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About The Competition
How To Participate
Form a Team
  Student Registration
  Register Your Team
  Receive Academic Credit
  Get Expenses Reimbursed
  Participate as a Developer
Participating Developers
The Proposal
Who To Contact
Affordable Housing Development Competition –
Participate As A Developer

Whether you are thinking about developing a particular site or just brainstorming about "what could be," the Affordable Housing Development Competition is a great way to explore your options. The competition also provides an opportunity to build relationships with bright, talented, graduate students — the next generation of community-based developers.

Registration for 2018 is now closed. Please think about pipeline projects for next year. The developer registration will re-open in fall 2018 for the 2019 Competition.


  • Professional-quality, comprehensive, and innovative proposals.
  • New ideas.
  • Identify potential new staff.

Responsibilities of Participating Developers

The development organization "provides" the real or hypothetical site on which the proposed development would be built. (Site control is not required!)

In addition, the development organization designates one staff member to work with the student team.

Student teams will act as "consultants" for the development organizations, so they must draw on the organizations' expertise, both as developers and community resources, as they draft their proposals. The designated staff person should be readily available to help answer any questions or concerns.

Eligible Organizations, Sites, and Proposals

Up to eight Greater Boston development organizations can participate. Eligible organizations are those with experience developing affordable housing, including nonprofit organizations, local governments, and for-profit developers. Depending on student interest, the number of teams may be increased or decreased.

Proposals can feature rehabilitation or new construction, and be for ownership or rental units. Broader community-development initiatives are encouraged.

Last year's participants represented a wide cross-section of housing developers with diverse sites. To see who participated, click here.

Who To Contact

Have further questions about what's involved in participating in the competition? Please contact Carol Marine of CHAPA or Tobi Goldberg of FHLB Boston at


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