Municipal Engagement Initiative

CHAPA’s Municipal Engagement Initiative seeks to build support for affordable housing production in communities across the Commonwealth. CHAPA's Municipal Engagement staff works with local municipalities and community groups to conduct public education efforts in support of housing production, with an emphasis on affordable housing. Strategies will be developed to work within the context of each community.

While all communities will benefit from public education and community discussions about the need for housing development and how it benefits communities economically, each community is unique in its character, land, zoning, and housing stock. CHAPA strives to develop a community engagement model that will broadly work in all communities while allowing for flexibility in the model to work within each unique environment. The Municipal Engagement Initiative is based on the collaborative model CHAPA uses at the state level, focusing on building coalitions that work together to address each community’s housing challenges. Coalition building at the local level will bring together stakeholders representing local businesses, civic groups, houses of worship, and other groups and individuals that are active in each community.

For more information, contact Dana LeWinter, Municipal Engagement Director, at


Municipal Engagement Initiative Community Application

CHAPA plans to work with 3-5 local communities annually. Applications will be made available soon. To receive notification when the Municipal Engagement Initiative Community Application process is open, please contact Dana LeWinter, Municipal Engagement Director, at

Current Municipal Engagement Communities

Coming soon!

Statewide Technical Assistance Providers

In addition to the lessons learned from work on the ground, CHAPA will convene meetings of Metro-Boston and statewide organizations working in local communities.  Meetings will provide opportunities for organizations to share information on their models and progress as well as to coordinate work between groups who are doing work simultaneously in particular communities. By coordinating efforts, the various Technical Assistance Providers can better serve communities and work together to address challenges. To learn more about each Technical Assistance Provider, their services and funding opportunities, please use the links below.

Additional Resources

Coming soon! In the meantime, check out the Housing Toolbox for Massachusetts Communities!