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Laura Ware

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Community Housing Partnership
November 11, 2010

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!

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I was a program director in the areas oof tenant services and employment at CHP.