The mission of Homes First is to provide safe, healthy, affordable rental homes for those who need them most.

Homes First is a CHDO organization.

A “CHDO” (pronounced “CHO-DOE”) is a Community-Based Housing Development Organization–a special status which the government grants to nonprofit community organizations engaged in housing development activities that benefit low and moderate income families. To become a CHDO, an organization must apply to its local city or county government (if the organization is located in an urban area), or the state (if the organization is located in a rural area). There are several significant benefits of becoming a CHDO, including access to government funding and property tax exemptions.

We Value:

Because it…

Success

begins at home:  People who live in a home do better at work and are more engaged with the world around them.

Education

begins at home:  Children in stable homes learn and achieve more in school.  A home helps level the playing field.  Children deserve a chance to succeed in school and in life, which all begins with their family being able to afford a decent place to live.

Good Health

begins at home:  Healthy habits are more accessible when you live in a stable, affordable home.  Children get the healthy start they need.

Public Safety

begins at home:  When people have a home they can count on, a stronger sense of community keeps streets, neighborhoods, and communities safer.

A Strong Economy

begins at home:  At all income levels, people living in a home can afford more.  Local job growth and a strong economy start at home.  It should be possible for working people to afford housing and still have enough money for the basics like groceries, gas, and childcare.

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It’s better for society, the environment, and families if people can afford to live close to where they work.  You need to start at home to realize the promise of a vibrant community.