This presentation and discussion will be focused on housing policy, with particular emphasis on the housing provider perspective. This virtual event is a condensed version of what used to be the half-day on-site held at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, near the geographic center of Massachusetts. Participation is encouraged but not required.
We will start with a condensed recent history of housing policy in Massachusetts, as seen from a housing provider's perspective. We will start primarily in January 2020 and review the changing emphasis of the pandemic, including policy successes and failures that have occurred since:
- Jail time for landlords
- Multiple layers of eviction moratorium
- CARES Act
- Rent cancellation
- HEROES Act
- Infinite moratorium
- Eviction diversion initiative
- RAFT moratorium
- Ranked choice voting
- Right of first refusal and eviction sealing
At the conclusion of the presentation, we will discuss what may lie over the horizon, what housing providers need to do to prepare, and where we go from here. Please note:
- Policy priorities survey
- Ballot initiatives
- Start of the 192nd legislative session
- Grassroots engagement
- Executive branch
- Judicial branch
Attendees of the January 4 SWCLA members event note: the history section will be substantially the same presentation. Note that due to the public nature of participation, we will not be discussing litigation strategy. The intent of this event is to find and distribute politically feasible solutions to shared problems.
This presentation will be given by Doug Quattrochi, Executive Director, MassLandlords, Inc. Doug was a founding member of MassLandlords in 2013. He became the association's first Executive Director under new bylaws in 2014. Since then, he has scaled the organization from a core of 160 members in Worcester to approximately 2,000 dues paying businesses from Pittsfield to the Cape, and from an all-volunteer team to approximately 20 full and part-time staff plus 50 volunteers. Doug has been instrumental in advancing democratic governance mechanisms, including score voting for policy priorities and a staggered and democratically elected Board of Directors. Doug also oversees the RentHelper spin-off, which is expanding access to electronic banking for those of us who are unbanked or underbanked. Prior to MassLandlords, Doug held leadership roles in various Massachusetts startups, two of which are still operating. Doug holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The networking portion of this meeting will be hosted by Dana Fogg and Patrick Sullivan. Dana started his rental business in 1994 with his first Multifamily in Watertown. Since then, Dana and his wife have purchased and sold rental properties around the Metro West area. They now have 9 Units in Watertown and Marlborough. Dana is the Vice President of the Metro West Property Owners Association. Patrick has been an avid landlord since 2007 primarily focusing on multi families in the greater Worcester area. Having worked in high level IT his whole life he looks at things from a different perspective which he applies to real estate. Eventually becoming a Real Estate agent in 2015 and now primarily focusing on Sober living facilities for people recently out of drug and alcohol treatment centers.
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Open to attendees statewide
This event is regionally branded in keeping with a local tradition. This region used to meet in-person on this day at this time. You are welcome to participate in this virtual meeting no matter where you are in the state.
Tuesday, February 16th
Cambridge & Statewide Virtual Meeting Agenda
- 5:00pm Sign-in and virtual networking: you can chit chat with others as people log in
- 5:40pm History
- 5:50pm Policy areas and avenues
- 6:30pm Grassroots engagement training
- 7:00pm Virtual meeting ends
Participation is Easy
As a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, our events have been replaced by webinars or virtual meetings held during the traditional event time for each former location:
- Virtual meetings include optional audience participation via video, phone, and screenshare and are not recorded.
- Webinars have limited participation options (typed questions only) and are recorded.
Our virtual registration desk is open for all events one hour starting 30 minutes prior to the event start time. Call 774-314-1896 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for live, real-time help signing in and using your technology.
If joining a virtual meeting, please use the zoom "test audio" feature. You will be allowed to talk to others if your microphone is good and there is no background noise. We reserve the right to mute anyone for any reason. Attendees without a microphone or who don't want to be heard can type questions.
Virtual Meeting Details (hosted by Zoom)
We will share our video, audio, and computer screen and slides.
- Optional: You can share your video with everyone, talk to everyone, and type chat with everyone. Video sharing is not required. Talking is not required.
Password will be emailed and viewable online.
Topic: Policy Forum Lite Virtual Meeting Feb 16, 2021 Time: Feb 16, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87685873903 Meeting ID: 876 8587 3903 Passcode: Will be emailed and viewable online Dial by your location +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Meeting ID: 876 8587 3903 Passcode: Will be emailed and viewable online Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kBcgXhdX1
Open to the public. Membership is not required!
- Contemporaneous participation:
- Public: $10
- Members: $7
- Premium Members: No charge and no need to register. Click here for meeting details and password.
This event will not be recorded. Any slides or handouts will be posted at "Policy"
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