Community Housing Partnership

Rating: 4.86 stars   14 reviews


20 Jones Street, Suite 200 San Francisco CA 94103 USA


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.


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.

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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.


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: 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!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Postive affect on the community and pleasant all around.

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

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

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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.

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

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A lot

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They built a new building in my neighborhood.

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