Community Housing Partnership Overview
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Target demographics: Community Housing Partnership serves people in San Francisco who have experienced homelessness. All of CHP’s residents have suffered homelessness. One hundred percent are extremely low-income, and 98% subsist on less than $15,000 per year. Residents range from infants to elders, and more than 75% are people of color. Four out of five residents have documented disabling conditions due to mental health issues, physical limitations, substance abuse, and/or HIV/AIDS. These health consequences often persist and need attention well after the individual obtains stable housing.
Programs: CHP’s integrated services include:
Permanently Affordable Housing: CHP owns and/or manages 11 housing sites in San Francisco with 785 units of housing for formerly homeless adults and children, and 265 new units in the development pipeline. All of CHP’s buildings are safe, secure residences with on-site property management and support services that help residents maintain their housing while achieving their greatest potential.
Intensive Wraparound On-site Services: After moving into safe, secure housing, many formerly homeless people face daunting physical and emotional challenges, continuing to grapple with medical, mental health and substance abuse issues. CHP’s professional on-site support services and intensive case management staff work to develop productive relationships with residents, and offer an array of services including crisis management, counseling, housing retention, and linkages to health services and community resources.
Treatment and Supportive Housing (TASH): Launched in October 2008, CHP’s newest program provides outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment. Created in response to resident-identified needs, TASH’s six-month intensive treatment program integrates harm reduction groups, 12-step meetings, individual counseling, after-care and peer support. With housing retention as the first priority, clients work to identify and address the issues preventing them from achieving their personal goals.
Employment Opportunities: Community Housing Partnership operates job training programs that annually support over 250 residents in addressing barriers, from mental health issues to limited work histories, which stand between them and employment. Designed to prepare participants for realistic and attainable employment, the Maintenance Training Program and Desk Clerk Training Program prepare clients for basic maintenance, property management, and front desk staffing jobs. In addition to job training, we launched Community Housing Partnership Enterprises in 2007, a social enterprise that creates employment by placing graduates in outsourced front-desk staff and maintenance positions in other affordable housing sites within San Francisco.
Community Engagement: People who have been homeless often continue to feel disconnected from their community even after obtaining housing. To increase resident leadership and community engagement, the Community Housing Organizing Program (CHOP) offers internships, trainings and leadership development opportunities, encouraging residents to become active in the broader community while leading safe, healthy lives.
We believe that people who were once homeless are uniquely qualified to create solutions that help others break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Four seats on our 20-member Board of Directors are held by current residents and program participants, and 50% of our over 200 employees were once homeless themselves.
For twenty years, CHP has demonstrated that permanent, supportive housing helps formerly homeless people to transform their lives and makes effective use of public resources. The daily cost for a unit of supportive housing run by CHP is approximately $34, half the $68 required to provide a unit of emergency shelter. Further, supportive housing provides opportunities for people to permanently exit life on the streets and achieve lasting change through accessing community engagement, educational and employment opportunities. With children in particular, early intervention through stable housing and effective youth programs that build both academic ability and self-esteem services are vital.
Our successful model results in a 98% annual housing retention rate, the highest of any comparable organization in the country, the core metric for success in supportive housing, and the foundation from which individuals, families and San Francisco’s most impoverished communities achieve long-term stability.
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