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Community Housing Partnership

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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked at Community Housing Partnership for almost five years, and grow my professional careen with the organization grow. I am a stronger believer of Housing is a Human Right. Community Housing Partnership’s mission is go beyond he clients security housing by helping with client achieve self-sufficiency. I am very excited to be part of CHP as part of the social change, when I hear our client’s success stories.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having just completed my first year at CHP, I can say that it is truly an amazing place to work. The combination of talented, resourceful, and creative individuals, a solid mission and focus on clients, and and a no-drama environment where people are hard-working and dedicated to giving their best in support of a greater purpose all resonate greatly for me. Not without its external and internal challenges, CHP is committed to working in concert with community partners and City offices to change the trajectory for homeless individuals in SF and eradicate poverty as a social injustice.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Housing is a right. Community Housing Partnership embodies this belief by providing quality housing with supportive services for the formerly homeless. It is inspiring to see how many lives of our residents have changed for the better with the support of our agency. I am proud to work at an organization that is addressing homelessness in San Francisco in an empathetic, solution-centric way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Community Housing Partnership provides high quality supportive housing and services which helps formerly homeless individuals and families stabilize and meet their goals. CHP staff are dedicated to their work and creative in their approaches. Feedback loops with clients are incorporated to continually improve services.

1 James211

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked at CHP since 2004. CHP started as a project of the Coalition On Homelessness and Council of Community Housing Organizations about 25 years ago. I'm proud to help build on that foundation and watch residents take leadership roles in Community Organizing work. From the Janitors to the Directors, I'm also inspired by my co-workers who put in the hours to help hundreds of people exit homelessness.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This local organization is cutting edge in finding ways to house and serve individuals experiencing homelessness. Currently, they house over 1400 individuals and families who have experience homelessness and are looking to help each person reach self-sufficiency. Nationally, success in supportive housing is measured by housing retention, but Community Housing Partnership is beginning to measure success differently - they want to help its residents move beyond supportive housing to less service enriched settings. It's an honor to be a part of an organization that is not only providing a great service to SF residents, but also envisioning a new future for Supportive Housing nationally!

2 Integrity in Numbers

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Becky D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known and worked with CHP for about 15 years now. As housing and service proders I believe they serve the community at its best. Throughout the years CHP has a proven record of assisting people from the community become and stay employed and also provide a good quality place to call home. It's keping the organizations creative minds and souls that leads to such success.

Jeff K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Community Housing Partnership is one of the best nonprofit organizations I have encountered in my 20+ years in the sector. They have an unprecendented success rate of 98% in keeping formerly homeless people in permanent housing. The Community Housing Partnership also demonstrates incredible integrity in how it uses its resources. This integrity is also evident in the advocacy and organizing work done by this amazing organization.