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The Housing Innovation Collaborative [“HICo”] is the non-profit housing-focused R+D platform showcasing and piloting new design, finance, & policy solutions to address the housing affordability crisis, from Los Angeles to the world.


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The Collaborative

 We all have a role to play in building a better home.

Housing Innovations

New and improved solutions along the entire housing production process.

The Exhibition

Planned for 2021, welcome to the world’s first innovation hub dedicated to incubating, showcasing, and implementing the next generation of housing solutions.

Display Homes

On-site open house events and tours

Community Events

Speakers, panels, & food trucks for the community


Prototypes, demonstrations, & programs


Interactive exhibits, pavilions, & community art


The magnitude of the housing crisis in Los Angeles – and communities around the world – requires us to exponentially improve the way we plan, design, and build housing in our communities.

In Los Angeles County – the epicenter of the nation’s affordable housing crisis – the majority of renters cannot afford their rent, almost one million people live on the verge of homelessness, and 60,000 people are homeless on any given night. Just to sustain ourselves, we need to build over 500,000 affordable housing units and increase our current housing production by 4.5x.

While building more affordable, quality housing faces many challenges – notably rising costs, delays, and tensions – when the entire housing production ecosystem comes together to collaborate and innovate, we can implement our best and brightest solutions to overcome these challenges and build a better city in the process.

In early 2019, the leaders of Housing on Merit, a non-profit affordable housing co-developer, alongside several partnering organizations from throughout the housing and community development ecosystem formed The Housing Innovation Collaborative, the nonprofit coalition tasked with designing, organizing, and funding the place for us all to come together – The Housing Innovation Exhibition. As the world’s urban laboratory of the future, Los Angeles is the perfect place to explore new frontiers and bring innovation home.