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190 East Post Road, Ste. # 401
White Plains
New York 10601

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Programs: CHI addresses the lack of decent affordable housing in Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, and Dutchess Counties. CHI provides affordable permanent rental housing to homeless families and emergency transitional housing with case managemeent to homeless families. CHI currently owns and manages 500 units. CHI also maintains a Home Ownership Division, providing about $1 million a year in down payment assistance to first time homebuyers and free counseling. Finally, CHI has a Career Services division, providing free skills enhancement and job training which began under contract with the New York State Department of Labor and continued with Westchester Deartment of Social Services funding. Its computer training has been recognized as among the most successful in terms of meeting milestones set by New York State.

Community Housing Innovations, Inc. (CHI)''s mission is to provide low and moderate income families and individuals with the housing and human services that enable them to achieve the greatest social and economic independence at the lowest cost to society. CHI grew out of the rampant homelessness of the late 1980''s and 90''s to encourage a social services program model called "Project Self-Sufficiency" developed by its Program Director in a federal demonstration project. This model was adopted nationally by the Section 8 Program and re-named, "Family Self-Sufficiency." The model empowers low income families in scattered site apartments--not institutions--to become more independent, with case management support. Since its founding in 1991, CHI has been cited by McKinsey and Company as one of the fastest growing housing nonprofits in the nation.

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I would like to commend CHI on this very viable program. Homelessness is not necessary if we would put more resources and services in place such as what is offered by CHI. We need to invest in our families, children, aged and disabled. Homelessness does not promote healthy communities or families. ... more »
It has been a positive experience during the course of my stay at CHI. I now am better able to deal with stressfull situations due to the medication which I am on thanks to the help of the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Due to the friendliness and concern of the staff I feel it has helped me during... more »
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I had previously lost my employment due to my current heart condition. Since I lost my income and was hospitalized I was left with no means to pay rent. When I released from the hospital my landlord declined to accept the Department of Social Services rental program. This led me to rely on Emergency... more »
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