2024 MHSA Member Retreat

Tuesday, September 17, 2024

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross

1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610

Hogan Center

The 2024 MHSA Member Retreat will take place on Tuesday, September 17 at the Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester.

The Retreat will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration, continental breakfast, and networking take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and the program begins at 10:00 a.m.


Featured Speaker: Secretary Ed Augustus Jr. of the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities 

MHSA is looking forward to welcoming Secretary Ed Augustus Jr. of the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities as our featured speaker for this year’s retreat.


What is the MHSA Member Retreat?

The MHSA Member Retreat is an opportunity for MHSA member agencies from across Massachusetts to discuss trends, challenges, and innovative solutions as together we lay the groundwork for MHSA’s advocacy in the upcoming year.

Highlights for this year’s retreat include:

  • A conversation with Secretary Ed Augustus Jr. of the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities.
  • A leadership strategy session for executive directors and senior staff involved in policy to discuss MHSA’s legislative and administrative advocacy.
  • Breakout on topics including fair housing and community opposition; substance use, violence, and trafficking in supportive housing; effective community responses to unsheltered homelessness; health care; older adults; and more.

Details on the agenda and speakers to follow as the retreat approaches.



The Hogan Campus Center is on the College of the Holy Cross campus in Worcester.  

1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610 


Visitor parking will be available between the Hogan Campus Center and the Luth Athletic Complex. This parking lot is accessible by entering via McKeon Road or through Gate 7.  

See the campus map for parking locations. 


Enter “Hogan Campus Center” into Google Maps/GPS to get directions directly to the building.            

Hogan Center 1



Registration for the Member Retreat is $49 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available – we rely on our members to make the annual retreat a success, and we are grateful for your support! 

The registration deadline is September 6, 2024. 

Please reach out to Annie Martin at amartin@mhsa.net with any dietary restrictions or special accommodations needed. 

Cost should not be a barrier to participation. If the registration fee poses a difficulty for your organization, please contact amartin@mhsa.net. 

We hope to see you on September 17! 


About Our Featured Speaker

Ed Augustus, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities

Secretary Ed Augustus was appointed by Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey in June 2023 to lead the newly created Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities.

An experienced, results-driven executive, Augustus has spent more than 35 years in public service, building effective teams and bringing people together to have a positive impact on communities.

As the secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and  Livable Communities, Augustus leads the state’s mission to create more homes and lower housing costs for Massachusetts residents. The executive office also distributes funding for community development initiatives, oversees the state’s public housing and operates homelessness prevention and housing stabilization programs.

Before joining the Healey-Driscoll Administration, Augustus served as city manager of Worcester, where he led the state’s second-largest city through a revitalization that became known as the Worcester Renaissance. Under his administration, the gateway city saw a wave of new development, infrastructure improvements and new housing that attracted statewide attention and restored pride to residents.

As city manager, Augustus also spearheaded the $240 million landmark redevelopment of Worcester’s Canal District and Kelley Square, including leading negotiations to relocate the Boston Red Sox AAA affiliate (now the WooSox) to the city and construction of the multi-use Polar Park stadium.

Before joining the city of Worcester, Augustus served as director of Government & Community Relations for the College of Holy Cross, state senator for the 2nd Worcester District, chief of staff for Congressman Jim McGovern, and chief of staff to the assistant secretary for Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education under President Clinton’s administration