San Francisco’s Formerly Homeless Taught Green Skills

Since 2007, more formerly homeless San Franciscans are becoming leaders in recycling and environmental awareness thanks to the work of Community Housing Partnership (CHP). The SFGate recently chronicled our grant recipient whose Recycling and Environmental Awareness Program is garnering attention in its efforts to educate previously homeless participants in environmental stewardship and resource management.

Residents enrolled in CHP’s REA Program are trained to teach compost collection and recycling practices to their neighbors. Participants also learn about resource conservation, environmental justice and urban agriculture, and receive basic job support to help prepare them for work in the green economy. “Since beginning its Recycling and Environmental Awareness Program in 2007, Community Housing Partnership has minted 100 activists…all residents of supportive housing.”

Community Housing Partnership is the only non-profit organization in San Francisco who exclusively works to provide permanent and supportive housing to previously homeless individuals and families. They strive to break the cycle of homelessness by strengthening community, encouraging self-determination and involving tenants in every aspect of the organization. To learn more about their programs and latest news, please visit their website here.

Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle / SF

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