Healthy Homes: Assessment and Interventions
During this new course, students will learn about the importance of conducting an assessment and resident interview using solutions-based approaches and tools. Likewise, after developing strategies for assessing the health-related hazards in a home, students will conduct an onsite inspection, from which they will develop a comprehensive action plan. They will learn about identifying responsible parties, estimating costs, handling the bid process, communicating with residents, managing quality control and keeping adequate records.
For more information, contact: David Turcotte at (978) 934-4682 – David_Turcotte@uml.edu or Kelechi Adejumo at (978) 934-4778 – Kelechi_Adejumo@uml.edu
Construction Skills Training Program
8-week, 200-hour construction skills training program this fall (start date to be announced). Free for unemployed or underemployed Springfield residents who live in the following neighborhoods: Brightwood, Memorial Square, Six Corners, South End, Old Hill, Upper Hill, Metro Center, and portions of Liberty Heights and Forest Park.
For more information contact: Joe Mineo from FutureWorks at 413-858-2845 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Training for Landlords
This workshop includes an overview of basic residential rental property management in Massachusetts that provides an introduction to the Massachusetts laws that govern the rental relationship. Important for all owners of rental properties, including owners of 2-4 family homes.
Topics covered include:
• proper tenant screening
• relations with tenants
• lead paint laws
• types of tenancies
• State Sanitary Code
• fair housing laws
• the eviction process
• how to deal with drug problems
Trainer: H. John Fisher
Certificates of completion are awarded at the end of the session; this workshop satisfies the course requirement for first-time buyers of multi-family homes. Registration fee is $90 (includes WayFinders‘s Property Management Manual).
Financial Training for Residents
Springfield Partners for Community Actions holds FREE Financial Literacy Workshops to help residents set up household budgets, establish savings accounts, reduce debt, build and maintain credit and more. New sessions begin every month, and consist of four classes each. Workshops are free and open to all Springfield residents of moderate or low incomes.
Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services provides FREE Financial Fitness education to identify the obstacles that prevent people from buying a home, helps them develop a plan and budget, and monitors the customer’s progress towards overcoming the obstacles. The workshops are ten hours of intensive education covering topics including:
- Credit Issues
- Getting and Staying Out of Debt
- Managing Your Money
- Beginning a Banking Relationship
- Creating Wealth for You and Your Family
- Predatory Lending Tactics to avoid
The Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative has coordinated and convened numerous trainings over the past few years. Click here for information about previous trainings.