Community Housing Innovations, Inc. provides housing and human services that support social and economic independence.
Community Housing Innovations (CHI) was established in 1991 as a response to the homeless crisis of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. During its first five years of operation on Long Island, CHI developed the first “supervised motel” model, bringing case management, safety and health standards and opened its first scattered site apartments for homeless families with case management to help them achieve permanent housing. A grant from Suffolk County enabled CHI to purchase five single-family homes for permanent housing. In Westchester, CHI established the Emergency Housing Apartment Program, purchased and/or leased 100 housing units, and purchased and rehabilitated 74 units at Kensico Gardens in White Plains for affordable housing.
Over the next 20 years, CHI maintained emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families while partnering with a number of social service agencies to purchase and renovate affordable homes. The goal is always to move people from emergency into permanent housing and equip them with the skills and supportive services to be successful. CHI has never been afraid to try innovative ideas to get to the root of homelessness and combat the lack of affordable housing.
Today, CHI guides families and individuals from homelessness to home by providing emergency and transitional housing with an array of supportive services and the end goal of finding our clients permanent homes. We strive to teach our clients the life skills necessary to maintain stability and economic and social independence. CHI owns and/or manages over 350 units of permanent housing, occupied by low or moderate income families and individuals, offers supportive permanent housing and transitional housing, provides down payment assistance to first-time homebuyers, and provides counseling and support to homeowners facing foreclosure to help them successfully secure a mortgage modification.