Who We Are

Community Housing Partnership believes that a home has the power to stabilize a person’s life.

Homelessness affects everyone in San Francisco. It can feel overwhelming and it’s hard to know how to make a difference. Together, we are helping thousands of people experiencing homelessness find a permanent home and build a better life. With a home people can improve their health, heal from trauma, cook for their family, find a job, begin paying rent, feel a sense of dignity, and contribute to the community.

Together, we’re building a new future for our neighborhoods and the city we love.


Mission

Community Housing Partnership’s mission is to help people experiencing homelessness secure housing and become self-sufficient.


Purpose

Community Housing Partnership is an outcomes-focused nonprofit that fulfills its mission by developing and managing high quality supportive housing and providing services to individuals, seniors and families experiencing homelessness to help them rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness.


Philosophy

We believe that—given adequate and tailored support—all people possess the capacity to achieve a high degree of self-sufficiency. In order to support our residents to reach their fullest potential, Community Housing Partnership embraces and undertakes the following practices:

Housing

We believe that individuals that have experienced homelessness need safe, supported and affordable housing to stabilize their lives.

Engagement

The experience of homelessness can be isolating and erode one’s sense of hope and trust. Our staff is trained to engage with residents to build trusting relationships and to create hope.

Choice

Our staff provide non-judgmental support to residents to reduce the harm in their lives, assisting them to make informed choices and stabilize their lives.

Employment

We know that people that have experienced homelessness want to stabilize their lives and go back to work. With the right opportunities and supports, offered by Community Housing Partnership staff, our residents gain employment and become more economically secure.

Advocacy & Community Leadership

Our history and work are rooted in community organizing. We are committed to work with our allies to create new solutions and policies that advance our mission and promote social justice, and we work hard to cultivate leadership across the organization—among residents, staff, board, and the broader community.

We advocate

We build community

We create opportunity

History & Timeline

For thirty years, we have helped thousands of people experiencing homelessness find a permanent home and build a better life.

1988

The “Transitional Housing: The Next Step” study is published by the Coalition on Homelessness.

1990

Community Housing Partnership is formed.

1992

The Senator Hotel opens, Community Housing Partnership’s first permanent supportive housing residence, housing over 89 people.

1994

The San Cristina opens its doors to residents, serving over 58 more people who have experienced homelessness.

1996

74 new units open at the Iroquois

1996

Community Housing Partnership’s first job training program launches.

1999

The first resident talent show, A Night with the Stars, takes place.

2002

Island Bay Homes opens on Treasure Island, the first property for families.

2008

The Essex Hotel opens with 84 units for adults.

2009

The Arnett Watson Apartments opens, supporting 83 families with children under 18.

2010

The Zygmunt Arent House opens, Community Housing Partnership’s first property dedicated to serving seniors.

2011

A brand new development providing homes for 120 adults, the Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments opens.

2013

5th Street opens, the first supportive housing property dedicated to transition-age youth.

2013

The Cambridge Apartments opens with 60 additional units for people who are experiencing homelessness.

2013

Rene Cazenave Apartments opens with 120 units for adults.

2014

The 5th Street Training Center opens its doors for an employment training program.

2016

Civic Center Hotel opens, becoming the City’s second Navigation Center to support high-acuity individuals who have experienced chronic periods of homelessness.

2017

A new 141-unit development project, Mission Bay South Block 9, launches.

2019

A new administrative office and Employment Training Center opens at 1010 Market Street to operate the DeskReady and Community Volunteer Team programs.

2020

Community Housing Partnership celebrates their 30th anniversary, serving more than 1,900 residents last year.