Community Housing Partnership

Rating: 4.86 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 20 Jones Street, Suite 200 San Francisco CA 94103 USA

Mission: Community Housing Partnership creates, implements and demonstrates solutions to homelessness by working in partnership with people in San Francisco who would otherwise be without a home. CHP develops and operates high quality permanent affordable housing, integrating optional support services, job training and community organizing. We strive to break the cycle of homelessness by strengthening community, encouraging self-determination and involving tenants in every aspect of the organization.
Results: Founded in 1990, Community Housing Partnership (CHP) is the only San Francisco nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to providing permanent, supportive housing to formerly homeless individuals and families. Community Housing Partnership now owns or manages eleven affordable residential properties comprising 785 units, with an additional 265 units in development. These supportive residences address the needs of seniors, families with young children, emancipating foster youth, and adults with physical or cognitive disorders. We provide an essential and comprehensive network of services including employment training, job placement, a social enterprise, family and youth programs, substance abuse treatment and community organizing. These services annually impact the lives of 1,800 formerly homeless adults and children by supporting them in retaining their housing and leading stable, productive 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.
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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was engaged on a 3-month project as interim controller and had the opportunity to know the Senior Management Team and worked closely with each member. My role was to observe and recommend the best practices to meet the expanding needs of CHP. Its noble mission is reaping rewards and recognitions. The Executive Team is sincere and loyal to CHP's mission of providing decent affordable housing to former homeless in San Francisco

I will not forget and will be supportive.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

San Francisco has a huge number of non-profits, most of which I'm sure are helpful. I can honestly say that the Community Housing Partnership has touched me & my my daughter through it's work with our closest friends & neighbors. My daughter was in the 2009 Talent show with 5 classmates/clients. This year my daughters best friend from school (since kindergarten) was in the Talent Show and their group took 1st place! Another friend and her 2 year old daughter have a safe place to live thanks to the Community Housing Partnership. Whatever it is they are doing is working. I have another neighbor interning, training to go to work! Keep it up!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Community Housing Partnership makes a tremendous difference in the lives of the residents it serves. Their housing and services make it possible for people to move beyond homelessness and gain jobs and hope. I have interacted with CHP tenants and have been inspired by their personal tales of overcoming challenges in their lives, and the stability and *dignity* that they have gained through living in CHP buildings and participating in their programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working on political causes with CHP tenants.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They should be getting their name out nationally so more people are aware of their good work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Postive affect on the community and pleasant all around.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They have brought a good feel to the community and are very friendly. THey have offered to help or get involved if they can.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more of them involved with the community on the street with more resources.

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Rating: 5 stars  

At its core, Community Housing Partnership is a community-based organization that provides permanently affordable housing and essential support services for some of the most disadvantaged single adults and families living in San Francisco. I have worked with CHP staff over the past five years, and I am always impressed by their hard work, thoughtfulness and dedication to serving formerly homeless men, women and children in their portfolio of supportive housing properties.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work as a program manager with the Corporation for Supportive Housing

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire a full-time marketing staffer to spread the news of CHP's successful work with formerly homeless single adults and families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've watched Community Housing Partnership grow over the years, opening new buildings and providing homes for more and more needy San Franciscans. I've been a donor to CHP for many years, and I increasingly feel that my money each year is supporting an agency that really knows what they're doing, is very good at creating innovative solutions, and that is really making a difference in the crisis of homelessness in this city.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how many people they've successfully moved off the streets -- they're really making a difference in the crisis of homelessness in the city.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand their scope beyond San Francisco -- their model is so successful, it would definitely be good to replicate it in other communities around the Bay Area.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been impressed with how Community Housing Partnership involves the surrounding neighbors in their projects. I live near a project and was skeptical of them taking our input and incorporating it into their project; however, now that the building is open it has become a welcome addition to our neighborhood.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way the building design incorporated neighborhood input our overall concerns about the project.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

They built a new building in my neighborhood.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a faithful donor to Community Housing Partnership for the past several years. Their ability to address the problem of homelessness by engaging people on a personal level is second to none. The organization has also demonstrated the ability to build strong relationships in the neighborhoods where they build housing. I've felt my investment in this organization has been rewarded far more than I expected.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally seen the work this organization has done and have participated in their annual Night With the Stars fund raising event.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure others in the city and nation are more aware of the excellent work this organization does with the community they serve.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

My first Night With the Stars Talent Show...where one of my friends said, "This is definately something that should be on your 'Bucket List'!" Seeing the staff members, tenants and community embracing the talents of the performers was life-changing.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

To assure the organization remains viable and continues their excellent work into the future.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Community Housing Partnership is much more than housing...they are life changing to the tenants they serve and the communities where they work.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Community Housing Partnership is an amazing organization that reaches people who might otherwise have no options for housing or support. Community Housing Partnership combines the tangible aspect of housing with the less tangible aspect of tenant services and support, melding the two to create an organization unlike any other!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing their tenants succeed in the Tenderloin

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their scope even further beyond the Tenderloin

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I worked for CHP for 14 years, and had the unique pleasure of helping to grow the organization from an idea into a reality. I will never forget the night we bought our first building for housing - a friend and I spent the night hugging the building and rejoicing that we were now real estate holders! CHP has been real in its attempts to credate and maintain safe, permanent and affordable housing in a very expensive city, and to integrate supportive services and employment oppotunities into the housing. This has resulted in many low-income, homeless people being able to end their personal homelessness and poverty for long periods of time or forever! CHP treats homeless people and its tenants with extraordinary respect and in turn tenants have taken great pride in preserving the housing and also working as staff or helping to build the housing. CHP is a true community devlopment corporation who truly prioritizes the well-being of low-income individuals in the San Francisco area. In order to represent this well-being CHP includes tenants and homeless people in every aspect of the organization, including on the Board of Directors. I love the CHP and will forever be honored to have been a part of its wonderful history!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing individuals obtain stable housing, end personal homelessness, stay in housing for over 10 years, obtain employment earning a living wage with insurance benefits, become management personnel in the organization, become an active participant in the San Francsico community, reunite with current families and create new families.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to expand the model to other cities and states. It is effective, affordable and is very supportive of individuals who are trying to end his/her personal homelessness.

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