What you'll learn

  • Learn durable and globally applicable principles, practices, and approaches to change that apply to any urban affordable housing challenge.

  • For US practitioners, get a whole new lens through which to evaluate the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), workforce, mixed-income, and hybrid tenure models such as rent-to-own or shared appreciation.

  • Discover how to adapt principles, practices, and approaches to individual contexts.

  • Draw lessons from dozens of countries around the world, developed and emerging.

  • Use a real-life, multi-part case study that demonstrates the universal aspects of affordable housing and the crucial details of its local application.

  • Master the universal fundamentals of affordable housing, and understand how they can be adapted by place, policy, and laws – enabling participants to analyze the housing models needed in their changing cities

Course description

Not only is affordable housing a challenge to deliver around the world, but it is also an escalating challenge in the United States.  All growing economies or urbanizing metropolitan areas create increased effective demand for housing, pushing up prices and rents.  This makes shortages of affordable housing a chronic problem that can be addressed only by continuous policy and program innovation. 

Meanwhile, supply restrictions such as NIMBY zoning and the complexities of urban development have opened new fissures revealing the need for workforce housing, campus-based housing, and housing plus care services.  These new pressures overtax existing resources, whether these are infrastructure, buildable land, current zoning, or available subsidies.  

This program, designed for developers, financiers, investors, urban planners, architects, government officials (national, state/ provincial, or municipal/local), and real estate professionals offers a unique look into how we can overcome persistent housing affordability challenges in the US and worldwide.

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