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

Experience

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

Our Impact

Building & Preserving Affordable Housing
homes developed
Advancing Home Ownership
new low-income homeowners
Improving Housing Stability
families served each year
Reducing 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

Key (Tier One) 2021 Funding Partners:

  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital, LLC
  • Capital Impact Partners
  • City of Cleveland
  • City of Detroit
  • City of East Cleveland
  • Cleveland Development Advisors
  • Cleveland Foundation
  • Cuyahoga County
  • CVS / Aetna
  • Dominion
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • ESL Foundation of Rochester
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • FiveStar Bank
  • George Gund Foundation
  • Housing Partnership Network
  • Humana
  • Huntington National Bank
  • JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • KeyBank / KeyBank Foundation
  • The Leviticus Fund
  • Mount Sinai Foundation
  • National Development Council
  • NeighborWorks America
  • New York State Homes and Community Renewal
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • NYSERDA Energy Loan Fund
  • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH/OCIC)
  • Ohio Housing Finance Agency
  • Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
  • PNC Bank / PNC Foundation
  • RBC Community Investments
  • RiverHills Bank
  • Rochester Land Bank Corporation
  • Saint Luke's Foundation
  • Sherwin Williams Foundation
  • State of Ohio
  • United Way of Greater Cleveland
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
  • Village Capital Corporation
  • Weinberg Foundation
  • Westfield Insurance Foundation

All 2021 Funding Partners: