related to housing matters. UNH Cooperative Extension will provide housing education and community engagement training and support grantees as they develop their local community engagement strategies. Session dates are listed on the class flyer, below.
SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE
Download the Summer 2023 Housing Academy flyer
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
Municipal grantees are eligible to have up to three people participate in Housing Academy. Participants can include municipal staff. In addition,
we want to build local capacity for engagement on housing matters by encouraging municipalities to identify volunteers (including members of local boards or governing bodies, or other interested citizens) to attend. No housing or community engagement experience is necessary – just an interest in expanding a variety of local housing options.
IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL SESSIONS
Housing Academy participants will meet via webinars, in-person training sessions, and place-based training in communities around the state. There will also be opportunities for community participants to share best practices and challenges and learn from each other.
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TOPICS
Through a variety of engagement techniques and tools such as storytelling, interviews, focus groups, art, posters, polls, listening sessions and more, Housing Academy is designed to be interactive. Community engagement techniques and tools will be taught so participants can develop and implement an engagement plan in their city or town. Speakers, panels, teachers and participants will explore a wide range of housing and community engagement topics, including:
- Understanding the housing crisis
- Using data
- How to talk about housing
- Envisioning communities with more housing options
- Community engagement beyond public meetings
- How to make change – working with opposing views and mapping out regulatory change
- Bringing new people and voices into the housing discussion
- Municipal grantees are eligible to have up to three people participate including municipal staff and volunteers. We want to build local capacity for engagement on housing matters by encouraging municipalities to identify volunteers (including members of local boards or governing bodies, or other interested citizens) to attend.
- We will send a Zoom link to those who register just prior to the first session.
- We encourage participants to attend each session. Knowing that this can sometimes be challenging, we will be recording and sharing our webinars. A substitute can attend if a participant is not available. It is best for participants to commit to the sessions as the materials will build on the previous session.
- In-person sessions will be held at NH Housing 32 Constitution Ave. Bedford, NH and lunch is provided.
- Each participant will have access to online resource materials that complement the webinars and in person sessions.
- In addition, participants can schedule one on one time with Extension for discussion of your specific engagement plan.
If you have questions about Housing Academy, please contact us at info@NHHOPgrants.org.