The Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association is accepting applications for two or three new communities to join its Municipal Engagement Initiative, which helps Massachusetts communities build support for affordable housing production.

CHAPA’s Municipal Engagement staff members work with municipalities and community groups to conduct public education efforts in support of housing production efforts, with an emphasis on increasing affordable housing. Strategies will be developed to work within the context and goals of each community.

CHAPA strives to develop a community engagement model that will work broadly in all communities, while allowing for flexibility to work within each unique environment. The Municipal Engagement Initiative focuses on building coalitions that work together to address each community’s housing challenges. Coalition building at the local level brings together stakeholders representing local businesses, civic groups, houses of worship, and other groups and individuals that are active in each community.

All applications should align with CHAPA’s mission to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income families and individuals and to foster diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development.

Both municipal governments and community organizations are encouraged to apply. Visit CHAPA’s website for more information and an application.

Applications must be submitted to Municipal Engagement Director Dana LeWinter at dlewinter@chapa.org by 5 p.m. on Aug. 9.