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Inclusive homeownership, mobile credit scoring, an army of intermediaries, living buildings

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Bridging the homeownership divide. Pick your statistic: racial wealth disparities in the U.S. are colossal and — moral implications aside — toxic for our economy. Inclusive home ownership is the single biggest lever for overcoming the disparities. Self-Help Credit Union, the Durham, North Carolina-based community lender, has helped more than 50,000 low-income residents in

Dolphin Living raises charity bond for affordable housing after London fire

Dolphin Living has raised a bond for affordable housing in the wake of the Grenfell fire. The housing charity raised £25 million ($31.8 million) within two days of listing the bond on the London Stock Exchange. It follows the deadly fire in London’s Grenfell public housing complex that exposed the poor and sometimes dangerous living conditions

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invests in affordable housing for teachers

Mark Zuckerberg believes in “personalized learning” and wants kids to teach themselves (through software Facebook is helping develop). But teachers will have a role, too, so Zuckerberg’s LLC is making a $5 million investment in Landed to help teachers buy homes in the Bay Area’s high-priced housing market. Landed generally contributes up to half of a

Affordable housing hit by Hurricane Sandy gets $560 million climate upgrade

The Ocean Bay Apartments public housing complex in the Far Rockaways was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy five years ago. Renovation has been slow; the 24-building complex still relies on temporary boilers. Now it is the first New York City project to to tap private funding through the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program. The New York

Impact IPO in London, affordable housing for teachers, U.S.

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Readying an impact IPO on the London Stock Exchange. The prospectus for one of the world’s first publicly listed impact investment companies has a long list of risk factors that would be daunting — if they weren’t much like the risk factors for all other initial public offerings. The Impact Investment

Robo-investing in refugees, climate-resilient housing finance, alternative capital in Africa…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Dealflow: Follow the Money On World Refugee Day, OpenInvest points its robo-advisors toward refugee inclusion. OpenInvest allows investors to back publicly-listed companies that have forward-thinking policies towards refugees, including Starbucks, which has committed to hiring 10,000 refugees in the next five years, and H&M and Google, which are pledging funds for refugee aid.

Community Capital Management customizes mortgage pools for low-income women

Community Capital Management is adding a layer to its gender-lens investment approach with customized mortgage pools that provide capital exclusively to low-income female borrowers. That offers investors the opportunity to directly provide capital so women can affordably own homes. Community Capital Management, based in South Florida, manages $2.4 billion and has been making women-positive fixed income