Housing, Shelter

Connecticut Housing Partners

We build and transform lives

Bridgeport, CT

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

1990

CEO

Ms. Renee Dobos

Main Address

1235 Huntington Turnpike

Bridgeport, CT 06611 USA

Keywords

affordable housing, senior housing, resident participation, property management, MHASWCT, MHA

EIN

22-3035152

 Number

7875025400

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Independent Housing for People with Disabilities (L24)

Senior Citizens' Housing/Retirement Communities (L22)

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What we aim to solve

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.

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Affordable Housing Management & Development

Where we work

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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 29 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 supportive services. - Was awarded 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.

CHP Measures Positive Outcomes One of the current life-changing programs CHP has in place is the “Rent Bank,” Rental Assistance Program. CHP evaluates this program by collecting feedback from the Property Management Team, On-Site Volunteers and through an evaluation of occupancy levels in all developments. Madeline profile Madeline from GuideStar Hi Robin, Profiles with a Platinum Seal get 50% more views. Boost your visibility this giving season and add year-over-year metrics to your profile. Get started by browsing our Common Results Catalog to find a metric that works for your organization. For the Rent Bank, the Property Managers analyze the current situations of the residents, and through CHP reporting systems, determine if there is a life-changing issue for these residents and if there is a gap in their rent payments. The Property Manager would then counsel the resident to determine if they would qualify for the Rental Assistance Program and suggest they apply. If their hardship falls in the category where assistance can be offered (Grievance/Death, Medical or Employment/Job Loss) the Property Manager will assist the resident with collecting and submitting the required documentation so that they can be considered for this critical assistance. Timing is essential, and these steps are taken to help the resident avoid eviction and the possibility of homelessness if the issue is not addressed immediately. Property Management also refers these vulnerable residents to outside resources such as employment services, job training, financial literacy workshops and emergency food resources which will address their needs to empower them and enable them to move forward. Data is tracked centrally to see if the temporary support has prevented eviction. Our goal is eviction prevention and families are tracked for one year to measure these critical outcomes.

CHP’s Recent Outcomes: Achievements and Challenges CHP has been an industry leader for almost 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 supportive 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.

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NeighborWorks America - Member

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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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