Pro-Housing Leadership Certification Course

Pro-Housing Leadership Certification Course

Course Description

Abundant Housing LA is proud to collaborate with experts in land use, real estate development, and architecture to offer our pro-housing leadership training, a 12-class boot camp on housing. Students will gain practical skills and real-world knowledge on various aspects of housing development, from parcel to approval, to construction, through a pro-housing lens. These skills will provide on-the-ground knowledge for anyone looking to enter or continue a career in public policy, housing development, land use, architecture and more.

Revenue generated from this program will help advance AHLA’s mission to build the movement to House LA. Specifically, your dollars go to free services such as project advocacy, online advocacy tools, educational training, and community power-building through housing. You can read more about our work and mission on our website.

AHLA offers full scholarships and generous need-based discounts to promote diversity and inclusion in housing-related fields.

AHLA Housing Advocates Council 50% off
Students 75% off
Rent-Burdened 75% off
Scholarship 100% off

If you would like to discuss discounts or receive one of the discount codes for the categories listed above, please send an email to

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Course Session List

Module 1: Development/Land Use

  1. September 5, 2023 6:00 PM
    Housing Accountability Act: Getting Your Project Approved – Chris Elmendorf
  2. September 6, 2023 6:00 PM
    Navigating Local Entitlement Process – Josh Guyer & Jonathan Lonner
  3. September 13, 2023 6:00 PM
    Introduction to Affordable Housing Real Estate Development – Walter Maynard
  4. September 20, 2023 6:00 PM
    Economic model of development, and intro to how to build a project from a developer’s perspective – Tara Barauskas

Module 2: Equity in Policy

  1. September 28, 2023 6:00 PM
    Equity & Racial Justice – Joshua Gonzales
  2. October 5, 2023 6:00 PM
    Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing – Stephen Menendian
  3. October 11, 2023 6:00 PM
    Tenants Rights and Discrimination – Natalya Zernitskaya
  4. October 19, 2023 12:00 PM
    Demystifying Affordable Housing Development Finance – Ben Creed

Module 3: Architecture

  1. October 25, 2023 6:00 PM
    Architectural Technology and New Building Techniques – Ives Brown
  2. November 1, 2023 6:00 PM
    Affordable Housing Design – Don E. Empakeris
  3. November 8, 2023 6:00 PM
    Urban Design & TOD – Scott Epstein
  4. November 13, 2023 6:00 PM
    Historical Landmarks – Pam O’Connor

Full Course Cost: $900

This course has added so much to my knowledge and skills by providing a clear I breakdown and explanation of the various topics discussed…. I believe that if young people are offered these [AHLA] courses to study it would also encourage students to have even more pride and concern for their cities and neighborhoods”
– Brandy G. 2022 Cohort

Topics Covered

  1. Housing Accountability Act
  2. Navigating Local Entitlement Processes
  3. Introduction to Affordable Housing Real Estate Development
  4. Economic Model of Development
  5. Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
  6. Tenants’ Rights Intro
  7. Equity and Racial Justice
  8. Affordable Housing Development Finance
  9. Architecture 101
  10. Affordable Housing Design
  11. Transit-Oriented-Development
  12. Historical Landmarks

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