Affordable Housing Education

Leadership in Affordable Housing Certificate (LAHC)

In partnership with Hamline University, the two-semester Leadership in Affordable Housing Certification Program covers the economics of affordable housing as well as the history and key political and economic issues that created the affordable housing crisis. Armed with this knowledge, you can identify opportunities and become an industry innovator.

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Leadership Affordable Housing Certificate

LAHC Course 1
Course 1 engages in an interdisciplinary exploration of the roots of the affordable housing crisis.

The next offering will begin in January 2024. The class meets bi-monthly Tuesdays from 5:30–8 p.m. and the following Wednesday from 5:30–7:30 p.m.; January 23 - May 1.

LAHC Course 2
Course 2 enhances problem-solving skills to increase students’ command of policymaking and influence across multiple entities in government, industry, and the nonprofit sectors. Through interactive case studies, students will enhance their potential for leadership in their fields.

The next offering will begin in August 2024. The class meets bi-monthly Wednesdays from 5:30–8 p.m. and the following Thursday from 5:30–7:30 p.m.; August 28 – December 5.

LAHC course overview:

Housing is critical to one’s health and wellbeing and central to the livability of neighborhoods and the economic success of cities. Yet, the United States is experiencing an affordable housing crisis. A shortage of homes for working-class and low-income families is pushing up house prices and rents, putting homeownership out of reach for many Americans and making rents so high that families have little left to cover the cost of health care, cover surprise bills, or save for retirement or a child’s postsecondary education. The affordability crunch has also intensified housing precarity.

In this course, students will engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the roots of the affordable housing crisis. They will learn the impacts of government policies on equity and affordability in the housing market and understand the successes and limitations of policies that have not fully addressed the problem. Through solutions-based scholarship and active learning, students will become problem solvers in their fields.

Scholarships are available. After registering with Hamline University, email elc@ahcinc.net for an application.

Student learning outcomes:

In this course, students will:

  • Gain knowledge of the historical origins of the current housing crisis/problems
  • Gain knowledge of the history of federal, state, and local government intervention in housing markets
  • Understand issues of equity and access in housing policies and markets
  • Identify the achievements and limitations of affordable housing policies of the past and examine emerging efforts to address the housing problem