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August 21, 2019

Construction and Development with Andrea Ponsor and Adam Cohen

There’s been growing attention across the industry on the shortage of affordable workforce housing. To increase supply, new units will need to be constructed, but this is a complex issue. This podcast focuses on innovative construction methods such as modular and manufactured housing, and how these can help close the supply gap. Steve and Corey sit down with Andrea Ponsor and Adam Cohen from Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) and discuss their recent research.

To learn more about these topics, check out a recent report that SAHF prepared for BRIDGE Housing titled Faster, Better, More: Promising Construction and Technology Approaches for Accelerated and Efficient Affordable Housing Development.

  • 0:00 - 5:24 – Background and key factors: Land, materials, labor and regulation
  • 5:24 - 20:20 – Innovative construction methods and labor
  • 20:20 - 24:50 – Offsite construction
  • 24:50 - 32:42 – Construction materials, cost savings and demand
  • 32:42 - 35:47 – Streamlining with localities

Listen to other episodes in the series.


This podcast is for informational purposes, and is not advocacy, legal interpretation, nor a statement of policy. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Freddie Mac unless explicitly stated. The views expressed by guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by Freddie Mac employees are those of the employees and do not necessarily reflect the view of Freddie Mac or any of its officials.

About the Podcast Hosts

Steve Guggenmos

Steve Guggenmos
VP Research & Modeling

Steve leads multifamily research at Freddie Mac. In this role he performs research related to national and market-specific multifamily conditions. His team supports the multifamily business by developing models and quantitative approaches that determine risk-based capital allocations. The models capture loan level risks and also the benefits of the diversification and structural credit support for pools of multifamily mortgages, supporting the core business strategies of Freddie Mac Multifamily.

Corey Aber

Corey Aber
Senior Director of Mission, Policy and Strategy

Corey is the Senior Director of Mission, Policy and Strategy at Freddie Mac Multifamily. In this role, he oversees our Duty to Serve initiatives as well as research and development activities that further our support for affordable housing and underserved markets nationwide.

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