Contra Costa Interfaith Housing
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. To accomplish this, CCIH collaborates with affordable housing developers, private landlords, and an array of community-based providers in order to prevent homelessness, help people who are homeless acquire and keep permanent housing, and offer support services that assist highly vulnerable people to regain health, stability, and the dignity of self-reliance.
CCIH has both site-based programs within affordable housing complexes and scattered site housing in individual apartments and single-family homes throughout the county. In all programs, residents hold leases and pay a portion of their income to rent, based on the amount of their incomes and the level of subsidy available to them. Residents served by CCIH range from those who have been chronically homeless and live with other challenges such as mental illness, addiction, trauma, and life-threatening illnesses to working low-income families who are just a pay check away from homelessness. Support services range from eviction prevention, counseling, case management, mental health services for children and their families, afterschool academic homework clubs, parenting classes, employment workshops, community strengthening activities, preschool readiness, and brokerage of mainstream and community based services and resources.
CCIH opened its first program in December of 2004, serving 72 homeless people at one program. Since then, CCIH has grown to serving more than 1,100 residents across multiple programs and locations.