2021 Webinar Series

Six Housing Innovations You Need on Your Radar

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Join us for a series of six conversations with each of the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge winners and other leading voices from the housing sector and beyond. Together in dialogue, we’ll delve into the research, policies and practices that inform and drive each of these six innovations in their respective communities and nationwide.  

From carbon-saving construction to trauma-informed resident services, our six breakthrough ideas are taking shape and gaining traction in communities across the country. Offering insights on the quest to solve the nation’s housing affordability crisis, these innovations are actively advancing racial equity, integrating technology and promoting sustainable practices to address climate challenges.

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)

Featuring Breakthrough Challenge grantee Center for NYC Neighborhoods and their winning idea, Underwriting for Good.


Enhancing Services Through a Trauma-Informed Lens
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)

Featuring Breakthrough Challenge grantee Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and their winning idea, Designing Trauma-Resilient Communities.


Re-Engineering the Affordable Housing Supply Chain
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)

Featuring Breakthrough Challenge grantee Forterra and their winning idea, Prototyping Modular Cross-Laminated Timber.


Attracting Health Care Payors to Housing Investment
June 23, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)

Featuring Breakthrough Challenge grantee Gulf Coast Housing Partnership and their winning idea, Health + Housing.


Justice Housing: Coming Home to Community
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)

First in our six-part Housing Innovations series, this webinar featured Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge grantee Impact Justice and their winning idea, The Homecoming Project.


  • Christi Smith, Enterprise Community Partners (Host)
  • Erika Anthony, Ohio Transformation Fund (Moderator)
  • Alex Busansky, Impact Justice
  • Tanisha Hines, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Terah Lawyer, Impact Justice
  • Julio Medina, Exodus Transitional Community


Pride, Power and Belonging:
Homeownership in Rural and Tribal Communities
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)

Homeownership remains the epitome of the proverbial American Dream. Yet the path to homeownership is uneven across the United States – with particular challenges in rural and tribal communities and other places where poverty persists. Often, homes are built incrementally as time and money allow, using low-quality materials that can lead to hazardous, unaffordable and sometimes crowded conditions. Join this interactive forum and learn about MiCASiTA, a homeownership innovation developed by Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge winner cdcb | come dream. come build. We’ll explore what makes this model uniquely sustainable – and what it will take to change the landscape for future homeowners in rural and tribal markets.


  • Christi Smith, Enterprise Community Partners (Host)
  • Jerry Romero, Wells Fargo (Moderator)
  • Dustin Baird, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Chrystel Cornelius, Oweesta
  • Benje Feehan, bcWORKSHOP
  • Nick Mitchell-Bennett, cdcb