BUILDING FUTURES. ONE FAMILY AT A TIME.
Mission Founded in 1997, the mission of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing (CCIH) is to provide permanent, affordable housing and vital support services to homeless and at-risk families and individuals in Contra Costa County.
What We Do CCIH partners with affordable housing developers to provide a combination of housing that is affordable to extremely low income Contra Costa residents and on-site support services that help to stabilize and build self-sufficiency. Our programs are evidence-based and achieve positive, measurable impacts.
Who We Serve CCIH serves families and individuals who are impacted by
poverty and other challenges. Many
have been homeless and are impacted by various disabilities.
Our values We strive to be inclusive, compassionate, and responsive to community needs. Our work is accomplished by maintaining integrity, accountability, and faith.
SERVICE PHILOSOPHY CCIH strives to provide the tools and support to those we serve in order to assist them to be as self-reliant and healthy as possible. When approached by clients for assistance we ask ourselves, “Can they do it themselves? What would they need to be able to do it themselves?” We support communities to create their own solutions. We strive to empower them to be as independent as possible.
Local Impact CCIH is providing permanent solutions to family homelessness in Contra Costa County. CCIH’s Garden Park Apartments reduces the number of nights that individuals spend in shelters or on the streets by 25,000 nights per year. The on-site support services we provide help high-risk families stabilize and become healthy families and contributing members of society. Since 2004, over 90% of our tenants have remained permanently housed. CCIH measures many indicators of self-reliance and youth success. To date, 100% of the formerly homeless high school students who have lived at Garden Park Apartments have completed high school.
Cost effectiveness The Garden Park Apartments program costs approximately $23,000 per year per family – for both the subsidized housing and all support services. By comparison, it costs California taxpayers $50,000 per inmate per year to be housed in state prisons. It is estimated that Garden Park Apartments has saved millions of dollars in high-cost services such as criminal justice, crisis centers, shelters, emergency room visits, and child welfare – by providing affordable housing and services.
Current ProGrams Garden Park Apartments (Pleasant Hill): This apartment complex is home to 27 formerly homeless families. Many of these families have lived on the streets and in shelters, and their children have moved from school to school. Many have never had stable housing. Families pay 30% of their gross income for rent and hold a lease; they may live at Garden Park for as long as they need to, providing they meet the requirements of their lease. CCIH co-owns Garden Park Apartments with Mercy Housing California. Garden Park Apartments opened in December 2004 and is the first and only permanent supportive housing program that is designated for all formerly homeless families with parents who have disabilities.
Bella Monte Apartments (Bay Point) is a 52 unit apartment complex located in Bay Point, Los Medanos Village (Pittsburg) is a 71 unit apartment complex located in Pittsburg, both of these sites are owned by Resources for Community Development (RCD). These programs offer affordable housing to low-income families. CCIH offers afterschool programs, case management, and mental health services to these families and their children with the goals of helping them remain housed, increase self-reliance, and succeed academically.
HIV/AIDS Housing Advocacy Program is CCIH’s newest program. CCIH assists people living with HIV/AIDS to secure permanent housing and provides support services to help them to remain stable in housing.
Lakeside Apartments (Concord) is a 124 unit affordable housing program owned by RCD. Beginning this fall, CCIH started providing case management and youth enrichment services to this predominately Spanish speaking local community.
Garden Park Expansion Project CCIH plans to expand our Garden Park Community Building. This 2700 sq. ft. addition will ease the overcrowding at Homework Club, provide space and privacy for staff/tenant counseling, expand the computer center and add one 2- bedroom apartment for a family in need. CCIH is currently engaged in a capital campaign to raise $250,000 to complete the project. Construction will begin this fall.