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 Civic and Community Engagement and School of Education and Human Development, the South Florida Community Development Coalition and Catalyst Miami has trained 24 emerging professionals working in non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors over the last two years. 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. Through collaborating with a select cohort of peers, participants acquire skills and build networks that will lead to enhanced opportunities in the field of affordable housing and community development.

Meet our 2015 cohort!

Claudia Villalta, Florida International University Metropolitan Center
Craig Emmanuel, Commercial Realty Advisors & Investment Group
Darren Liddell, Prosperity Campaign Catalyst Miami
Gonzalo Vizcardo, Emphaysis Software
Lissette Cantillo, BankUnited
Luis R Canales, ED Rafael Hernandez Housing
Lynda Charles, Little Haiti Housing Association
Santiago Cely, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida
Scarlett Montenegro, Miami Children’s Initiative
Sean Rowley, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
Xavier Vega, Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA

Join us for our presentations of final projects on June 12, details TBA. 

The Community Scholars in Affordable Housing Program is made possible through the generous support of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.