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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 is the only San Francisco nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to providing permanent, supportive housing to formerly homeless individuals and families. Community Housing Partnership 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.
Homelessness is a systemic crisis that deeply impacts our community. In San Francisco alone, there are an estimated 7,000 to 12,000 people sleeping on the streets, in cars and other unsuitable places, or in shelters every night. This crisis is devastating to the people who endure it and affects the quality of life of everyone in our city. It requires a permanent, integrated solution designed by the people who have first-hand knowledge of the issue.
For twenty years, Community Housing Partnership 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.