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Homeownership Supply Innovations in a Time of Headwinds: Expanding Access to Affordable, Sustainable, and Resilient Homeownership for Households of Color

As policymakers and practitioners address the nation’s shortage of affordable housing, including housing available for affordable homeownership, they face several headwinds, such as inflationary pressures, mounting climate risks, and the potential for further economic cooling. The lack of housing supply combined with rising interest rates is pushing access to high-quality homeownership even further out of reach for many households, especially households of color. Despite these challenges, nonprofit organizations and community development financial institutions continue to innovate, leveraging new federal policy changes and investments to create new housing that addresses the supply gap, improves resilience to climate risks, and meets the unique homeownership needs of those most often denied the opportunity. 

Please join the Urban Institute and practitioners from across the country to understand the innovative ways they are addressing housing supply and affordability challenges, creating new forms of climate-resilient housing options, and leveraging federal flexibilities to overcome barriers in local contexts.


Welcome and Framing Remarks:

  • Janneke Ratcliffe, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Mercedeh Mortazavi, Vice President , Global Philanthropy,  JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Christopher Tyson, President, National Community Stabilization Trust


Presentation: Overview of Supply Challenges and Market Headwinds

  • Michael Neal, Equity Scholar and Principle Research Associate, Urban Institute


Panel: Opportunities for Alleviating the Supply Challenge for First-time Homebuyers

  • Daniel Hornung, Special Assistant to the President for Economy Policy, White House
  • Priya Jayachandran, CEO, National Housing Trust
  • Clemente Mojica, President and CEO, Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services
  • Kim Dempsey, Executive Vice President of Capital Markets, Housing Partnership Network (moderator)


Panel: Increasing Climate Resiliency to Improve Outcomes for Households of Color

  • Duanne Andrade, Executive Director, Solar and Energy Loan Fund
  • Sarah Burger, Director of Sustainability, PUSH Buffalo
  • Nick Mitchell-Bennett, Executive Director, come dream. come build.
  • Mihir Parikh, Senior Program Director, Resilience, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Andrew Rumbach, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)


Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including one booster shot, is required to attend this event in-person. Please be prepared to show proof of your vaccinations upon arrival. Masking may be required.


This event was supported by a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. For more on Urban’s funding policies, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event. 

Date & Time Friday, March 3, 2023
Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington , DC , 20024
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