In 1981 a group of community development corporations (CDCs) joined together to address housing abandonment and lack of affordable housing in the city of Cleveland, Ohio. They formed the Cleveland Housing Network to salvage vacant homes and create a pathway to home ownership for low-income neighborhood residents. Since then, our organization has evolved and changed significantly— including our name.
In 1987 CHN used the newly created Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) to create the LIHTC-based Lease Purchase Program, a 15-year pathway to home ownership for families who could not afford to purchase. Over the years we expanded into multi-family and permanent supportive housing, partnered with organizations to deliver large-scale housing resources to the community, and opened a community resource center for housing and financial counseling.
Today we develop an average 170 affordable homes each year and serve 30,000 families annually through nearly 20 housing stability services.
What's in a Name?
In 2017 we changed our name to CHN Housing Partners to better reflect our commitment to partnering with others—both in Cleveland, Ohio and neighboring states—to preserve and expand the supply of critically needed affordable housing in our country.
Cleveland is our home town, where we have built a 36-year track record in affordable housing. We are using that track record to partner with others in the areas of real estate development, property management, and LIHTC Lease Purchase consulting and partner services.
Today, CHN partners with other housing owners and organizations in parts of Ohio, Indiana, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia where the need for affordable housing exists but capacity does not.
By addressing the most critical housing needs of our region, we are better positioned to impact the quality of life, create equitable communities, and increase opportunities for low-income and underserved communities.