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Date: June 5th, 2023
Module selected as Finalist for Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge Powered by Wells Fargo
Pittsburgh, PA - Homebuilding company Module was selected as a finalist for the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge, led by Enterprise Community Partners with generous support from the Wells Fargo Foundation, for its “Last Mile Network” proposal. The company is one of 16 finalists selected and one of four finalists in the “Construction” focus area. The final round of the pitch competition will take place in Washington DC at the National Building Museum in Mid-October.
The expanding gap in affordable housing supply nationwide is the impetus and inspiration driving the $20 million Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge. The 2023 Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge is a three-round competition to identify and amplify innovative, implementation-ready housing affordability solutions. The competition builds off the success of the inaugural 2020 challenge, whose cohort of winners are scaling the reach and impact of their successfully executed innovations to communities nationwide. The second cycle of the challenge launched in January, inviting a range of Native, Tribal, rural, suburban, and urban entities to compete for grants of up to $3 million along with technical assistance and a robust cohort experience.
“Being selected as a finalist for the Breakthrough Challenge validates the importance of making offsite construction methodologies more accessible to communities in need of affordable housing” said CEO of Module Brian Gaudio.
If selected, Module will use the funds to advance its workforce development and manufacturing efforts in Western Pennsylvania and expand its Last Mile Network to other markets, including Baltimore, Maryland.
Module is a Pittsburgh-based homebuilding startup whose products and processes enable housing providers to deliver design-forward, high-quality, energy-efficient housing faster than traditional means. Module builds to the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready standards which puts them into the top 1% of Energy Efficient homes in the country.