AHDLI is quickly becoming the foremost training and networking opportunity for affordable housing developers to address design and sustainability challenges. Enterprise convened the inaugural AHDLI in Minneapolis in the summer of 2010 and continues to host this yearly event in cities across the country. To date, AHDLI has created a strong network of 44 developer and design alumni from across the nation, all committed to improving the quality of affordable housing.
The connections made and exposure to new ideas could be the greatest outcome of the Institute. Each year, new partnerships between designers and developers emerge. The place-based developers, working deeply in their communities, have the opportunity to step out of their local and regional world. This national vantage point connects each participant to a larger network of leaders in the community development field, providing a new lens through which to evaluate their own work, garnering fresh ideas and perspectives. Each participant is encouraged to take the learnings from the Institute to advocate for design excellence, leading the way towards stronger, more vibrant communities.