Connecticut Housing Partners

We build and transform lives

Bridgeport, CT   |  https://www.cthousingpartners.org

Mission

The mission of the Association is to develop, finance, own, lease and manage safe, quality, permanently affordable housing for low and moderate-income households throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut. MHA seeks to create a continuum of housing opportunities for all sectors of the community and serve as an ongoing producer of affordable housing throughout the Southwestern Connecticut region to meet present and future housing needs.

Ruling year info

1990

CEO

Ms. Renee Dobos

Main address

1235 Huntington Turnpike

Bridgeport, CT 06611 USA

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EIN

22-3035152

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Independent Housing for People with Disabilities (L24)

Senior Citizens' Housing/Retirement Communities (L22)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a severe housing crisis. Minimum Wage Workers Can’t Afford Housing. According to a June 2019 study by the US News and World Report, there is no county, metro area or state where a worker earning minimum wage for 40 hours per week can afford a two-bedroom apartment. The national housing wage for a "modest" two-bedroom rental was $22.96, according to the 2019 report. Based on this number, in order to afford such a property, an individual earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour would have to work nearly 127 hours per week or hold more than three full-time jobs. While housing remains largely unaffordable across the country, most of the least-affordable housing exists in states in the Northeast and on the West Coast. Connecticut, in the top 10 least affordable states, the housing wage for a 2-bedroom apartment would be $25.40 per hour and 101 hours a week would have to be put in to afford the rent, the equivalent of 2.5 full-time jobs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Affordable Housing Management & Development

Property Management and Resident Services and Affordable Housing Development

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

NeighborWorks America - Member

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Connecticut Housing Partners (CHP) is a charter member of NeighborWorks America and its mission is to create and sustain innovative housing, revitalize neighborhoods, and enhance the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents of Connecticut. The target population is households that earn 60% or less of the area median income in the various cities and towns throughout Fairfield County.
CHP has been building this mission for nearly three decades. Since its founding in 1990, CHP has grown to become one of Fairfield County's most active non-profit providers of affordable housing services. CHP's developments and programs have produced over $100 million in community investments and have provided safe, secure, affordable housing to more than 1,000 Fairfield County Residents.
As a community-based organization, CHP has evolved over time from a Stamford based organization to a regional organization with a strong presence in Southern Connecticut. The current communities in which CHP has a presence are Stamford, Norwalk, Fairfield, Trumbull, Bridgeport, and Wilton. We believe every member of the community is a stakeholder. Affordable housing strengthens the local community with households that support local businesses, tax base, supportive services, and local government can count the affordable housing created in their Urban Plan demonstrating diversity.

Residents served with CHP's affordable housing properties are - families with children, homeless, previously incarcerated, mentally ill, elderly only independent developments and seniors in assisted living developments - all living below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). 25% of residents meet the extremely low standard with incomes under 25% of AMI. Rent is charged between 30 and 40% of income. Residents have an increased need for assistance in connecting to services such as health care, transportation, social services and financial management. Kizzy, a single Mom of a growing family said, “Connecticut Housing Partners has been a huge blessing to my family. They really care about the residents. I truly thank God for them!”

Stable housing is critical to working towards alleviating poverty, avoiding homelessness and creating an environment in which households can work, children can stay in place for education and developments are located near resources that help a household thrive. Our programs keep CHP residents and their families moving forward.
Three major services in addition to safe affordable housing through CHP:
1. Supportive Services for the chronically homeless and mental health.
2. CHP has partnered with many community providers and in-house programming services for senior residents to keep them active and socialized.
3. Property Management services for maintenance, resident certification, capital improvements, and emergency response. Our property management is integrated with resident organizing principles, recognizing that the key to maintaining a high standard of property and asset management is active resident participation in property maintenance and cost control.
CHP has also launched a “Rent Bank,” offering temporary subsidized rent relief for low to medium-income families and seniors during life's hardships. We also identify support services in the community that residents can reach out to for job placement and educate residents about solutions to financial hardships. The goal is to help prevent housing displacement and avoid homelessness.

