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Housing Equity Fund

Since the launch of the Amazon Housing Equity Fund, which was officially announced in January 2021, Amazon has helped provide long-term affordable housing that will support an estimated 18,000 people. With low-rate loans, grants, and partnerships with local governments and nonprofit agencies, Amazon is at the forefront in addressing a nationwide housing affordability crisis.
The cost of housing is rising, and many can't keep up
Increasingly, families who make a low-to-moderate income are having a hard time finding housing they can afford. 70% find themselves financially strained with housing costs, and people of color are disproportionately affected.

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The Amazon Housing Equity Fund will preserve existing housing and create inclusive housing developments
We'll achieve this through low-rate loans and grants to housing partners, traditional and non-traditional public agencies, and minority-led organizations.
A graphic depicting the impact of Amazon's Housing Equity Fund in 2021.

The Fund supports Amazon's commitment to affordable housing and will help ensure moderate- to low-income families can afford housing in communities with easy access to neighborhood services, amenities, and jobs. The Fund includes:

  • Amazon committed $300 million and partnered with three public transit agencies to support the creation of 3,000 new affordable homes near high-capacity public transit areas. Read more
  • The Amazon Housing Equity Fund is providing $125M in grants to support community-based organizations, housing partners, traditional and nontraditional public agencies, and minority-led organizations. Read more
  • As part of the grant funding, Amazon Housing Equity Fund provided $21 million to pilot a professional training, mentorship, and capital funding accelerator program to increase the number of professional real estate developers of color who are focused on affordable housing and inclusive community building. Read the impact report
A graphic depicting the impact of the Amazon Housing Equity Fund in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.
A graphic depicting the impact of the Amazon Housing Equity Fund in the Arlington, VA area.
A graphic depicting the impact of the Amazon Housing Equity Fund in the Nashville, TN area.
An image of the front of Crystal House rental community in Arlington, VA.
What's Next?
In 2021, the Amazon Housing Equity Fund provided long-term affordable housing that will support more than 18,000 people. With low-rate loans, grants, and partnerships with local governments and nonprofit agencies, Amazon is at the forefront in addressing a nationwide housing affordability crisis.

In 2022, the Amazon Housing Equity Fund is positioned to continue to build on its dedication to its communities in the Puget Sound region of Washington and the national capital region around Arlington, Virginia, while strengthening its engagement with its Nashville community. The Amazon Housing Equity Fund is advancing Amazon’s vision and commitment to equity and inclusion in communities with housing that everyone can afford, while demonstrating the vital role that corporations play in addressing societal and economic challenges and offering a powerful and innovative model.
FAQs about the Housing Equity Fund
Amazon introduced the Housing Equity Fund in 2021. Learn more about the program.

What is the Housing Equity Fund?

Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund is a more than $2 billion commitment to preserve existing housing and create inclusive housing developments through low-rate loans and grants to housing partners, traditional and non-traditional public agencies, and minority-led organizations.

What communities benefit from the Housing Equity Fund?

The Housing Equity Fund will benefit moderate- to low-income families and individuals in three communities Amazon calls home: Washington state’s Puget Sound region; Arlington, Virginia; and Nashville, Tennessee.

Amazon is supporting households making between 30% and 80% of AMI—that’s less than $103,200 per year for a family of four in the Washington, D.C., metro area. In the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area, this translates to a household of four earning less than $92,560 a year.

How many housing units will be created?

Amazon is providing low-rate capital in the form of loans, lines of credit, and grants to preserve and create 20,000 homes affordable for moderate- to low-income families in the Puget Sound region, Arlington, and Nashville

Does the Amazon Housing Equity Fund provide grants?

$125 million in grants will be provided to minority-led organizations and public agencies to help build a more inclusive solution to the affordable housing crisis, which disproportionately affects communities of color. The Fund will also give grants to government partners not traditionally involved in affordable housing issues, such as transit agencies and school districts, to provide them with resources to advance and create equitable and affordable housing initiatives.

Learn more about the Housing Equity Fund
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Apply for funding
If your organization is interested in submitting an application for support from Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund, please submit a request through our secure portal.
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