29th January 2024

Citi Foundation Announces 2024 Global Innovation Challenge to Strengthen Nonprofits Pioneering Solutions to Homelessness

Housing insecurity is a global concern, with the United Nations estimating that roughly 150 million people worldwide are homeless. We recognize that safe, affordable and stable housing is a key contributor to the economic and social well-being of individuals, families and communities.

“Today, homelessness is on the rise in many communities around the world and it manifests itself in different ways – all of which require unique solutions,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Head of Citi Community Investing & Development. “With this year’s Global Innovation Challenge, we are deploying philanthropic capital that will help unlock and operationalize innovative approaches to homelessness and catalyze lasting change in the lives of people globally.”  

This latest Global Innovation Challenge builds upon Citi and the Citi Foundation’s long-standing track record of work in support of housing security, as evidenced by:

  • For 13 straight years, Citi has been recognized as the top affordable housing lender enabling affordable housing developers to acquire, construct, rehabilitate, and refinance multifamily affordable housing across the United States
  • Between 2020 and 2022, Citi financed and facilitated a total of $30.2 billion toward affordable housing around the world, including affordable housing projects with green building certifications, contributing to its $1 Trillion Sustainable Finance Goal
  • The Citi Impact Fund has made equity investments in innovative startups bringing housing solutions to market, such as Pallet, PadSplit, Jetty and ICON
  • In 2021, Citi announced a $1 billion social finance bond that is supporting social-focused developments, including affordable housing, in emerging markets globally
  • Through its Community Progress Makers initiative in the U.S, the Citi Foundation has supported nonprofits working to increase accessibility to affordable housing, safe spaces for at-risk youth and more

The deadline for eligible organizations to register is Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 12pm New York Time (Eastern Time) and recipients will be announced later this year. For more information on this opportunity including eligibility requirements and target geographies, please visit www.citifoundation.com/rfp

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