August 2018
Roberts Report: A different approach to creating affordable housing
Every year the National Low Income Housing Coalition releases its “Out of Reach” report showing how much you need to earn to afford a modest apartment in your county. And every year Westchester County and Long Island rank among the least affordable places to live.

Buried in the report, however, I found evidence that should cause us to question the cost-effectiveness of the nation’s largest program to develop affordable housing, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC). This complicated subsidy gives investors dollar-for-dollar tax credits based upon the cost of affordable housing development, costing the U.S. Department of the Treasury about $8 billion per year. 

A 37% high school graduation rate in Hempstead
CHI Executive Director Alexander Roberts has written extensively about the unfairness of having so many school districts that promote economic and racial segregation. This excellent documentary about Hempstead schools by Carolyn Gusoff of WCBS shows that the state must become more heavily involved in ensuring that all of our public school children get good educations.
Client Highlight

Brigida Cruz graduated from the Medical Assistant program at Hunter Business School on June 18, 2018, after being referred by Danny Rodriguez, Educational Specialist at the Workforce Development Center (WDC), a CHI family shelter in Suffolk County. She is the first referred client to successfully complete a program at Hunter Business School since the WDC opened. 

Brigida and her family were living in Florida when Hurricane Maria flooded their home and left them homeless. At that time, they came to New York to stay with family but were not able to live with family permanently. They were placed with CHI at the WDC, where educational and vocational activities are offered. Shortly after she arrived, she met with Danny who gave her a brochure for Hunter. She discussed her interest in the medical assistant program with him and he set up an appointment with admissions. She enrolled in the program, attended all the classes and graduated.

We are so proud of her. Congratulations Brigida!
Register for September Homebuyer Orientations Today
First-time homebuyer orientations provide an overview of CHI's services, the steps to homeownership and the resources available to you as you begin your journey to homeownership.

We offer HUD-approved housing counseling and down payment and rehabilitation assistance grants, generally in the amount of $25,000, to qualified first-time homebuyers. Learn more here.


Government cuts have made your assistance more vital than ever. Your financial support enables CHI to meet the increased need for housing and services, especially to the children of our communities. 

Community Housing Innovations, Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing housing and human services that support social and economic independence.

With offices in White Plains, Patchogue and Hempstead