Upcoming Trainings

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 jmineo@futureworksjobs.org

Lead-Safe Worker and Supervisor Training

4-day training for Certified Lead Safe Workers (24 hours) and Supervisors (32 hours) starting October 19th.  Free for contractors and tradespeople who fit federal income guidelines.  Training to take place at ATC Group Services in West Springfield on October 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th.

For more information or to register, contact Nigel Greaves from Springfield Office of Housing at 413-886-5050 or HHinfo@springfieldcityhall.com


Hoarding Conference

The Western Massachusetts Hoarding Task Force will be hosting a conference to educate the community about addressing and supporting individuals with Hoarding Disorder.  The conference will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM at the Hadley Farms Meeting House.  There is an $85 fee to attend.  For more information or to register, click here.

CHW Supervisor Training

Hosted by the Boston Public Health Commission and the Community Health Education Center (CHC), this two-session workshop addresses issues specific to the supervision of community health workers. The workshop reviews the key roles and responsibilities of supervisors. Participants explore ways to support their CHW staff, discover new strategies and techniques to make staff accountable, resolve conflict and provide constructive feedback. The workshop is scheduled for 12/4/17 and 12/6/17 and there is a $75 fee to participate.  Register by November 30, 2017.

Download the CHW Supervisory Skills Workshop Training Flyer for more information.

Ongoing Trainings

Training for Landlords

Basics of Rental Property Management

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).

Click here for upcoming dates and information on how to register.

Financial Training for Residents

Financial Literacy Workshop

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.

Click here for workshop calendar and information on how to register.

Financial Fitness Education

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

Click here for the class schedule and information on how to register.


Previous Trainings

The Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative has coordinated and convened numerous trainings over the past few years.  Click here for information about previous trainings.