Workforce Housing Competition | Missing Middle Housing Fund
The Missing Middle Housing Fund (MMHF), a new Oregon nonprofit, stimulates the creation of new workforce housing through scalable innovations that reduce development costs. It achieves this mission, in part, by discovering, proving, and commercializing or spreading innovations anywhere in the housing production value chain.
Many innovations already exist, but since housing creation is generally hyper-local and bespoke, new ideas spread slowly, if at all. For this reason, MMHF has decided to launch its first statewide Workforce Housing Innovation (WHI) Competition to surface and test the best innovations. The competition will have 2 phases. The Request for Innovation (RFI) invites innovators and/or teams to propose their cost reduction strategies. A Review Committee of industry experts will then select the best to move on to Phase 2 in early 2022. The ultimate winners of the competition will win a cash prize, and then be asked to engage in a real-world housing delivery project later in 2022 to validate the impact their innovations can make.