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Breakthrough Challenge Winner Impact Justice Named to Housing Lab Cohort

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Impact Justice’s Homecoming Project – one of the six Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge innovations – was recently selected for the 2021 Housing Lab Cohort, a program of the nonprofit Terner Housing Innovation Labs.

The Housing Lab’s six-month program selects and accelerates a cohort of organizations that demonstrate creative models to lower housing costs and eliminate systemic racial and economic barriers to housing equity. This year’s cohort, selected from nearly 160 applicants, represents some of the most promising models to address racial inequity in access to housing stability and wealth generation, shift living and working models that have changed during the pandemic, and integrate with other economic recovery strategies.

The Homecoming Project matches formerly incarcerated individuals with welcoming hosts to provide participants with immediate, stable housing. After an involved matching process that takes into consideration both parties’ needs and habits, participants stay with their hosts for six months and hosts receive a daily stipend of $25. This model bridges both a gap in services and also bridges a social divide.

“The work we do at The Housing Lab has never been more urgent,” says Carol Galante, Board Chair at Terner Labs and Co-Founder of The Housing Lab. “The economic fallout from the pandemic has exposed and dramatically exacerbated inequalities in wealth creation and housing security for tens of millions of families. We need bold new solutions that challenge how we think about housing in the United States - which is exactly why we created The Housing Lab in the first place.”

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