The Crisis: Homelessness is a systemic crisis that deeply impacts our community. In San Francisco alone, there are an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people sleeping on the streets, in cars and other unsuitable places, or in shelters every night. Many of these vulnerable people are children, seniors or those afflicted by physically or mentally disabling conditions – in fact, families are one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population, causing devastating effects on the development of young children. 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.
Community Housing Partnership: Founded in 1990, Community Housing Partnership is the only San Francisco nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to providing supportive housing to formerly homeless individuals and families. Community Housing Partnership pairs affordable housing with support services, employment preparation, job training, a transitional employment social enterprise, and community organizing activities. Together these services offer clients a direct pathway from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Community Housing Partnership utilizes safe, stable housing as a platform to deliver services to clients which result in increased self-sufficiency. Community Housing Partnership owns, manages, or provides services at 16 buildings with over 1,000 units and has 308 units in development. Community Housing Partnership’s housing and services annually impact the lives of over 1,500 formerly homeless adults and children.
Housing: Success begins with a home and therefore Community Housing Partnership operates on a Housing First model. Community Housing Partnership provides clients safe, affordable housing with onsite property management. Clients meet with the building’s Property Manager and Services Supervisor prior to move-in to sign a lease, discuss house rules, and learn about available services. Property Management establishes a standard landlord/tenant relationship to replicate a typical living environment that allows clients to begin their transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.