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Accelerating the Impact of Housing by Putting Creative Capital to Work

Emilie Dang July 13, 2022

Affordable housing has reached crisis levels even before the pandemic. Our ability to develop more housing has never been more urgent. Nonprofit developers rely on public funds to develop new or preserve housing projects.  The current oversubscribed public financing ecosystem is very costly and often takes each housing project more than five years and five financing sources to complete.

The Housing Innovation Fund—the HIFund represents a paradigm shift from the well-meaning, but inefficient, red tape burdened traditional public structure. Instead, it prioritizes performance, impact, certainty, mixed-income, and mixed-use development, and shifts our thought leadership to innovation, creativity, and iteration that focuses on long-term solutions.  It’s an innovative approach to housing and community development by raising private capital to accelerate the acquisition, construction, and delivery of catalytic and comprehensive developments for low- to moderate-income households while encouraging and equipping residents to transform their lives and neighborhoods, providing mission-driven returns.



Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems


affordable housing

Purpose and Desired Outcome

. PURPOSE: a. Deliver high-quality permanent housing units for low- and moderate-income people faster and more cost-effectively than with conventional public system b. Create a catalytic, replicable and scalable model for housing and community revitalization c. Address complex housing challenges utilizing new technology and strategic partnerships


  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Asset Managers

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME


  • NameSherri Franklin
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationUrban Design Center
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameRochelle Mills
  • TitlePresident & CEO
  • OrganizationInnovative Housing Opportunities, Inc.
  • StatusConfirmed
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