CHP’s Recent Outcomes: Achievements and Challenges
CHP has been an industry leader for more than 30 years, offering a continuum of well-managed and maintained housing opportunities for all sectors of Fairfield County including families, seniors, assisted living, homeless, and those with special needs. CHP is a nationally recognized 501 (c) (3) housing development and property management organization.
CHP:
- Developed 15 affordable housing properties providing over 500 homes to families, homeless and seniors in which nearly 1,000 residents call their home.
- Contributed $100 million in community economic development.
- Operates a full-service property management firm.
- Provided $2.5 million in professional maintenance services.
- Delivered $300,000 of annual community service support for elderly and homeless support services.
- Was awarded the 2019 and 2020 Best of Trumbull Award in the Non-Profit Affordable Housing Developer category by the Trumbull Award Program, in recognition of its Huntington Place Senior development in Trumbull. Each year, the Trumbull Award Program identifies companies/organizations that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. The program was established to recognize the best of local businesses and to recognize the contributions to the local economy. These are local companies and organizations that enhance the positive image of small businesses through service to their customers and the community. These exceptional companies/organizations help make the Trumbull area a great place to live, work, and play. This award validates the transformational work CHP does in the community and in the region.

CHP provides a good housing match for people living in poverty and housing that is affordable. The greatest challenge is keeping up with the growing demand for affordable housing, where waitlists continue to grow and the duration of time on a waitlist has increased. CHP continues to address the wide range of policies contributing to the availability of, and access to, an adequate supply of safe and affordable housing; health and behavioral health resources; education and gainful employment; opportunities for economic mobility; affordable childcare and legal assistance. Stable housing provides economic security and leads to better health and improves educational outcomes for children.

CHP’s Recent Outcomes: Achievements and Challenges
CHP has been an industry leader for more than 30 years, offering a continuum of well-managed and maintained housing opportunities for all sectors of Fairfield County including families, seniors, assisted living, homeless, and those with special needs. CHP is a nationally recognized 501 (c) (3) housing development and property management organization.
CHP:
- Developed 15 affordable housing properties providing over 500 homes to families, homeless and seniors in which nearly 1,000 residents call their home.
- Contributed $100 million in community economic development.
- Operates a full-service property management firm.
- Provided $2.5 million in professional maintenance services.
- Delivered $300,000 of annual community service support for elderly and homeless support services.
- Was awarded the 2019 Best of Trumbull Award in the Non-Profit Affordable Housing Developer category by the Trumbull Award Program, in recognition of its Huntington Place Senior development in Trumbull. Each year, the Trumbull Award Program identifies companies/organizations that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. The program was established to recognize the best of local businesses and to recognize the contributions to the local economy. These are local companies and organizations that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community. These exceptional companies/organizations help make the Trumbull area a great place to live, work and play. This award validates the transformational work CHP does in the community and in the region.

CHP provides a good housing match for people living in poverty and housing that is affordable. The greatest challenge is keeping up with the growing demand for affordable housing, where waitlists continue to grow and the duration of time on a waitlist has increased. CHP continues to address the wide range of policies contributing to the availability of, and access to, an adequate supply of safe and affordable housing; health and behavioral health resources; education and gainful employment; opportunities for economic mobility; affordable childcare and legal assistance. Stable housing provides economic security and leads to better health and improves educational outcomes for children.

Financials

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Connecticut Housing Partners

Board of directors
as of 3/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jennifer Chadwick

Wells Fargo

Term: 2015 - 2021

Nathaniel Yordon

Stephanie Ross

Sylvan Pomerantz

Theresa Korin

Eurania Alicea

Valerie Rosenson

Cameron Buday

Morris Mendes

Alicia Johnson

Kevin Palumberi

Erika Alexander

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/17/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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