Our Mission

The Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO) has been leading the affordable housing movement in San Francisco since 1978.  We fight for funding and policies that shape urban development and empower low-income and working-class communities.

As a nonprofit coalition of 25 community-based housing developers and tenant advocates, CCHO (known as “Choo Choo”) crafts actionable public policy and supports resident leadership to create long-term change. We are dedicated to the vision of a San Francisco Bay Area where all residents can afford to live, work, and thrive.

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.

The work of our member organizations has resulted in nearly 30,000 units of affordable housing, as well as thousands of construction and permanent jobs for city residents.

CCHO is the only group in San Francisco working on a comprehensive set of solutions to the city’s affordability crisis for everyone.

  • CCHO is hard at work to jump-start the city’s affordable housing pipeline, with a goal of starting 3,000 new low-income homes by 2020.
  • Our CCHO member organizations, both housing developers and tenant advocates, are fully engaged in the rebuilding of 6,000 units of public housing, working together to make sure it gets done the right way, with full tenant protections and participation, adequate resources, and wraparound supportive services.
  •  As the crisis hits people at ever higher income levels, we are working with private developers to ensure that they build up to 1,000 on-site middle income units over the next six years.
  •  We recently saw the city’s new small-sites program, a project dear to our hearts, go into effect to help tenants and nonprofits buy buildings that are being targeted for eviction and turning them into permanently affordable homes.
  • Finally, we are working on ballot campaigns for November aimed at providing more funding and land for affordable housing.