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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: Community Housing Partnership’s mission is to help homeless people secure housing and become self-sufficient.

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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Comfortable working environment
Flexible working time
Nice staff

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Community Housing Partnership has been at the forefront of this country's efforts to provide solutions to homelessness for 20 years. And as CHP works to create pioneering and effective solutions for families and individuals who have endured homelessness, they remain true to their advocacy for the rights and well being of some of our country's most disenfranchised citizens. I am proud to support this courageous organization and its work to create a model for ending homelessness.