Jennifer Litwak

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San Diego, CA—As the co-founder and Executive Director ofHousing on Merit, Jennifer Litwak has managed the closing of over$322 million in multifamily acquisitions and overseen thedevelopment, preservation and renovation of over 2,700 units ofaffordable housing nationwide.

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"I'm intrigued by affordable housing because I fundamentallybelieve that every person deserves a safe, affordable place to callhome, hence the creation of Housing on Merit."

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Current data reflects approximately 38 million householdsnationwide — 31.5% of all households — are paying more than 30% oftheir incomes on housing. That equates to approximately 20.5million renters and 17.3 million homeowners. The country isexperiencing a significant lack of affordable housing due to risingrents while high home prices are undercutting slow gains inincome.

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In co-founding Housing on Merit, Litwak says she feels"incredibly grateful to have been surrounded in my career by menthat have always viewed my seat at the table as an equal. There aremany companies or "tables" out there where this may not be the casebut I've never wanted to spend any significant time in that type ofprofessional environment," Litwak continues. "Rather, I prefer tospend my time among the thought leaders, entrepreneurs, andinnovators that are thinking far beyond gender."

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Litwak is fascinated in exploring and answering the question,'how do we build ourselves out of this housing affordabilitycrisis?'

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"About a year ago, we hired a Director of Housing Innovation toanswer this exact question. Through our initiative, the HousingInnovation Collaborative, we're bringing together the housingproduction eco-system in order to implement new innovative housingsolutions," says Litwak.

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