Community Scholars in Affordable Housing is an innovative new 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.

The program draws on the success of the Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network workshop series and its “Community of Practice” model as well as the networks and knowledge base of the South Florida Community Development Coalition.  It is coordinated by the University of Miami‚Äôs Office of Civic and Community Engagement and its Focus on Affordable Housing Initiative. The Community of Practice will be facilitated by Catalyst Miami. Beginning in January 2014 participants will 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 will acquire skills and build networks that will lead to enhanced opportunities in the field of affordable housing and community development.

Congratulations to our first cohort!

(Back row, from left)
Darnell Roberts, Florida New Majority
Stephanye Johnson, Trinity Empowerment Consortium, Inc.
Rickelle Williams, Housing Finance Authority of Miami-Dade
Malik Benjamin, FIU College of Architecture and the Arts
Aleta McDaniel, Greater Miami Fuller Center for Housing
LaTonda James, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida
Dan Espino, Weiss, Serota, Helfman, Pastoriza, Cole & Boniske
Jorge Damien de la Paz, Miami Coalition for the Homeless
(Front row, left to right)
Rosa Llaguno, Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Karen Hamilton, South Florida Regional Planning Council
Evian L. White, Legal Services of Greater Miami
Jasmine Baldwin, Opa-locka Community Development Corporation
Not pictured: Bruno Lopes, Miami Association of Realtors

In partnership with
South Florida Community Development Coalition logo
Leonard Turkel Non-profit Network logo


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