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Community Housing Partnership

Rating: 4.91 stars   22 reviews 3,237

Address:

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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415-852-5300
www.chp-sf.org

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Reviews for Community Housing Partnership

Rating: 5 stars  

As an intern in their transitional employment social enterprise, I was impressed by their dedication to their work, the business acumen with which they operated, and, most importantly, the relationships they emphasized with their clients and staff.

CHP has a suite of holistic services that requires incredible thought and care to coordinate and get right. From the case managers working in buildings to financial analysts in headquarters, the uniform dedication to the mission is stunning and rare to find.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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It's been a great honor to be a volunteer for CHP. Over the past year I've had this amazing opportunity to watch closer what an amazing job these guys do! Helping homeless people not only to have a better opportunity in life, but also helping them shine, showing their talents and become stars.
I'm excited for all that this honorable leadership and staff has still to conquer in the future.

Vanessa Buiatte.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a long-term resident of San Francisco, it is an honor to contribute to its betterment by serving on CHP’s Board.

CHP is a service organization that offers holistic solutions addressing homelessness. CHP provides supportive housing as well as comprehensive job training and placement services, setting up its residents to reach self-sufficiency, independence, and transform their lives.

I admire the work CHP’s committed leadership and staff have been doing for 25+ years and am excited about its future.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Comfortable working environment
Flexible working time
Nice staff

 
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I've been volunteering at CHP for about a year now and have been very impressed by everyone's passion for their mission and how well the staff works together. The services they provide to those in need are tremendous. Their care, concern and passion can be seen in everything they do.

 
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It is inspiring to serve on the Board of CHP. I am able to witness the explicit dedication of the leadership team and staff, and the passion they collectively bring to bear to deliver on the important mission of the organization. Homelessness is a visible, longstanding problem in San Francisco, so it is particularly heartening to be a part of an organization that delivers a suite of solutions to what is often times seen as an intractable issue. Using housing as a foundation – which they develop and manage – they provide a comprehensive network of services, including job training and placement programs, to set individuals and families on a pathway to success. I could not be prouder to be part of such a worthy cause.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Community Housing Partnership stands out among the many nonprofits in San Francisco because of its far-reaching vision—to provide housing for homeless San Franciscans and at the same time to offer holistic support services that give residents a chance to stabilize their lives, to succeed in making new lives, often to find and keep jobs. CHP helps residents to become self-sufficient, provides social enterprise and job training, and does community organizing, which allows residents to voice their concerns and desires. CHP is effective because it focuses on transforming lives, not providing temporary solutions. The staff at CHP are smart and compassionate and absolutely dedicated to carrying out that vision.

It is so gratifying to have a chance to volunteer at CHP. I’ve long wanted to do some small thing to help the homeless in San Francisco, and CHP provides a wonderful opportunity because they’ve developed an approach that works.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Community Housing Partnership was a pioneer in their field when they began 25+ years ago and remains one of the most innovative and effective organizations ending homelessness in San Francisco.

As a housing developer, they've created some gorgeous buildings that provide dignity and hope to residents. I am also encouraged by the quality of care and support provided to clients & residents by the support services staff. CHP is holistic and addresses the underlying issues that cause those who've experienced homelessness to end up back on the street.

I admire their work and look forward to seeing what they build over the next few years as they continue to roll out the strategic plan they put together recently. It's a testament to their commitment to learning, evaluation, and efficacy! :)

 
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2 people 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  

1 person found this review helpful

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?

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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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