Community Housing Innovations, Inc.

Moving families from homelessness to home

aka 13-3627750   |   White Plains, NY   |  www.chigrants.org

Mission

Community Housing Innovations (CHI), founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit housing and human services organization that serves Westchester, Long Island, Hudson Valley and New York City. CHI’s mission is to provide housing and human services that support social and economic independence. CHI’s vision is to end generational poverty and foster upward mobility by ensuring that all families and individuals live in quality housing, have a home of their own and a job to support them. CHI believes quality, affordable housing provides a firm foundation for a prosperous life.

Ruling year info

1992

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ron Abad

Main address

75 South Broadway, Suite 340 Suite 340

White Plains, NY 10601 USA

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Formerly known as

Shelter Plus Inc.

EIN

13-3627750

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Housing Owners, Renters Organizations (L50)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

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Summary

CHI primarily provides emergency housing with case management to families and singles experiencing homelessness in New York City, Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, and Dutchess Counties in New York. CHI provides shelter, as a temporary measure, for individuals and families who are homeless, as well as programs and services for low-and-moderate income households. In addition to emergency shelters, CHI also manages transitional and supportive housing for over one thousand individuals per night.”
CHI also provides permanent affordable housing and partners with community-based organizations, government agencies, and private sector entities to develop and maintain properties.
In addition to ensuring that individuals and families are provided safe housing and supportive services, CHI operates a Homeownership Program to help people achieve the dream of owning a home —the stepping-stone to upward mobility and economic independence.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Emergency shelter assistance is provided in Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Dutchess and Orange Counties. CHI operates a wide variety of homeless housing models, from family centers with more than 100 rooms to scattered-site individual apartments. Though each emergency housing model varies according to local needs and available housing resources, most provide 24/7 supervision, case management and linkage to community resources in order to move families and individuals to transitional or permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Under contract with the Westchester County Department of Social Services, CHI has purchased, renovated or leased apartments and single-family homes to house homeless families on a scattered-site basis. Families in these transitional housing units are visited regularly by CHI case managers and move quickly toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing. One advantage of scattered-site apartment programs is that they allow families to live independently and reconnect to community resources while receiving supportive services.

On Long Island, CHI also provides emergency housing through a unique model, the Supervised Family Residence (SFR). The SFR houses up to nine families each, living under the supervision of a case manager. Families are able to give each other peer support and encouragement, and everyone benefits from the home-like atmosphere. CHI also provides emergency housing to single adults in a Supervised Singles Residence (SSR), licensed by New York State, using the congregate model and providing intensive case management, including supervision from a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

CHI, in partnership with Suffolk County DSS, operates a service center in Holbrook open to homeless single adults. Clients at the Resource Center receive help with applying for benefits, addressing mental and physical health issues, education, and finding employment. Staffed with experienced social workers, the Resource Center reaches those hardest to serve living in overnight shelters that may lack sufficient resources needed to meet their needs. Opening in late 2013, the Resource Center has already helped a number of clients secure permanent jobs and housing.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Permenant supportive housing for disable individuals in Long Island, NY

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

CHI owns and manages more than 250 single and multifamily units of affordable and permanent rental housing in Westchester and Long Island. When a CHI-owned apartment becomes vacant, the apartment becomes available to qualified applicants. CHI’s sister agency, CHI Realty, Inc., can assist finding apartments and homes available in the general market.

CHI provides developers with the funding they need to include affordable housing in their projects. As a nonprofit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), CHI receives priority in competition for grants and has the staff expertise to write winning proposals to federal, state and local agencies. Besides grants, CHI also has access to special low-interest loan funds targeted to nonprofits that allow higher than market loan to value ratios.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Counseling and down payment assistance grants are provided to first time home buyers. CHI’s Renters into Owners program offers grants to first-time homebuyers for down-payment assistance and rehabilitation costs. Grants typically average $25,000 per household. To qualify for this grant program, the purchaser’s household income cannot exceed 112 percent of the HUD Low Income Limit, adjusted for family size.

CHI is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency that offers FREE one-on-one and group Foreclosure Prevention Counseling services. Homeowners in Westchester who are having difficulty making mortgage payments or those who have already defaulted can get counseling and legal referrals from CHI. CHI’s counselors can analyze your specific situation and design a mitigation action plan, which might include a loan forbearance, loan modification, partial claim, short sale, or a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. CHI will also review your current financial profile to develop a workable budget, including developing a plan to manage your debt.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

US Department of Housing and Urban Development 2009

Financials

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Community Housing Innovations, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steven Gifford

Steven Brill

Stenve Brill Advisors, Inc.

Mary Brinson

CHI Tenant

Alexander Roberts

Community Housing Innovations, Inc.

Gerry Feinberg

McCarthy, Fingar, & Donovan

Sharlett Fraley

CHI Tenant

Michael Puntillo

Jobco Realty & Construction, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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