Leadership, Capacity Building & Public Policy for the Future of Affordable Housing
The Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO) has been in the forefront of the affordable housing movement in San Francisco since its founding in 1978. Its membership consists of 20 community-based nonprofit housing organizations and faith-based groups. Additionally, CCHO collaborates with many more community-based organizations through the Housing Justice network. CCHO’s mission has remained unchanged since its founding:
“To foster the development of permanently affordable low-income housing in San Francisco, under community control and through non-speculative means of ownership, with adequate provisions for tenant services and empowerment.”
CCHO’s overall goal is to create an effective affordable housing policy framework and adequate funding for the creation of affordable housing. Its issue scope reflects the broad community-building missions of its members, by addressing land use and zoning, employment and economic development, social services and environmental justice. A twin goal, essential in achieving the first, is to build the capacity of lower income and working class residents to determine their own priorities and carry out policies, strategies and development.