Community

About The Home Project

Addressing Housing Insecurity
The Home Project is Zillow Group’s signature social impact program that aims to address challenges around housing insecurity. Our goal is to support individuals and families who are often just one paycheck, one medical event or one unexpected expense away from homelessness. We envision a world where everyone—regardless of economic circumstance—has access to the resources that can help them find a place to call home.

Our Pledge
We are pledging up to $5 million in cash and in-kind contributions over the next five years to support vulnerable families.

Community Partnerships
Zillow Group is partnering with a local nonprofit in each city where we have offices. These Community Partners are doing important work to support people who are experiencing housing insecurity and are vulnerable to falling into homelessness.

To date, we have identified partners in Seattle, New York, San Francisco and Irvine. We expect to develop partnerships in the rest of our offices in 2018. Community Partners receive a $25,000 philanthropic contribution from Zillow Group as well as in-kind company resources.

Neighborhood Ambassadors
Zillow Group employees are passionate about giving back to the communities where we live and work. Through our Neighborhood Ambassadors program, employees can nominate a nonprofit that aligns with The Home Project to receive a $2,000 contribution and coordinate a volunteer project. Six are selected from across all our offices each quarter.

In-Kind Services and Product Contributions
Zillow Group is uniquely positioned to assist consumers and non-profit organizations as they navigate issues around housing insecurity. Our talent, data and resources are helping people find their way home, and we are excited to find ways to share these in-kind contributions with the greater community.

As part of our pledge, we are leveraging various aspects of our business — from product development, to economic research, to public affairs and marketing support — to raise awareness about housing insecurity and create solutions to address the unique needs of our Community Partners and those who are housing vulnerable.

One great example is Zillow Hack Week and Trulia Innovation Week. Zillow Group product teams set aside their regular, day to day responsibilities and use that time to develop innovative solutions and products outside of their realm. Prizes are awarded to teams who create solutions that have a positive social impact. Our employees are eager to help conceptualize, design and create solutions that can solve problems facing our communities, especially housing insecurity.

Get in Touch
We are always excited to hear from people in our community. If you would like to get in touch with The Home Project team at Zillow Group to share ideas, make a connection, extend an invitation or just get to know us a little better, please email us at homeproject@zillowgroup.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Home Project Team

 

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Community Partners

Community Partners are one way Zillow Group is making a meaningful commitment to help address the unique housing needs of some of the most vulnerable and underserved members of our communities.

As part of The Home Project, Zillow Group is partnering with a nonprofit in each of the cities where we have offices (and three nonprofits in our headquarter city of Seattle). Our Community Partners are non-profit organizations whose missions align with The Home Project. Each Community Partner receives $25,000 in cash as well as in-kind contributions that range from employee volunteer time to product development to donated ad slots and more.

Below is a list of our Community Partners in Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Irvine, Cincinnati, Denver, Lincoln and Vancouver. 

National

Covenant House is a national nonprofit organization that has been helping homeless and trafficked teenagers, young adults, and single moms with kids get shelter and support across the country for more than 40 years. They help thousands of homeless and youth victims of trafficking make the challenging transition to self-sufficiency, protecting and advocating for one of the most vulnerable populations.

The organization also works to raise awareness in innovative and thoughtful ways. Have you ever slept outside on the street for a night? Covenant House invites anyone to experience what it’s like, while raising awareness and support for homeless youth through an inspired program called Sleep Out America (#SleepOutAmerica) where for one night, you can make a difference for homeless youth in your area by raising funds and sleeping outside in solidarity.

We are excited to partner with Covenant House and look forward to deepening our partnership in 2018.

 

Seattle

Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) opened its doors in 1979 as an emergency shelter, a place for vulnerable adults living with behavioral health disorders and chronic homelessness to come in out of the cold for the night. Today their mission is not merely to offer shelter, but to end the homelessness of our community’s most vulnerable people through an integrated array of clinical services and supportive housing that allows men and women to reclaim their lives and reach their highest potential.

Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children and families in emergency situations. The organization empowers families to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Mary’s Place helps keep struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help them find housing and employment. They inspire the community to support homeless women, children and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy. We look forward to working with Mary’s Place.
Seattle Housing Authority’s mission is to enhance the Seattle community by creating and sustaining decent, safe and affordable living environments that foster stability and self-sufficiency for people with low incomes. Our partnership with SHA will be in collaboration with a pilot program in Seattle to supplement housing vouchers to get families into better neighborhoods so that their children can experience more long-term success.

