California’s Experts in Sustainable Affordable Housing Finance and Policy
Created by the Legislature in 1988 as a private nonprofit organization with a public mission, the California Housing Partnership (the Partnership) plays a unique role in California’s struggle to provide housing that is sustainable and affordable to working families, homeless, veterans, seniors and the disabled.
The California Housing Partnership is unique in combining on-the-ground technical assistance with policy leadership at the state and national level to increase the supply of affordable homes in California. The Partnership is a “do-and-think-tank” that uses the experience gained from helping numerous nonprofit and local government partners leverage $30 billion to create 85,000 affordable and sustainable homes over the past 30 years to provide expert finance and policy technical assistance. We are the trusted advisor to these mission-driven organizations, helping them envision and execute multilayered plans for creating and preserving sustainable affordable rental housing. We are also the trusted advisor to many state leaders who implement laws and programs to provide necessary housing resources, and the state and local government housing organizations that allocate these resources.
What we learn from providing technical assistance and training to our partners directly informs our professional work affecting policy and systems change to improve and expand existing and new funding programs and proactively address housing affordability needs in California. The Partnership provides leadership in applied research statewide through publications, convenings and data tools facilitating housing policy development and outcomes tracking.
Colloquially known by longstanding partners as “CHPC” (for the California Housing Partnership Corporation), we are transitioning to refer to ourselves as “the Partnership” to better represent the full realm and relational nature of our work. Read more about Our Mission.
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Combining Technical Expertise with Advocacy Leadership
The California Housing Partnership is unique in combining on-the-ground technical assistance with advocacy leadership at the state and national level to increase the supply of affordable homes in California. What we learn from providing technical assistance and training to our partners directly informs our advocacy work to improve and expand existing funding programs and create new ones. In addition, the Partnership provides statewide publications and data tools to facilitate housing research and track outcomes.
The Shortfall of Affordable Homes is Exacerbating Poverty in California
1.2 million Californians with low incomes lack an affordable home. When housing costs are factored in, California has the highest percentage of people living in poverty of any state in the nation. Facing high and rising housing costs, families are forced to make impossible choices between paying rent and other essential needs like transportation, food, and healthcare. Read our Statewide Housing Need Report for more information about the critical role of housing access and affordability in reducing poverty in California.
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