Social Impact Housing Collaboratives

The Problem

The lack of affordable housing continues to be a challenge across the country. At the same time, traditional methods of developing affordable housing stock cannot keep up with the need. 

In New York City, increasing numbers of homeless families resulted in a massive expansion of the extensive family shelter system over the past few years.

In Los Angeles County, shelters cannot accommodate the numbers of homeless families seeking assistance. As a result, many are forced to live in often substandard motel rooms for up to a year or more. At the same time, homeless encampments have spread throughout the county.

Communities in almost every state are beginning to either ban people from living in vans, motor homes, or cars or providing “safe parking” lots for overnight stays. We cannot “build ourselves out of this mess.” There is more that can be done.

A Solution: Social Impact Real Estate Investment Collaboratives  

In Los Angeles, we are convening a coalition of non-traditional stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to facilitate the development and management of affordable rental housing units through the adaptive re-use of primarily existing single family homes. The target areas will include Opportunity Zones in low-income residential neighborhoods of Los Angeles. We believe that smaller rental units can be developed quickly and cost-effectively in this way and that every new unit is a win. We believe that everyone can become involved!

Forbes Community Voice – Mar 19, 2019

Opportunity Zones: The Antidote To Los Angeles’ Housing Crisis


Written by Ridaa Murad – Forbes Real Estate Council – Founder of BREAKFORM | RE. Co-Founder of BEDROCK | Group.

It’s no secret that there is an affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles, and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better. To help paint the picture, let’s explore a few key statistics regarding the state of the city’s housing needs.

According to a report from the California Housing Partnership and the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing, Los Angeles County has a major affordable housing shortfall, with approximately 600,000 new units needed to satisfy the immediate demand from the lower-income rental market.

A Los Angeles Times article published last year reported that the “state will need anywhere from 1.8 million to 3.5 million new homes by 2025 to absorb existing demand and future population growth.”

The solution is simple, right? Just build more homes.

Well, it’s not that easy, as the same article mentioned the current construction pace was 80,000 new homes per year in California, which is 100,000 less than what is needed to satisfy even the lowest estimated needs. While this problem does impact the middle class, it’s the lower-income set that is bearing the brunt of this shortage…..

To continue reading:  Opportunity Zones – Antidote to the Housing Crisis 


Understanding that there currently exist major challenges, including NIMBYism and zoning restrictions, these examples are not only cost-effective solutions to addressing the affordability crisis, but could also be ready for occupancy within six months to a year of acquisition. Although rezoning would generally be required for single-family properties, the current crisis requires immediate action to overcome the challenges in order to expand the rental housing stock in communities across the country.

5 New Rental Units: Duplex units below (each 2-bedroom) could be remodeled into 4 studio apartments with 2-bedroom accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in backyard. Two rental units have now become five.  

6 New Rental Units: In the example below, a 3-bedroom, 2-bath single-family home could be remodeled into one studio apartment, two 1-bedroom apartments, and a 2-bedroom apartment, with an ADU in backyard and a studio apartment in the two-car garage.  


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