The Kelsey pioneers disability-forward housing solutions that open doors to homes and opportunities for everyone. Our approach both develops housing in practice and advances advocacy and organizing to create market conditions where inclusive housing is the norm. We are:
- Inclusive: We center our work on the lived experience of people with disabilities as well as their families, and caregivers. Our housing developments are inclusive; so is our staff, board, consultants, and partners.
- Collaborative: Through engagement with diverse cross-sector partners, we have advanced housing development, sponsored legislation, and hosted programs with leading organizations in real estate, affordable housing, advocacy, philanthropy and disability rights.
- Relentless: We pursue our mission with a never-ending drive. In our first 18 months of operations, we secured two prime-located Bay Area sites, unlocked over $18M in funding, secured over 240 homes in our pipeline, and convened over 300 stakeholders.
- Transparent and Iterative: We’re a learning and sharing organization. While focused on the problem of the lack of inclusive housing, we’re open with different strategies, skills, tools, and models needed to solve and to share what works (and what doesn’t) transparently with others in our field.