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Equitable homeownership: Reducing the wealth gap through shared ownership models

by | Feb 24, 2022 | News

What was it?

Equitable homeownership: Reducing the wealth gap through shared ownership models

When was it?

February 2022


Evan Absher

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Avery Ebron

The Guild

David Kemper

Trust Neighborhoods

Laura Kohn

Mission Driven Finance

Kavya Shankar

Trust Neighborhoods

Zoe Schlag

Schmidt Futures


Camille Canon

Purpose Foundation

Derek Razo

Purpose Foundation

On February 23, Purpose hosted several aligned organizations and Emerging Fund Fellows for a webinar to showcase work and prototypes in response to this deepening crisis.

Derek Razo and Camille Canon, in addition to speakers from Trust Neighborhoods, Folks Capital, The Guild, Mission Driven Finance, and Schmidt Futures offered a master class in using various combinations of market power and community control to build up shared ownership and community wealth.

Laura Kohn, senior director of care & education, spoke on behalf of Mission Driven Finance.

Elias Crim of Ownership Matters shares this recap:

Laura Kohn presented Mission Driven Finance’s remarkable Care Access Real Estate (CARE) Investment Trust, another example of what could be described as reinventing a model by turning it upside down. Instead of funneling profits to a small number of affluent investors, this REIT shares its appreciation with a particular sector: mostly female, BIPOC, and lower-income providers of childcare services.

The latter is an underserved occupation whose workforce is often renting in poor locations with bad leases and little ability to finance their growth aspirations. By contrast, participants in the CARE Investment Trust will have a 50/50 share in the appreciation of the properties. The goal is to assist them in acquiring their properties via a down payment or a price reduction—which will also work to recycle capital for the REIT. Since most childcare providers work out of their own homes, this strategy also works to build up homeownership.

Kohn emphasized that more childcare available means more (and less stressful) workforce participation—certainly a form of community investment.

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