Human Services

Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless

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aka CSAH or Homeless Authority

SAVANNAH, GA

Mission

To lead the effort to build and sustain community practices to eliminate homelessness. Our work to address COVID-19 within the homeless community: CSAH recognizes that individuals who are homeless are at a greater risk for contracting COVID-19 and often experience worse outcomes due to the virus. To this end, we have established several emergency efforts to prevent and slow down transmission of COVID-19 in local homeless communities, including: handwashing stations throughout the county, educating individuals living in homeless camps, and distributing hygiene supplies (e.g., hand sanitizer, gloves, masks) to homeless communities. We have also established an eviction prevention fund to help prevent homelessness for those experiencing COVID-19 related job loss.

Ruling Year

1993

Executive Director

Cindy Murphy Kelley

Main Address

PO BOX 8936

SAVANNAH, GA 31412 USA

Keywords

Direct Service Homeless Population, Advocacy

EIN

58-1928701

 Number

6548986700

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless is dedicated to ending homelessness in Chatham County, Georgia. Due primarily to a severe lack of affordable housing in the region, homeless numbers have remained stubbornly high for the past decade. More than 4,000 individuals access services at local homeless-serving organizations each year and the most recent point-in-time count (2018) identified more than 1,000 individuals living unsheltered, mostly in one of the dozens of unregulated homeless camps throughout the county.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tiny House Project

City 54 - Supportive Housing Program

Street Outreach

Case Management

Lead Agency: Chatham-Savannah Continuum of Care (CoC)

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of houses built

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people,

Veterans

Related program

Tiny House Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

CSAH built and furnished 23 tiny homes for veterans experiencing homelessness in 2019 and plans to build 24 more in 2020-2021.

Number of households furnished

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people,

Veterans

Related program

Tiny House Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

CSAH built and furnished 23 tiny homes for veterans experiencing homelessness in 2019 and plans to build 24 more in 2020-2021.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless, as the lead agency for the Chatham County Continuum of Care, has identified five core goals to accomplish from 2020-2025: 1. Enhance the current crisis response system that prevents homelessness whenever possible. 2. Create, grow, and maintain affordable housing for households who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. 3. Create a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate menu of services for youth who experience homelessness to prevent them from becoming the next generation of homeless adults. 4. Engage public and private systems to create one or more solutions to the public health issue of allowing 35+ camps without running water, sanitary sewer, or garbage pick-up to exist in our community. 5. Create a healthy, efficient and cost-effective nonprofit service system for the homeless population.

The Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless works collaboratively with all homeless service providers in Chatham County to ensure each of the 2020-2025 goals can be met. Our core strategies are: 1. Strengthen permanent housing opportunities. CSAH is a strong advocate for expanding affordable, permanent housing, which is the most effective way to reduce and prevent homelessness. In addition to supporting permanent housing through advocacy, CSAH manages City 54, a program that provides supportive housing and rental assistance for 54 local households in which the primary resident has an identified special need. Most recently, CSAH has expanded on this goal by launching the Tiny House project, which provides permanent housing for 47 homeless veterans. 2. Meet the unmet needs of persons experiencing homelessness. CSAH assists persons experiencing homelessness with services such as street outreach, intensive case management, transportation and rental assistance, self-sufficiency planning, and resource referrals for education, employment, food, temporary shelter, and medical care. CSAH staff are dispersed throughout the county to best meet homeless persons where they live and congregate. 3. Increase community awareness of homelessness. CSAH uses local data and first-hand knowledge and experience to educate nearly 40 community groups annually on the prevalence, causes, and solutions to homelessness. As a leader in the fight to reduce homelessness, CSAH serves as a trusted advisor to local government officials on key policy and funding decisions related to care for homeless persons and best practices in homelessness prevention and reduction. 4. Enhance nonprofit excellence to better serve persons experiencing homelessness. CSAH provides overall leadership for the Homeless Continuum of Care, a 21-member community board comprised of nonprofit agencies and community leaders that provides supportive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. CSAH strengthens collaboration among these service providers and builds organizational capacity to provide quality programs and evidence-based practices for homeless persons.

The Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless was established by the Georgia Legislature in 1989 to coordinate and evaluate the efforts of public and private agencies addressing homelessness and its effects in Chatham County. Over the past 30 years, CSAH has achieved the state’s directive by working collaboratively with nonprofit, business, and government partners to improve the lives of the often-forgotten homeless men, women, and children in Chatham County, GA. With 18 staff, 14 dedicated board members, and hundreds of volunteers, CSAH coordinates the efforts of a 21-member board that provides strategic planning for all homeless care and prevention services in the county, spearheads local education and advocacy efforts, and partners with social service organizations to provide direct support services for more than 4,000 individuals each year.

The Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless (CSAH), Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Coordinated Entry System (CES) work in tandem to track, analyze, inform stakeholders, and to support Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) priorities for homeless resident housing placements and related supports. The CSAH CES system was custom designed to address homelessness in Chatham County Georgia. The HMIS system, called ClientTrack is a web-based program used throughout Georgia and driven by the State of Georgia via the Department of Community Affairs. The HMIS enables staff at Emergency Shelters, feeding sites, medical facilities, and mental health facilities access to comprehensive homeless data. Chatham County HMIS data is included in statewide data collection about homelessness and annually reflects progress made by our CoC in reducing the homeless population.

Over the past three decades, the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless has successfully coordinated the efforts of Chatham County’s homeless service providers and worked collaboratively with partners to deliver direct services to more than 4,000 individuals each year. As we look toward the future, we plan to strengthen existing partnerships so that we may better meet the needs of the individuals we serve. Our hope is that, through all Continuum of Care partners, we will work together to prevent and end homelessness by ensuring the availability of permanent, affordable housing and support services.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

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?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/12/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female
Sexual Orientation
Decline to state
Disability Status
Decline to state

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

No data

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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