Important Update:

We had an overwhelming response to this learning community and it reinforces the interest and need for discussing and building capacity for community engagement leaders and anchor institutions to explore strategies in affordable housing.
At this point, to maintain the credibility of the learning community we have to close registration.  However, we are committed to recording sessions and exploring resources and additional ways we can support individuals and institutions interested in this work. Therefore we invite you sign up to receive recordings and resources that are outcomes from this offering here.

In the spring of 2024, Campus Compact will offer a six-part series about the ways higher education anchor institutions can support and contribute to the supply of affordable housing in their communities. This series is an extension of the HUD + Higher Ed Engagement Network that Campus Compact operates along with partners at Anchor Institutions Task Force (AITF), Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), and University Economic Development Association (UEDA). Members from all four organizations are welcome to participate in this learning community. 

Within the learning community, participants will be presented with various ideas and approaches for addressing, analyzing, and partnering locally to address affordable housing shortages. Specific discussions on finance and urban design will be supplemented by experts in the field, offering participants practical and real-world case studies involving recent projects illustrating the scope and methods of affordable housing development.

Participants are encouraged to attend all six sessions.  Ideal participants are higher education and health system professionals working in community engagement, community development, economic development, land planning and real estate.  Given the capacity restraints (50 people) we are asking institutions to limit representation to one or two people per campus. 


Tony Sorrentino
Associate Vice President
University of Pennsylvania
Office of the Executive Vice President


More Info Name Date Time
The Anchor Institution MovementFriday, February 9, 20242:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
Affordable Housing History and PresentFriday, March 8, 20242:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
Best Practices in Community Research TechniquesFriday, March 29, 20242:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Financing Affordable HousingFriday, April 26, 20242:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Best Practices in Community Research TechniquesFriday, May 17, 20242:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Making the Case for Affordable HousingFriday, June 7, 20242:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

Who Should Attend?

This learning community is free and open to Campus Compact members and non-members. Those working for an anchor institution in the fields of community partnerships, civic engagement, economic development, real estate operations, and/or government affairs are encouraged to attend.

Check out the Anchor Institutions and Affordable Housing recording, originally presented during the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities 2024 conference: