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 which nearly 1,000 residents call their home.
- Contributed $100 million in community economic development.
- Operates a full-service property management firm.
- in 2021 opened Wise Choice Realtors Real Estate Company, which funnels 100% of all proceeds to end homelessness.
- Provided $2.5 million in professional maintenance services.
- Delivered $300,000 of annual community service support for elderly and homeless support services.
- in 2021, completed a $15 million restoration of Maplewood Court, which was severely damaged in Storm Sandy in 2012.
- Was awarded 2019, 2020, and 2021 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 their 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 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 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 2019, 2020, and 2021 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 their 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 leads to better health and improves educational outcomes for children.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The people we serve, are low-income families/residents living in our affordable housing developments.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the pandemic, to maintain social distancing practices, we installed Kiosks in each property, so that residents could communicate directly with the Property Management and Maintenance Teams. They could also take care of certifications and recertifications, pay the rent, and it opened up the stream of communications for all parties. The software used in the Kiosks is RealPage which has tremendous capabilities to streamline all tenant communications and overall facility operations.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The people we serve are happy to have a voice that is heard.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Connecticut Housing Partners

Board of directors
as of 1/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jennifer Chadwick

Wells Fargo

Term: 2015 - 2024

Nathaniel Yordon

Stephanie Ross

Theresa Korin

Eurania Alicea

Valerie Rosenson

Cameron Buday

Alicia Johnson

Kevin Palumberi

Erika Alexander

Crystal Engram

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/20/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.