Housing Accelerator & SDG Pilot

Piloted effort to utilize the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to tackle housing insecurity.

Launched in 2019 as a pilot project, the Housing Accelerator & SDG pilot program was created to explore the use of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to address housing insecurity in the cities of Los Angeles and Nairobi. Using a collaborative approach with emerging technologies, complemented by research and stakeholder convenings, the pilot intended to identify and support promising interventions. Then, through a formal accelerator program, the city would help scale promising interventions with cross-sector mentorship, pro-bono advising, educational programming and access to government data, systems, and services.

A Housing Security Journey Map was created that explores the experiences of low-income renters navigating housing insecurity. The tool helps to inform future strategies and investments related to housing insecurity and potential opportunities for increased coordination where emerging technology and data-sharing can fill gaps.

The timing of the pilot was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and resources pivoted accordingly.

Key Impact

Created a Housing Security Journey Map

Issue Area

Homelessness & Housing


City of Los Angeles
Mayor’s Office of City Homelessness Initiatives (MOCHI)
City of Nairobi
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
California Community Foundation
Arizona State University (ASU) Thunderbird School of Global Management

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