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Housing Innovation

Housing Innovation

Disruptive Housing Models at the Winter Innovation Summit, 2019

Convened by the Sorenson Impact Center and held in Salt Lake City UT, the annual Winter Innovation Summit is the premier cross-industry event in social impact, innovation, and investing.

The 2019 Summit was the most diverse and inclusive to date with over 920 attendees, an unforgettable call to action from Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton CA, and Darren Walker president of the Ford Foundation.

Salt Lake City Corporation’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Division (HAND) sponsored two, 90 minute, Deep Dive sessions at the 2019 Summit highlighting innovations in housing affordability: Healthcare-Funded Housing Investments, and Solutions to Cost-Effective Housing Affordability.

Salt Lake City is one of the fasted growing cities in the nation, and this growth in population and employment supports a vibrant community in which many want to live and work, but it is increasingly becoming a city out of reach for many residents and workers.

To address this housing crisis, the City works diligently at the local level to be adaptable and reactive to the changes in the market, while ensuring long-term affordability. “While it is my role is to establish the priority and the path, I need the private sector to fuel innovation and market dynamics,” Salt Lake City Mayor, Jacqueline M. Biskupski.

Solutions to Effective Housing Affordability

Over the past five years housing costs have skyrocketed both in construction and rent. Such challenges demand we think outside of traditional subsidy models if we want to create long-term change. This session highlights three disruptions to housing that are making affordability possible.

  • Moderator – Mayor Jacqueline M. Biskupski, Salt Lake City
  • Panelist – Tim Swanson, Chief Design Officer, Skender
  • Panelist – John Beddow, CEO, Guerdon Modular Building
  • Panelist – Bryce Butler, Managing Partner, Access Ventures

Video of the Deep Dive

Healthcare-Funded Housing Investments

In a time when housing is scarce and where you live determines your health, industry experts are looking to fundamentally alter how they do business. In this exploratory session field and finance experts explore how recent healthcare standards create an opportunity in housing finance.

  • Moderator – John Grossman, Senior Fellow, Third Sector Capital
  • Panelist – Mikelle Moore, Senior Vice President of Community Health, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Panelist – Virginia (Gina) Foote, Director of Fund Development, Conservation Law Foundation Ventures

Video of the Deep Dive

At the 2019 Summit, Ivory Innovations also held a Deep Dive and announced the finalists for their Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability. The national innovation challenge sheds light on emerging and impactful solutions seeking to address America’s housing affordability challenges.