The Community Housing Assistance Program was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization on March 23, 1992. CHAP has been in existence serving individuals in Warren County for over 26 years. In Ohio, county boards of developmental disabilities work with a nonprofit housing board in order to provide housing for individuals needing residential services. All individuals living in CHAP homes are individuals with developmental disabilities. CHAP is their landlord. CHAP homes are not licensed group homes and staff do not live in the homes. Staff support is provided by certified providers chosen by the residents in the homes, and supports are provided based upon individual needs.
The Community Housing Assistance Program currently owns more than 88 homes and manages 4 homes owned by the Warren County Board of DD.
Individuals pay 30% of their income in rent and receive rental subsidy as needed from either Section 8 voucher or Warren County Board of DD.
Types of Homes CHAP owns/manages:
- 41 single family homes
- 1 single family home (2 bedroom home)
- 2 six unit apartment complexes
- 30 duplexes (2-3 bedrooms on each side)
- 1 patio home (1/2 of a duplex)
- 2 condominiums
- Revenue is derived primarily from rental income.
- House Purchases have been made using capital housing grants from the Ohio Department of DD, mortgage loans, cash assets, and grant funds from Warren County Board of DD.
- CHAP operates with a 7 member Board of Trustees – all members of the Warren County community.
- An Annual Operating Contract between Warren County Board of DD and CHAP spells out duties/relationship of both boards.
How do individuals access CHAP homes?
- Individuals must be eligible for Warren County Board of DD services in order to reside in CHAP housing. Generally, openings in CHAP homes happen one bedroom at a time, rather than having an entire house open. In other words – one resident moves out and a new resident would move in with existing tenants. Individuals interested in living in a CHAP home must be residents of Warren County and must have resources such as waivers or other funding to support their staffing needs. Individuals must work with their Service Coordinators to facilitate roommate match options.
- Individuals must have resources to pay rent, utilities, personal expenses, etc., so part of the process of moving into the home means ensuring these resources are in place. This might be Section 8 rental assistance, food stamps, social security income, income from working, etc.
For information about the Community Housing Assistance Program, please contact Jennifer Schaal, our Housing and Contracted Service Coordinator at Jennifer.Schaal@warrencountydd.org
For Rent Questions, please contact Penny Pope, our Community Resource Fiscal Specialist at Penny.Pope@warrencountydd.org