Community Scholars in Affordable Housing is an innovative program designed to familiarize emerging leaders and young professionals with best practices in community development and affordable housing policy and practice in the United States.

This collaboration between the University of Miami Office of Civic and Community Engagement, the South Florida Community Development Coalition (SFCDC) and Catalyst Miami has trained 24 emerging professionals working in non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors over the last two years. The program is open to interested professionals working in non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors including development, real estate, finance, design, public administration, community and economic revitalization or related fields. Participants have the opportunity to engage with local and national experts to explore techniques and concepts in the development of affordable housing, including critical issues facing South Florida such as funding, design, special needs populations, home ownership, advocacy, markets, and engaging stakeholders. Participants acquire skills and build networks that will lead to enhanced opportunities in the field of affordable housing and community development.

We are excited to announce the members of the 3rd cohort of the Community Scholars in Affordable Housing Program! A collaboration between the University of Miami Office of Civic & Community Engagement, South Florida Community Development Coalition and Catalyst Miami. Stay tuned to learn more about the 2016 community scholars and the projects they are undertaking!

Adam Old, TransitAlliance.Miami
Alexander Rosales, Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade
Andre Shambley, TASG Development
Brett Hudson, You Start, LLC
Ernest Bellamy, Beilinson Gomez Architects
Evan Fancher, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners
Gretchen Beesing, Catalyst Miami
Jihan “Gigi” Soliman, City of Miami - Office of the City Attorney
Keith Franklin, Skyline Real Estate Group & SA+A Development
Maria Escorcia, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Ryan Shedd, City of Miami - Planning and Zoning

This year, the Community Scholars in Affordable Housing Program is made possible through the generous support of the Miami Foundation.