Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

Market-based solutions for affordable housing

Image courtesy of Habitat for Humanity International

A construction worker wearing a red graphic t-shirt, yellow hard hat, work gloves, and blue jeans, leaning over a wall made of concrete blocks, pulling on a string or wire connected, looking down at the task at hand. Background: sunny sky, a further-developed concrete block wall, and another worker wearing the same attire looking away from the camera at the constructed wall.

Image courtesy of Habitat for Humanity International

The Terwilliger Center’s mission

The Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, a unit of Habitat for Humanity International, works to expand low-income families’ access to innovative housing products, services, and financing. Through its ShelterTech accelerator platform, the Terwilliger Center makes entire housing markets more affordable and efficient. Since launching, the Terwilliger Center has assisted more than 27.8 million people in accessing improved housing solutions, worked with 100+ financial institutions to unlock $7.9 billion in affordable housing, and catalyzed $64 million in new business for firms serving low-income communities.

Impact in action

Employee support through pro bono consulting

Gene Monasterio, an Autodesk customer-tech training instructor in Singapore, brought her customer expertise to CUBO Modular, a ShelterTech Accelerator startup in the Philippines.

ShelterTech platform and global housing innovations

ShelterTech is expanding into new geographies thanks to support from the Autodesk Foundation, benefitting Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter.

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