Global Housing Foundation


Global Housing Foundation was launched in 1999 when its founder, René Frank, took up a challenge from the United Nations Commission on Human Settlements (UNCHS) as to why the private real estate industry did not do more to help solve housing crises around the world.


   In developing nations ...









One out of every four households lives
in poverty, or 1,200,000,000 people

Households need an average of 8 to 12.5
times their annual income to buy a house

5.8% of children die before the age of
five years

Less than 20% of households are connected to piped water

Lack of available sanitary drinking water is one of the world's biggest health crises