Member Spotlight: Community HousingWorks

Community HousingWorks (CHW) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that develops, rehabilitates, preserves and operates affordable apartment communities in San Diego and throughout California. CHW owns over 3,600 apartments in 42 communities statewide, serving nearly 10,000 working families, children, veterans, and seniors.

Their unique approach extends beyond an affordable place to call home. In addition to providing working families and seniors with stable homes in healthy communities, they layer in powerful programs, services and connections to resources. These tools help people attain financial stability, improve their health and overall well-being, and set school-age children up for success in the classroom and beyond.

Under the umbrella of Next Generation Success, their Study Stars program helps over 200 K-5th graders achieve grade-level literacy and access other academic supports. Their Achievers Club is a leadership development and mentorship program for high school youth, and our VALOR Scholarship annually awards 30+ residents with scholarship support for their post-secondary pursuits.

Each year, CHW awards the VALOR Scholarship to high achieving CHW residents who want to pursue post-secondary education opportunities. The VALOR Scholarship is for students of all ages and can be applied to community colleges, four-year universities, career and technical certifications, GED programs, military education, and more. VALOR Scholarships can be used for education-related expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, books and school supplies. Last year, 33 students received scholarships under the program. This year’s virtual Scholarship Celebration will take place on June 12, 2021.

CHW is resident-centered and invests in true communities for the long-term. In resident focus groups, CHW residents valued living in true communities, defined as communities where people knew their neighbors, and looked out for and helped each other. CHW homes are platforms for residents to overcome obstacles and succeed, and people are proud to call CHW home. Residents feel a sense of inclusion, belonging, and opportunity. All while CHW listens to, communicates, and engages with residents. They invest in residents and their success.

To learn more about Community HousingWorks, please visit their website https://chworks.org/. To learn more about becoming a VALOR Scholarship sponsor please visit https://chworks.org/valor-scholarship-celebration.