The Housing Innovation Collaborative

The Housing Innovation Collaborative


The magnitude of the housing crisis in Los Angeles requires us to exponentially improve the way we plan, design, and build housing in our communities.

In Los Angeles County – the epicenter of the nation’s affordable housing crisis – the majority of renters cannot afford their rent, almost one million people live on the verge of homelessness, and 60,000 people are homeless on any given night. Just to sustain ourselves, we need to build over 500,000 affordable housing units and increase our current housing production by 4.5x.

While building more affordable, quality housing faces many challenges – notably rising costs, delays, and tensions – when the entire housing production ecosystem comes together to collaborate and innovate, we can implement our best and brightest solutions to overcome these challenges and build a better city in the process.

In early 2019, the leaders of Housing on Merit, a non-profit affordable housing co-developer, alongside several partnering organizations from throughout the housing and community development ecosystem formed The Housing Innovation Collaborative, the nonprofit coalition tasked with designing, organizing, and funding the place for us all to come together – The Housing Innovation Exhibition. As the world’s urban laboratory of the future, Los Angeles is the perfect place to explore new frontiers and bring innovation home.


The Housing Innovation Collaborative exists to bring people and ideas together to accelerate the production of lower-cost, higher-quality housing for everyone.  The only way we can achieve the efficiency and scale we need to overcome this housing crisis and build a better home for all of us is by coming together to learn from and support one another in the journey of incubating, scaling, and showcasing our best new housing solutions.


1) Ongoing Ideas Exploration

  • Identify new housing typologies or options and test for feasibly and impact.
    • Feasibility would be the reflection of community, government, and private and public interest in the idea, capacity and resources to take it on, and appetite for risk.
    • Impact is the determination of whether or not the idea is scalable, how effectively it meets existing housing preferences in a city, and how many households it poses to serve.

2) Housing Production Mechanism

Timeline Goals

  • By 2019 – Ideas that are thoroughly vetted in the Learning Laboratory that are both high-impact and highly feasible will be deployed as prototypes on an experimental basis throughout Southern California.
  • By 2020 – Initiatives will be brought to scale, significantly contributing to the State’s ambitious plan to make California a State with a robust supply of affordable housing.