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Affordable Housing Isn't Hopeless

Alex Busansky July 13, 2022

This panel will put a spotlight on the innovative ways the housing market is linking with other social systems to address the current crisis. Too many people believe the housing crisis is unsolvable and requires massive capital investments to make an impact. We will take the audience through the inspiring work of three innovative and ground-breaking housing initiatives that serve formerly incarcerated people (The Homecoming Project), homeless college students (Los Angeles Room and Board) and low-wealth aspiring homeowners (Frolic Communities). Each project has the potential to fundamentally improve the housing market and make it more accessible, affordable and fair.

Note: the Fireside Chat speakers will be Aishatu Yusuf (The Homecoming Project), Sam Prater (LA Room and Board), and Tamara Knox (Frolic). Michelle Boyd (Terner Housing Innovation Labs) will be the moderator.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems


Deliver Equity and Inclusion, Justice, Power and Capital

Purpose and Desired Outcome

In bringing these projects together and presenting them to the larger community, we hope to inspire action and commitment that will have a tremendous impact on the lives of people excluded by our current market.


  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Government

  • Service Providers

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameAishatu Yusuf
  • TitleVice President of Innovations
  • OrganizationImpact Justice
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameSam Prater
  • TitleFounder
  • OrganizationLos Angeles Room & Board
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTamara Knox
  • TitleCEO, Co-Founder
  • OrganizationFrolic
  • StatusInvited
  • NameMichelle Boyd (Moderator)
  • TitleChief Strategy Officer & Housing Lab Director
  • OrganizationTerner Housing Innovation Lab
  • StatusConfirmed
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