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 26 community- and faith-based housing developers and 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 a comprehensive housing framework and substantial funding to meet the need for affordable housing. Our issue scope reflects the broad community-building missions of our members, addressing not only funding, but also 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 San Francisco’s 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:

  • PROTECTING tenants, in our coalition work with the San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition and United for Housing Justice;

  • PRESERVING our invaluable stock of affordable, rent-controlled and SRO housing, by rebuilding the City’s public housing and creating a robust Small Sites preservation program  to help tenants and nonprofits buy buildings that are being targeted for eviction;

  • PRODUCING new housing for our future generations, by dedicating public sites, expanding the city’s affordable housing funding sources, and meeting the increasing impact of the housing crisis on middle-income earners through inclusionary units and new teacher housing programs.