April 2021: Community Housing Partners (CHP)
Founded in 1975, Community Housing Partners (CHP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that builds, manages, and upgrades quality, service-enriched, energy efficient homes for individuals and families across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Building on a long-standing tradition of environmental, economic, and social responsibility, CHP works together with public and private partners to revitalize communities, foster stability for residents, and promote a healthier planet for future generations.
CHP’s 350 employees deliver a wide range of services, including real estate development, energy services and training, asset management, property management, realty and homeownership, and comprehensive resident services. CHP champions housing stability based on the core values of resilience, impact, stewardship, and equity.
CHP is a chartered member of NeighborWorks America and a member of Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises (FAHE), Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), and the Housing Partnership Network (HPN). CHP has invested more than $410 million in communities through real estate development.
Key Energy Efficiency Related Work
CHP’s Energy Solutions division promotes healthier, safer, more energy efficient built environments by providing energy audits, inspections, energy performance upgrades, and building science education.
CHP Weatherization helps low-income individuals and families reduce energy burdens by improving the energy efficiency and health of their homes using the federal Weatherization Assistance Program and other funding sources. Since 1976, our weatherization team has performed energy audits and repairs to home heating and cooling systems, especially for households with elderly residents, individuals with disabilities, and families with children.
We partner with electric and gas utilities across the state to administer energy efficiency programs that reduce energy burdens and increase comfort, health, and safety for their income-qualifying residential customers. These programs include an energy audit and installed upgrades, such as insulation, air sealing, HVAC upgrades, LED bulbs, and low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. CHP Energy Solutions currently partners with eight Virginia electric and gas utility companies and cooperatives to deliver these programs at no cost to the residential customer.
Research and Training Center
The Research and Training Center extends the knowledge and skills of the Energy Solutions team to weatherization and energy efficiency professionals across the country through building science and energy conservation education and certifications. Since 1999, the Training Center has reached more than 36,000 students across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.
In 2019 CHP weatherized 6,081 homes, trained 833 professionals in building science, administered energy efficiency programs for eight Virginia utility companies, provided stable rental housing for 11,274 residents and additional services to 2,878 residents, prepared 285 people for home ownership, and invested $61,830,633 in homes that meet green standards.
A growing organization, Community Housing Partners was named one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Virginia by Virginia Business and one of the top 50 affordable housing developers of 2019 by Affordable Housing Finance magazine.
Learn more about Community Housing Partners at www.communityhousingpartners.org.