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Challenge is Subject of Major Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

National Building Museum Announces Major New Exhibition Exploring How Housing Affordability Innovations Can Become Real World Solutions 

The National Building Museum will open a major new exhibition, A Better Way Home: The Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge, on October 21. The exhibition is part of Equity in the Built Environment, one of the museum’s signature series, focused on actions to promote justice in the built environment. 

A Better Way Home tells the dynamic story of the six winning teams from the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge, a three-year, $20 million initiative launched in January 2020 by Wells Fargo Foundation and national nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners

“The need for more affordable, accessible, and well-designed homes has never been greater, and that means we need to invest in bold ideas that challenge the status quo,” said Eileen Fitzgerald, head of Housing Affordability Philanthropy at Wells Fargo. “These six ventures are reshaping how we build, finance and support residents to ensure everyone has access to an affordable home where they can thrive.”   

The exhibition features the six housing innovators awarded $2.5 million each to execute their solutions in three areas: housing construction, housing finance, and resident services and support. Designed by MASS Design Group, the 1,500-square-foot exhibition tells the stories of these breakthrough ideas, the organizations leading them, and the people and communities they impact through building models and multimedia materials, including photography, illustrations and videography. 

“The Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge shows what is possible when dedicated community leaders with vision and experience have the resources and peer support to pursue and scale their ideas,” said Jacqueline Waggoner, president, Solutions Division, Enterprise Community Partners. “It is a privilege to lead the Breakthrough Challenge and support our six winning teams as they work coast to coast to create transformative change and equity through housing solutions. We are grateful to Wells Fargo for their generous support of the Challenge and honored to have this powerful story featured at the National Building Museum in collaboration with MASS Design Group.” 

Read more on the National Building Museum website.