Community Housing Partners (CHP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on creating homes and communities that are healthy, sustainable and affordable. Founded in Virginia, CHP now has properties and programs across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic and has been serving clients for nearly 50 years.
CHP Energy Solutions, a division of CHP, implements healthier, safer and more energy-efficient homes through federal, state and utility-sponsored programs and operates a leading Research and Training Center.
A lot has changed in those five decades, and CHP Energy Solutions realized that the systems and processes that it had relied on for years were now holding it back. CHP’s Executive Team approved a strategic plan to invest in and upgrade its infrastructure, and RSM was selected to guide CHP Energy Solutions through this digital transformation.
“Partnering with RSM was one of our key critical project decisions to leverage a high level of expertise and extensive experience for our growing organization.” —Chase Counts, Senior Director of Operations
CHP’s origins and reach
In 1975, two concerned citizens organized college students and faculty from Blacksburg, Virginia to help low-income families with minor home repairs. And thus, Project Home Repair (as it was then known) was born. Over the years, the organization grew to offer weatherization services, general contracting, rental housing preservation and development, property management, homeownership and realty programs.
By 2014, CHP’s reach had grown and there was a need to establish an energy-efficient division to oversee existing and new programs. CHP Energy Solutions currently implements programs in Virginia and West Virginia through the Federal Weatherization Program and utility-sponsored programs. In addition, the CHP Energy Solution Research and Training Center provides building science education and custom trainings throughout the US and globally.
From only a handful of volunteers in 1975, CHP now has more than 380 employees serving households across multiple divisions, including real estate development, construction, property management, resident services, realty and homeownership and energy services and training.