SDG11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

These social entrepreneurs are achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Housing Affordability Through Small Homes, with Nichol Beckstrand, YardHomes Minnesota

Nichol Beckstrand, YardHomes Minnesota YardHomes Minnesota uses a prefabrication approach and an innovative financing model to create affordable housing. YardHomes Minnesota is creating housing affordability by building and maintaining accessory dwelling units (ADUs). “We are a startup that focuses on delivering ADUs in Minnesota as a method of housing,” Nichol Beckstrand explains. “ADUs are tiny houses designed to be permanent living spaces. The problem we set out to solve is housing affordability.” Under its Y-HELP program, YardHomes installs an ADU on an existing residential property owned by a partner. YardHomes holds and manages the ADU for ten years, offering it as an affordable rental unit for low-income tenants. Each month,…

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A Safe Space in Times of Crisis, with Katherine Woo,

Katherine Woo, to support emergency response around the world. Natural disasters are on the rise. Climate change has accelerated wildfires and hurricanes. Healthcare workers are responding to the global pandemic. People find themselves displaced without warning. Who better to provide a safe place to stay than Airbnb and their global network of hosts? To respond to the need for safe housing during disaster, Airbnb has launched is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis. The inspiration for began in 2012 with a single host named Shell who opened her home to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy….

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