Meet the resilient.
Community Housing Network meets each resident where they are, so we can help them get where they want to go. And while the journey is different for each person, it always starts with home.
These are the stories of just a few people who call a CHN property home:
When she first met her CHN service coordinator, Sheila was struggling—with drug addiction, health issues, paying rent, and finding food. Sheila’s untreated addiction had led to her losing her job, a crushing blow in anyone’s life. Her circumstances, and mental and physical health, were all suffering. She needed some support to get back on her feet.
A resident at CHN’s Inglewood Court, Sheila was connected with an on-site service coordinator as soon as she signed her lease. Together they figured out a plan and began to address each issue, one by one. First, a revised resume that enabled Sheila to apply for local job opportunities. Second, obtaining food assistance benefits and health insurance so Sheila could access proper nutrition and care. Third, connecting Sheila to AA so she could work on her sobriety. Finally, receiving a rent reduction to make monthly payments affordable. Every step of the way, the service coordinator served as Sheila’s safety net and support system, reminding her of her innate resilience, connecting her to useful resources, and helping her achieve stability.
Today, Sheila is not only steadily employed full-time, she’s even putting some of her earnings away for the future. With medical insurance and addiction services, she’s been able to improve her physical and mental health, and achieve sobriety. After going through her own traumas, Sheila now shares her hard-won confidence and positivity by providing peer support to other residents in her building.
Antonio, it seemed, had it all: a home, a satisfying career, and multiple college degrees. In his off-time, he ministered to his faith community and taught Latin. He was smart, successful, and service-minded. And then everything Antonio had achieved crumbled with the onset of schizophrenia.
His disease disrupted his ability to work. Without an income, he couldn’t keep up with his mortgage. Before long, Antonio was jobless and homeless. Untreated and alone. Thanks to a prudent intervention, Antonio came to CHN in 1990. With safe housing and supportive services, Antonio has worked on recovering, both from his disease and the trauma it inflicted.
Through mental illness and loss, Antonio has not only endured, he has thrived. Back to being the vibrant individual he was before schizophrenia derailed him, Antonio now spends time playing the keyboard, writing letters, visiting friends and family, and helping other residents with computer skills. With stability and support, Antonio now lives a life in which he is active, connected, and fulfilled.
The first thing one notices about Fletcher is his huge smile. The second is his exuberant laugh. “I am personality,” he declares with a chuckle.
Fletcher has lived at CHN’s Briggsdale property since it opened in 2006—he likes to describe himself as “the OG” of the building. In more than a decade of residency, he has transformed his apartment into a home full of character and cheer. He shows off the antique table and rug that once occupied his grandma’s house, and loves to talk about his latest vintage finds.
Fletcher’s demeanor belies the hard work he’s put into healing. With ongoing care and therapy, he’s been able to manage his anxiety and depression. Along with faith and optimism, gratitude keeps him stable and moving forward. “I feel very fortunate to have been helped and to have grown,” he says.
In our 30+ years, Community Housing Network has built more than housing. We’ve built a model that affirms the resiliency and resourcefulness of each individual we serve. We’ve built a network of expert support providers ready to fill every need. And most of all, we’ve opened countless doors for residents to build meaningful, purposeful lives.
We know that what we do works. We see it in residents who call a CHN building home for many years—and in those who leave CHN ready to rent or buy on their own. We see it in those who’ve broken the cycle of domestic abuse—and in those who nurture healthy kids in our family units. We see it in everyone who stands a little taller because they know they have solid ground beneath their feet and support by their side.
Between 2015 and 2020, an average of 96% of CHN residents maintained permanent housing, and 98% of those who moved out did not return to homelessness.