CONVERGENCE: Bringing Together All That’s Needed for Housing Affordability

CONVERGENCE is driving collective action with lenders, other industry participants and government partners to facilitate new solutions to our nation's rental and housing affordability challenges. By using a cohesive approach, CONVERGENCE promotes more sustainable, affordable homes for purchase and rental for underserved people and communities, especially minorities and low-to-moderate-income Americans.

Member Tools on Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing Policy Agenda

Download our Affordable Housing Policy Agenda paperThis agenda identifies policies that can be implemented by regulatory and legislative action at the federal, state, and local levels to help promote housing affordability across a wide range of incomes and across both rental housing and homeownership. Recognizing that the issues underlying our nation's housing affordability challenges are constantly evolving, this Policy Agenda will be modified as circumstances and priorities change. Download the agenda.

Measuring Housing Affordability

This extensive presentation includes historical and current statistics, at the state and national levels, on financial access, housing cost burdens, borrower income, housing availability and other obstacles for lower-income borrowers. Download the research presentation deck here

Pilot-Based Programs

MBA is helping by developing stronger and more effective affordable housing partnerships in both the policy and business arenas and co-hosting events in cities ripe with market opportunity. CONVERGENCE Memphis and CONVERGENCE Columbus are one-day interactive forums, with an invested interest to help close the homeownership gap in underserved populations. Non-profits, public officials and industry stakeholders will come together to discuss scaling opportunities, identifying barriers and gaps for homeownership, and charting their potential solutions.

News About CONVERGENCE

Solving This Together

Steve O'Connor"Housing affordability is an issue facing millions of Americans, both those who rent and those who want to buy a home. There is no easy solution. The only way we are going to solve this is by getting lenders together with policymakers, consumer advocates, community leaders, and other stakeholders, and using our collective knowledge and experience to find the answers."

Steve O'Connor, MBA's Senior Vice President for Affordable Housing Initiatives 

Contact Us

Interested in partnering with us or want more information? Contact affordablehousing@mba.org.