The Housing Lab was initiated by the Terner Center in 2019, and now lives in an independent non-profit. Applications for the next round of ventures will open in 2021.

As one of the leading housing policy research centers, the Terner Center was often asked to advise early-stage housing ventures on issues related to the unique regulatory and financing challenges in the housing market. We realized that there was a void of support for entrepreneurs trying to solve core issues in the housing market that we were uniquely qualified to fill. We saw a potential interplay between policy research and new ideas that could help advance innovative practices.

With the above opportunity in mind, we designed a program to support ventures in scaling their products. Our ultimate goal was to create a network of companies and mentors dedicated to providing solutions to housing affordability; a place where policy researchers and government leaders could learn and find better solutions alongside leading innovators.

Although the housing crisis is a complex problem that cannot be solved by innovation alone, entrepreneurs play a key role in contributing to the solution.

Learn more about the first cohort of entrepreneurs and the next phase of the Housing Lab here.