Fannie Mae Calls for Ideas on Healthy Affordable Housing as part of $10 million Innovation Challenge

Oct 17, 2018

Fannie Mae recently announced a call for Ideas on Healthy Affordable Housing. The application period is open until November 1, 2018.

This Call for Ideas is part of The Innovation Challenge, a key component of Fannie Mae’s Sustainable Communities Initiative challenging public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations to reimagine affordable housing as the prescription for a healthy life.

In underserved communities, affordable housing and health outcomes of residents are inextricably linked. The Innovation Challenge, a two-year, $10 million commitment to source new ideas through entering into contracts for services by reaching outside of Fannie Mae and our traditional partners, aims to support and accelerate the development of promising solutions that serve communities in different ways.

Uncovering and exploring new ways to address our nation’s housing needs, starting with affordable homes in underserved communities, is a major step towards a healthier future.

Research shows that poor quality housing can have a direct, negative impact on a person’s health. Today, too many people are forced to make trade-offs between the affordability of their housing and the health and safety of their housing. Fannie Mae’s intent is to help people across the U.S. gain access to healthy affordable housing through initiatives like The Innovation Challenge.

In response to health risks that are worsened by the presence of toxins and molds in homes as well as inadequate accessibility features, and to spur creative solutions to support low and moderate income households, The Innovation Challenge welcomes applicants to propose ideas that respond to one or more of the following problem statements:

  • How might we use innovative technology and design to improve affordable homes to better support health, promote overall wellness, or prevent disease and illness?
  • How might we leverage finance vehicles to incentivize the creation of affordable homes that promote health and wellness?
  • How might we foster design that promotes diverse, sustainable, multigenerational affordable communities in which all individuals can remain a vibrant part of their community through every stage of life?

For more information about The Innovation Challenge and to apply, please visit Interested applicants must complete all required sections of the online application in order to apply.