Born out of the UK housing sector in response to the UN’s International Year of Shelter for the Homeless (IYSH). Homeless International was dedicated to the alleviation of housing poverty in the global south.
1990s – Building homes through partnerships, financial innovation and catalytic use of aid.
Housing and shelter projects were inherited from the IYSH Trust. The organisation funded shelter solutions and trialled experimental finance solutions. Thepioneering Guarantee Fund enabled people living in informal settlements to access bank finance for the first time.
2001 – Investing for leverage: the launch of the ground-breaking CLIFF programme with support from the British and Swedish governments
First established in India, CLIFF unlocked low-income housing at scale through community infrastructure partnerships with governments and private developers. Work expands across Africa and Asia.
2008 – Expansion into other countries
First Kenya butgrowing to 16 delivery partners in 15 countries by 2016.
2010 Building sector-leading businesses and driving market participation.
Investing in a growing network of affordable housing developers, innovating new housing and finance solutions.
2013 – Awarded the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour
In recognition of the innovative and ground-breaking nature of the work.
2014 – Relaunched as Reall to reflect the market-based approach.
An innovator and investor in affordable homes with a network of impactful delivery partners across Africa and Asia.
2019 – Building a home for human potential.
A global network with six priority countries to focus on the greatest opportunities to build affordable housing at scale.
2020 – Focus on building climate-smart, affordable housing and brokering solutions that unlock markets
As of 2020:
Reached over 3,500,000 people on low incomes. 400,000 people with new or upgraded housing. 1.3 million people gained security from the thread of eviction. 1.1 million people benefitting from improved sanitation.
2030 – Our goal:
To build an affordable homes movement that improves the life chances of 100 million people in urban Africa and Asia by 2030.