Elevating creative solutions to the housing crisis

The Housing Lab identifies and accelerates early-stage ventures that help make housing more affordable and fair.
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What we do

Invest in innovation

Each year we provide seed grants to a small cohort of the most promising early-stage business and nonprofit housing innovations in the US.

Intensive strategic advising

Selected organizations get six months of weekly support in navigating the policy & regulatory landscape, structuring their capital, and building their organization for long-term impact.

Build community & collaboration

We help our entrepreneurs work closely with government, housing industry leaders, investors and each other to influence housing affordability and equity on a national scale.
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$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.

Ventures should be ready for growth

Applicants should have a core team in place. The model should be well-thought-out and have been tested with promising results. The team should know the main opportunities and constraints their business faces.

Many types of organizations are welcome

Ventures may be part of an existing organization or a new start-up. Ventures may be nonprofits or for-profit models.

All applicants must have a strong commitment to addressing racial and economic inequity

This must either be a primary goal of the organization’s innovation and/or be integrated into the organization’s strategy and operations.

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