Affordable Housing Finance Basics

LEARNING AREA: Real Estate Development
MKI Training


Laurie Gould, Viva Consulting


3 hours





This introduction to the basics of affordable housing finance will provide an overview of the main tools for financing multifamily affordable housing development and preservation.   Participants will gain hands-on experience in basic debt calculations, and will become familiar with low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC) as well as other federal, state and municipal financing sources, as well as the process and key benchmarks involved in raising and using these funds. This course will be substantially planned and delivered by Laurie Gould. 

Laurie Gould, a principal at VIVA Consulting, splits her practice between real estate finance, business and strategic planning for community development organizations, and policy research and teaching on topics related to affordable housing. Laurie has structured over $750 million in financing to develop and preserve thousands of affordable units, as well as financing for commercial space and community facilities. She has worked with all types of financing, blending public and private sources to help community developers achieve their goals.  In addition to hands-on development finance, Laurie works with organizations around the country to develop strategic and business plans that help these groups pursue their goals with clarity and efficiency.  Her practical experience informs her research on such topics as best practices in the financing and management of supportive housing and the effectiveness of PRI loans in accelerating nonprofit housing development.   

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Registration fee

Regular $80, MACDC Member $50, Student/Americorps/Intern $25