New York City

Women in Need (Win) has provided safe housing, critical services, and groundbreaking programs to help homeless women and their children rebuild their lives in New York City for more than 33 years. In the past year, Win served close to 10,000 homeless people — including nearly 6,000 children — and helped more than 800 families transition out of shelter into homes of their own. Win is working closely with Zillow Group’s StreetEasy brand office in NYC to identify and implement ways that Zillow Group can help with their important work.

Irvine

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Their mission is to bring people together to build homes, community and hope. We are excited to be working with Habitat and Zillow Group employees in Irvine to fund and volunteer in the building of new homes for those in need in the Orange County area.

San Francisco

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) provides affordable housing and services for low-income people in the Tenderloin and throughout San Francisco to promote equitable access to opportunity and resources. We look forward to working with TNDC and Zillow Group employees in San Francisco to help our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet with community programs and permanently affordable homes.

Cincinnati

Over-the-Rhine Community Housing (OTRCH) is a non-profit community development organization that provides a wide spectrum of affordable and supportive housing options with life-changing programs that help low-income residents in Over-the-Rhine succeed, For over four decades, OTRCH has never wavered from its commitment to:

  1. Build a sustainable, diverse neighborhood that values and benefits low-income residents.
  2. Create and inclusive community in this evolving historic district.
  3. Advocate on behalf of its residents.

To meet this mission, OTRCH has restored 86 properties (410 housing units) and assembled a broad mix of 20+ service providers/agency partners and 800 volunteers to ensure that residents receive affordable housing along with access to health care, job services, education, faith-based services and community associations that strengthen their ability to succeed.

Denver

HomeAid Colorado is an integral part of the fight to end homelessness in Colorado. Their mission is to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. For more than a decade, they have developed, built and maintained homes, apartments, facilities and shelters to give Colorado’s homeless a place to call home and opportunity to build second chances.

Lincoln

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach is non-profit organization with a vision to defeat hunger and homelessness and restore hope. The organization serves the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Lincoln’s working poor and homeless through outreach, advocacy, education and the provision of food and shelter.

Atlanta

Covenant House Georgia (CHGA) opens doors for homeless and trafficked youth in Atlanta, providing unconditional love and comprehensive support so that youth can and will realize their fullest potential. Services include street outreach, a community service center, a crisis shelter, educational programs including job readiness and life readiness, and health care services.

Vancouver

Covenant House Vancouver provides love and hope to Vancouver’s homeless and at-risk youth. The nonprofit helps youth aged 16 to 24 who have fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse; those who have been forced from their homes; and those who have aged out of foster care.

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Neighborhood Ambassadors

Through our Neighborhood Ambassadors program, employees can nominate a nonprofit that aligns with The Home Project to receive a $2,000 contribution and coordinate a volunteer project.

Each quarter we select six nonprofits across the country to receive these funds and Zillow Group employee volunteer support. Below are the local nonprofits we supported through the Neighborhood Ambassadors program in 2017.

 

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The Home Project in the News

Zillow Group Donates $100K to Covenant House

December 6, 2017, Zillow Group Blog

This holiday season, Zillow Group is pleased to announce The Home Project is making a $100,000 donation on behalf of Zillow Group employees to Covenant House, a national nonprofit organization that has been helping homeless and trafficked teenagers, young adults and single moms with kids receive shelter and support across the country for more than 40 years.


Taking on the Growing Housing Insecurity Crisis with Zillow Groups The Home Project

November 20, 2017, Washington Technology

Racquel Russell, Senior Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Zillow Group, shares details about The Home Project and perspective Zillow has provided policymakers and leaders via economic analyses, including one showing a five percent increase in rent means around 250 more people will become homeless in Seattle–and in cities like LA and New York, that number is in the thousands.


Zillow pledges $5 million to combat homelessness

October 27, 2017, King5 News

Seattle’s local NBC News affiliate, KING5 News, interviews Jennifer Butler, Government Relations and Community Engagement Manager at Zillow Group, on the launch of The Home Project. “As a technology company in the real estate space, we are uniquely positioned to address this issue. We come to work every day helping people find a home and we want to make sure we’re helping everyone find a home.”


Zillow takes on housing worries with $5M pledge to The Home Project, its first social impact program

October 26, 2017, GeekWire

“Zillow Group is leveraging its position as a leading real estate technology company to try to do something about the insecurity some people feel about their ability to stay in their homes as costs rise and income don’t across the country.”


Zillow Group pledges $5M to help those on verge of homelessness

October 26, 2017, Inman

Amy Bohutinsky, Chief Operating Officer at Zillow Group, talks about The Home Project: “At Zillow Group, our mission every day is to help millions of Americans find the place they call home, and we are uniquely positioned to understand the challenges some face and impact their housing outcomes. Focusing on housing security is a natural extension of our work, and we will tackle it with all the resources we have to offer.”


