Fundamentals of Affordable Housing Finance


April 10, 2015


One Beacon Street
Boston, MA


Edward Marchant, Real Estate Advisor and Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School

The registration list for this event is full. To add your name to the waiting list, please email Kavya Sekar, the Program Coordinator, at

This training will focus on affordable housing finance fundamentals and has been designed for affordable housing development process participants with limited or no direct experience in securing and structuring subsidy, debt and/or equity financing for affordable or mixed-income rental or ownership housing developments. As such, the targeted audience includes staff who do not work directly in finance but would like to have a better general understanding of finance fundamentals along with board members, housing advocates, and/or public sector actors for whom a better understanding of affordable housing finance would be useful.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The affordable housing funding gap and the primary subsidy vehicles used to plug the gap
  • Capital cost and operating pro formas for both rental and ownership projects
  • The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, Qualified Allocation Plans and the syndication process
  • The Massachusetts OneStop Affordable Housing Finance Application.

The training will include several exercises and there will be interactive discussions for all sessions. Participants will be expected to prepare an assigned exercise and also review several assigned readings in advance of the training. 

Instructor Edward Marchant has been actively involved in the affordable housing industry with experience working at both a non-profit company (Greater Boston Community Development, Inc., now known as The Community Builders, Inc.); a for profit company (John M. Corcoran & Co); and as an independent real estate advisor with significant experience advising both developers and municipalities on Chapter 40B mixed-income developments.  Mr. Marchant has been an active real estate educator since 1980 at Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches courses on real estate development and finance fundamentals and on the development, financing and management of affordable housing. These courses are jointly listed with the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) where Mr. Marchant is a Lecturer and also teaches in several GSD Executive Education programs. A graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Business School, Mr. Marchant also serves as an active member of the Board of Directors at The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB).


Registration deadline: 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Registration fee: 

$200, $100 MACDC members, $50 students/americorps/interns

Type of event: 

MKI Training

Learning area: 

Real Estate Development