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November 14, 2019

The Ivory Prize with Kent Colton

There is a lot happening at the grassroots level to address housing affordability that many people don’t know about. In this episode, Steve and Corey sit down with Kent Colton, president of the Colton Housing Group, senior research fellow at JCHS and chairman of the advisory board for the Ivory Prize – an annual award recognizing ambitious, feasible and scalable solutions to housing affordability. The Ivory Prize awards innovators and provides material support for innovative projects. It also helps to identify and raise awareness for grassroots housing efforts. In this conversation, Kent highlights several of the 2019 award-winning projects, discusses lessons learned and then looks ahead to the 2020 awards.

  • Chapter 1: 0:00 - 4:30 – Background of the Ivory Prize
  • Chapter 2: 4:30 - 15:00 – Construction, design and manufactured housing
  • Chapter 3: 15:00 - 30:30 – Lessons learned from 2019 awards
  • Chapter 4: 30:30 - end – The 2020 awards

Applications for the 2020 awards are due on December 15 and can be completed on the Ivory Prize website.

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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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