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MOPC has assisted state and local government agencies and their stakeholders and constituencies on a variety of programs and initiatives.

Affordable Housing Program: Mediation of Ch. 40B affordable housing disputes between developers and municipalities pending before Housing Appeals Committee of the Department of Housing & Community Development.  

Agricultural Mediation Program: Mediation of farm and rural housing loan disputes and capacity-building for sustainable farming, in partnership with US Department of Agriculture, MA Department of Agricultural Resources, and municipal agricultural commissions and agricultural organizations.  Participation in national coalition (CAMP) of state-certified programs for institutionalizing best practices and building capacity within states.  

Community Mediation Center Grant Program: Administered by MOPC to advance the public mission of community mediation in the Commonwealth and allocate state operational funding to qualified  Massachusetts community mediation centers.  

Housing Mediation Program: a comprehensive statewide program launched as part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Eviction Diversion Initiative. The HMP deploys mediation as a homelessness prevention and housing stability tool to help mitigate the costs and negative economic impacts from evictions. 

Parent Mediation Program: Mediation of child access and visitation disputes in partnership with community mediation centers serving communities state-wide. 

Public Policy Institute: Moderation of deliberative dialogues on national policy issues in Massachusetts communities, using model developed by the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums, a national network of individuals and organizations using the model. Also includes training and development of deliberative dialogue moderators and exploration of the use of the model for potential community building projects.

Re-entry Mediation Program: Re-entry services for people returning to the community after a period of incarceration.  Services can be delivered to qualifying incarcerated people free of charge within 12 months of release.

Youth Conflict Resolution & Restorative Practices Program: administered by MOPC in partnership with qualified Community Mediation Centers (CMCs). The program goal is to reduce youth violence through a positive youth development approach that cultivates youth as assets who contribute to their families, neighborhoods and communities.