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.

We are recruiting our second cohort for this “Community of Practice” developed by the University of Miami Civic and Community Engagement and School of Education and Human Development, the South Florida Community Development Coalition and Catalyst Miami. Beginning in January 2015 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.

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. Sessions will begin in January and go through June 2015.

January TBA: Kick-off public event
January 23: Building the Community of Practice
February 6: Basics and Development of Affordable Housing
February 20: Housing Problems in Context
March 6: For-profits in Development
March 20: Thinking through the systems
April 3: Non-profits in Development
April 17: Addressing Regional Challenges
May 1: Special Needs Issues
May 15: Developing Solutions
May 29: Funding and Advocacy
June 12: Final Presentations

We hope you will help us spread the word and recruit our second cohort for this exciting opportunity! Applications are due November 14. Please download the application here, and if you have any questions please contact

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