Who We Are

CHN is a highly seasoned, nonprofit affordable housing developer and housing service provider that works with its partners to solve major housing challenges for low-income people and underserved communities. We partner with cities and organizations to deliver housing solutions for their constituents. We partner with utility companies, financial institutions, and public agencies to manage and deliver large-scale housing resources to the community. We partner with people—low-income individuals, families, seniors, the disabled and the homeless—to improve their housing stability.

Through our partnerships we have developed over 7,000 affordable homes, and each year serve over 50,000 families through a wide array of housing services.

We work in Ohio and neighboring states to preserve and expand affordable housing, building equitable communities. By investing in affordable housing, we are investing in families, communities and the economy. We are investing in the power of a permanent address.

Principles of Our Work

  • 1 Entrepreneurial Culture - Willingness to take calculated risks in support of our mission
  • 2 Solutions-driven - Ability to customize integrated housing solutions
  • 3 Sense of Urgency - Knowing how to swiftly operationalize and execute when rapid response is vital
  • 4 Collaboration-oriented - Working through coalitions to achieve scale and impact
  • 5 Client-centered - Focused on achieving impact for our partners, the community and those we serve


Housing Development & Property Management
Home Ownership Programs
Safety Nets & Supports
Energy Services
Housing/Financial Counseling & Education

Our Impact

Building & Preserving Affordable Housing
homes developed
Advancing Home Ownership
new low-income homeowners
Improving Housing Stability
families served each year
Ending Chronic Homelessness
drop in chronic homeless counts

Why Housing Matters

Every year, millions of people look for ways to move out of poverty. We believe stable, affordable housing is the platform from which they can succeed. We know the power of a permanent address can improve a child’s health, increase a parent’s job opportunities, improve a student’s education and revitalize a struggling neighborhood. By investing in affordable housing, we are investing in families, communities, and the economy. We are investing in the power of a permanent address. 

"Stable, affordable housing serves as the first vaccine in a series to ensuring healthy people and communities. You need good education, public safety, and decent jobs as well, but if you don't start with housing first, none of those interventions will work well."

Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, Boston University

Funding Partners

* $50,000 or more

  • Cinnaire
  • City of Cleveland
  • Cleveland Foundation
  • Cleveland Public Power
  • Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp.
  • Cuyahoga County
  • Dominion Energy
  • Enterprise Community Investment
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • FHLB of Chicago
  • FHLB of Cincinnati
  • FHLB of Indianapolis
  • FHLB of Pittsburgh
  • FirstEnergy
  • The George Gund Foundation
  • Housing Partnership Network
  • Huntington Bank
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank
  • JP Morgan Chase Foundation
  • New York Community Bank
  • KeyBank & KeyBank Foundation
  • Key Community Development Corporation
  • McGregor & McGregor Foundation
  • National Development Council
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • Ohio Housing Finance Agency
  • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
  • Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy
  • PNC & PNC Foundation
  • PR Mortgage
  • Saint Luke’s Foundation
  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development
  • U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • United Way of Greater Cleveland
  • Westfield Foundation