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AHC’s Education and Leadership Center and Hamline University's Center for Public Administration and Leadership announce enrollment is open for Course 1 and Course 2 of the Leadership in Affordable Housing Certificate (LAHC) for Fall 2021 Semester, Spring and Summer Semesters 2022.

Click HERE for enrollment and financial aid information, found on our EDUCATION Tab

Develop a solid knowledge of the economics of affordable housing as well as the key political and economic issues that created the affordable housing crisis. Then, armed with that knowledge, identify opportunities to address the issue.

The Certificate program will seek to prepare the next generation of diverse community leaders to address this ongoing problem in two courses to be offered in 2021 & 2022.

Course 1: The Affordable Housing Crisis. This course will examine impacts of government policies on equity and affordability in the housing market and will explore the successes and limitations of policies that have not fully addressed the housing crisis.

Course 2: Leadership in Affordable Housing Policy. This course will guide students in policymaking across multiple entities in government, industry, and the nonprofit sector through interactive case studies and the creation of original affordable housing policies.

The Certificate courses have been accredited through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for a total of 8 credits applied as electives to any eligible Hamline Graduate School program. Students can take courses sequentially, no need to take Course 1 prior to Course 2.

Minneapolis Inclusionary Zoning

AHC is pleased to announce that the City of Minneapolis has selected AHC as the Certifying Entity for their new Inclusionary Zoning affordable housing program!

This is one of several strategies the City has implemented to address the affordable housing crisis. It supports the affordable housing goals of Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan that took effect Jan. 1, 2020.  As the City implements new zoning consistent with Minneapolis 2040, opportunities to increase the supply of housing and create new housing options are envisioned to expand through the city. The inclusionary zoning policy ensures that affordable homes are built in exchange for increased development capacity.

The Inclusionary Housing policy applies to residential development projects with 20 or more dwelling units that file a site plan review application. It will phase in over time for smaller projects (20-49 units) and owner-occupied condo developments. Developers can comply with the policy by doing the following:

*Make 8% of the project units affordable to households with incomes at or below 60% area median income (AMI) for 20 years. 

*Make 4% of project units affordable at 30% AMI for 20 years.

*Pledge to make 20% of units affordable at 50% of AMI for 30 years – a level that would allow the developer to seek City financial assistance for the project.

The role as Certifying Entity will be a new one for AHC and we are excited to be part of implementing this pioneering initiative with our longstanding local government partner.

Facilitating Leadership for the Affordable Housing Industry. 

Lyn as Fellow of the American Academy of Housing and Communities.

Visit the Community Trailblazer website to hear Lyn discuss her historical experiences in housing and plan to "pay it forward" by partnering with Hamline University Graduate School of Business to design and teach leadership in out industry.

COVID-19 & Dealing With Staff Anxiety First!

Lyn Burton, speaks on COVID-19 and Dealing With "Staff Anxiety First."  Please click here for further information and access to the Women's Radio Network.

For information about COVID, please see COVID-19 resource links and/or AHC Newsletters.

02-26-2020: Utility Allowance Method Change Request

 In conjunction with Suballocators and Minnesota Housing, AHC has established a protocol for reviewing Owner requests to change the utility allowance methodology from the utility allowance published by the local PHA to other methods allowed by program regulations.  

Please see the UA Method Change Request Process (below) for instructions on how to submit the request as well as the documents required for submission.

Due to the additional staff time required to process these requests, a separate fee will be charged to Owners for the reviews.

AHC Review Process UA Method Change Requests

AHC UA Certification


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Our Mission

We deliver monitoring and consulting services to governmental organizations, property owners and managers; and education to individuals who aspire to leadership in the affordable housing industry. Our aim is to protect the investment of private equity and tax dollars and to ensure continued quality affordable rental housing.

COVID-19 Resource Links

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

File Documentation to Obtain HTC 2020-2021 AR

HUD's COVID-19 Q&A for Multifamily (8-09-2021)

HUD's Eviction Prevention for At-Risk Tenants: A Message to HUD Program Grantees (08-07-20)

PDF Free or Low Cost Internet Services Publication

CARES Act Income Inclusions & Exclusions Table

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