2022 Cohort applications are closed.

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Apply to the Housing Lab

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We are looking for innovators with bold new ideas to make housing more affordable and fair. In 2022, we added focus on sustainability. To learn more about what we're looking for, read our areas of interest for 2022.

Applications for the next cohort will open Winter/Spring 2023

The program typically runs from August - January. Programming is primarily virtual with an in-person fall retreat in California and a winter event with industry leaders and policymakers.

Want to learn more? Read the press release or watch a recording of our applicant webinar.

You can meet our 2022 cohort here!

What do ventures get?

A seed grant

An investment in product development and growth

A dedicated coach

Weekly virtual advising from an expert in policy & business strategy in the housing market

Capital markets advice

Support refining the venture’s financial structure and fundraising approach

Network access

Connections to builders, policy makers, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs

Application process

Determine if you are eligible.

1.
We work best with organizations that have already started to prove their innovation and are ready to grow. For more information on our selection criteria,

Submit an application

2.
Our first round application is just 10 questions. Applications for the 2022 cohort are closed.

Diligence

3.
A subset of applicants will be invited to submit a secondary application with details on finances and growth plans. Top applicants will then participate in additional diligence.

Join the Cohort

4.
Our 2022 cohort will run from August 2022 to January 2023.

$340 million raised

by Housing Lab ventures since they joined the Lab - an average 20x increase in external funding.

23,000 lives improved

with more stable, affordable housing or wealth building with Housing Lab ventures.

15+ years of partnerships

between Housing Lab ventures and federal and state governments to bring ventures' work to scale.

How we evaluate applicants

Our program team and selection committee analyze companies with a holistic lens. Factors we consider include:

  • The inventiveness & fit of the idea: How new and creative is the core concept, and how well does it fit today’s housing challenges? Can it create transformational outcomes for housing affordability and equity?
  • Strength of core product and business model: Do the core elements of the organization’s product or service work? Are the barriers the organization may face in the regulatory landscape overcomeable? Is there a path to long-term profitability and/or an ability to attract the outside investment needed to grow?
  • Potential for national influence: Could this concept make housing or homeownership more accessible on a national level, either by growing nationally or by creating a model that is replicable by others in their communities?
  • Strength of the leadership team and key staff: Does the core team have the skills necessary for success? Can they attract additional talent to help them grow? 
  • Program fit: Will the Housing Lab’s support help catapult the venture to the next phase of growth?

We believe housing inequality disproportionately hurts the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people. We believe these communities must be centered in the work we do and strongly encourage applications from organizations led by individuals with these identities or members of other marginalized communities.

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