It is time to reinvent the way we plan, build, and finance housing for our middle class – our future home depends on it.
Cities, the nation’s engines of economic growth and prosperity, are becoming less livable and less affordable for the majority of families and workers essential to a city’s function. Essential workers – nurses, firefighters, teachers – no longer live in the communities they serve and continue to be pushed out to the brink of financial ruin and to faraway suburbs. A city with a hollowed out middle class undermines the sustainability of society.
To find our missing middle, we must dream up a new era of housing for the masses. It is time to come together and reinvent the way we plan, build, and finance housing for our middle class – our future home depends on it.
A three-stage production, including a Showcase, Programming, and a Pilot, to bring innovation home…
The Essential Housing Innovation Challenge is a three-stage collaborative innovation production to introduce 100+ new housing design proposals to deliver housing for the middle-class*…
> Faster – By-right designs for a variety of prospective infill site categories
> Cheaper – Less than $250,000 per unit in total development costs (excluding the land purchase costs)
> Better – Active community engagement throughout design and implementation process
*defined as 80-120% of Los Angeles County’s area median income
Build 130,000 new middle class housing units countywide by the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.
The ultimate goal of the Campaign is to reach and surpass Los Angeles County’s state-mandated moderate income housing production goals* by the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics – a seven-year feat that would consist of building 130k new moderate income units (almost 20k new homes per year), bringing in $40 billion in new investment, and creating thousands of stable, middle-class housing and manufacturing-sector jobs in the region.
To get there, we must first demonstrate a viable pathway forward for new moderate income housing development in Los Angeles.
– Showcase –
Propose New Housing Proposal Below
Housing Concepts Coming Soon…
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A nonprofit public benefit initiative supporting:
Everyone in between.
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