Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless

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aka CSAH or Homeless Authority   |   SAVANNAH, GA   |  https://www.homelessauthority.org

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 info

1993

Executive Director

Cindy Murphy Kelley

Associate Director

Janice Sheffield

Main address

PO BOX 8936

SAVANNAH, GA 31412 USA

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EIN

58-1928701

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 identified more than 1,000 individuals living unsheltered, mostly in one of the dozens of unregulated homeless camps throughout the county.

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?

Tiny House Project

Welcome to the Tiny House Project in Savannah, GA!
The Tiny House Project is an effort dedicated to reducing veteran homelessness in Chatham County, Georgia. The tiny house community, called the Cove at Dundee, will 36 permanent homes for veterans. The Cove at Dundee also includes 2 clubhouses, a tiny medical clinic, and gardens. The Tiny House Project is based on the Housing First Model. This model is a cost-effective and evidence-based approach to ending homelessness.

As of February 2021, 23 homes, 1 medical clinic, and 1 clubhouse have been built and all homes are occupied. Additionally, the infrastructure for the third village is finished and building has begun. Village 3 will include 12 homes and 1 clubhouse.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Homeless people

CSAH subcontracts with the City of Savannah to serve 54 households where the primary resident has an identified special need and was previously homeless. Using the Housing First model and a Harm Reduction emphasis, CSAH provides case management, referrals to supportive services, and rental assistance to residents living in units across the City of Savannah.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Homeless people

CSAH staff go into the community where individuals experiencing homelessness live and congregate to offer assistance, supplies, and referrals. Outreach occurs in homeless camps, under bridges, in abandoned buildings and on the street.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

CSAH staff provide intensive case work with individuals to address a variety of issues that lead to homelessness. Case managers provide resources and counseling to help individuals with medical concerns, chemical health assessments, mental health assessments, life planning, and food, clothing, and shelter options.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

CSAH provides overall leadership and support for the Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) in Chatham County, Georgia. The CoC is led by a community board. Nonprofit agencies providing supportive services to homeless individuals and families are members of the CoC. Services includes emergency shelter, supportive housing, food, clothing, health care, and case management. CSAH also writes and secures the annual U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding request for the Chatham County CoC. In 2019, these funds were allocated to six organizations in the amount of $3,383,018.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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 houses built

This metric is no longer tracked.
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 12 more in 2021.

Number of households furnished

This metric is no longer tracked.
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 12 more in 2021.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

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.

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.

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless

Board of directors
as of 2/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Miller

Retired


Board co-chair

Julian Miller

Former Alderman, City of Savannah

John Miller

Retired

Lynn Coleman

Housing Authority of Savannah

Sharon Hill

Savannah Chatham Public School System

Carolyn Hughes

Georgia Department of Labor

Josua Rine

Union Mission

Angela Grant

Park Place Outreach

Jeff Rayno

Realtor, Weichert Realtors – Stanford & Company

Shawn Brown

Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Janet Kniss

BRW Construction Group, LLC

Toby Browne

Comprehensive Business Partners

Jennifer Fordham

Kurtis Purtee

Savannah City Council Alderman, 6th District

Linda Wilder-Bryan

Savannah City Council Alderwoman, 3rd District

Jennifer Davenport

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 01/16/2021

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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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data