Zillow Group Pledges $5 Million in Launch of The Home Project to Address Housing Insecurity

October 26,2017, Press Release

Zillow Group is pleased to announce a pledge of $5 million in cash and in-kind contributions over the next five years to address housing insecurity as part of the company’s first social impact program, The Home Project.

 

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Research

As part of our pledge, The Home Project is leveraging various aspects of Zillow Group’s business—including economic research—to raise awareness about housing insecurity and create solutions to address the unique needs of our Community Partners and those who are housing vulnerable.

Zillow Group’s economists and data analysts are eager to help uncover solutions that can solve problems facing our communities, especially housing insecurity. Here are examples of recent research Zillow Group has published related to housing affordability, housing insecurity and homelessness:

Zillow Economic Research:

Trulia Economic Research:

StreetEasy Economic Research:

 

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In-Kind Services and Product Contributions

Zillow Group is uniquely positioned to assist consumers and nonprofits as they navigate issues around housing insecurity. Our talent, data and resources are helping people find their way home, and we are excited to find ways to share these in-kind contributions with the greater community.

As part of our pledge, we are leveraging various aspects of our business — from product development, to economic research, to public affairs and marketing support — to raise awareness about housing insecurity and create solutions to address the unique needs of our Community Partners and those who are housing vulnerable.

Hack Week and Innovation Week are a great example. A few times a year, Zillow Group employees get to work on whatever they want as long as it relates to the company’s mission. As part of The Home Project, there is an internal social impact award to further incentivize the development of products and features that address the unique housing needs in our communities. Our employees are eager to help conceptualize, design and create solutions that can solve problems facing our communities, especially housing insecurity.  A few examples include:

Trulia Local Legal Protections was developed and launched in 2018 to help the LGBT community understand non-discrimination laws that exist for housing, employment and public accommodations.
 

 

Northern California Wildfire ResourcesThe HotPads team and Sonoma County’s Chief Information Officer collaborated to provide technical solutions for families in need of housing.  Immediately after the first call (just 7 days after the fires began), HotPads designers and engineers connected to quickly deploy a rental listing resource targeting the affected areas — and Northern California Wildfire Resources launched the very next day.

 

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ATTN: Videos

Zillow is partnering with ATTN:, an issues driven media company with a mission to deliver engaging content to a mobile-first audience, informing people to make a social impact and engender greater participation in communities, the political process and the world. Zillow and ATTN: are highlighting stories of the many ways we define ‘home’ across America – and the world.

Here is a look at videos we created together.

No one should go homeless because of rising rent.

Posted by ATTN: on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Minorities are twice as likely as white people to have their mortgage application denied.

Posted by ATTN: on Friday, October 13, 2017

The Rising Costs of American Cities

Will high-cost housing be the death of our cities? zlw.re/bbbo5461

Posted by Zillow on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 

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Disaster Relief

The Home Project’s goal is to support individuals and families who are often just one paycheck, one medical event or one unexpected expense away from homelessness. Unexpected natural and man-made disasters like hurricanes and wildfires uproot people from their homes and can completely wipe away housing stability for those who are most vulnerable.

Through The Home Project, Zillow Group has provided support to devastated communities. In 2017, we helped those who lost their homes in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and California, through corporate donations as well as our employees rallying around those in need.

Houston: Hurricane Harvey

Zillow Group raised more than $33,000 between employee contributions, a $10,000 Zillow Group donation and sales of Give a Hand to Houston shirts among our employee base. The funds were donated to Avenue CDC, a Houston-based nonprofit with a mission of building affordable homes and strengthening communities. In addition, Zillow Group’s consumer reach on social media helped bring nearly 115 million impressions to Avenue CDC, resulting in nearly 100,000 clicks to its donation site, with an in-kind value of approximately $500,000.

Florida: Hurricane Irma

Fresh on the heels of Harvey came Irma. Residents all across Florida, especially Key West and the Gulf Coast, had homes and communities severely damaged or destroyed. Many Zillow employees have family and friends in Florida who were affected. We made  a $10,000 donation to The Miami Foundation’s Hurricane Relief Fund, to support recovery and rebuilding work driven by organizations on the ground. The Miami Foundation works with partners in Miami-Dade County, the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida.

Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria

Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Those affected included friends and family members of Zillow Group employees. We made a $10,000 donation to United for Puerto Rico, an initiative brought forth by the first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Northern California: Wildfires

The destruction left by the North Bay fires in the summer of 2017 impacted our employees, and Zillow Group made a donation of $5,000 to the Napa Valley Community Foundation, a local organization leading recovery efforts in the area. NVCF mobilized its Disaster Relief Fund to benefit fire victims and coordinated partner organizations throughout the region.

 

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