Accomplishments

CHS has a reputation for having programs that work. This reflects the strength and innovation of the CHS team and leadership. The agency has made the following noteworthy accomplishments under this leadership:

1983
Received $34,000 from the Gannett Foundation to begin services to the Community
1984
Received $13,000 from the Office of Aging and Adult Services to begin an Information and Referral Program
Chosen by HUD as one of three PA agencies and of 78 nationally to receive funding for implementing a Self Sufficiency Program
1986
Purchased its first apartment building for single parent families
1988
Purchased a second apartment building for single parent families
1989
Started a Lease Purchase Program with funding from DCA and William Penn Foundation
1990
Purchased the first property and entered into the first lease /purchase arrangement
1991
Entered a joint venture with a local citizen which developed Montgomery County’s first community of (24) subsidized single family homes for very low-income families
1988
Purchased a second apartment building for single parent families
1989
Started a Lease Purchase Program with funding from DCA and William Penn Foundation
1995
Was finalist in the Fannie Mae Foundation’s National Maxwell Award of Excellence in Providing Affordable Housing Programs
1996
Implemented Montgomery County’s first Homebuyers’ Education Program for low and moderate income people who wish to become homeowners
1997
Initiated a collaborative with an area health care partnership to make free physical and mental health services available to the County’s uninsured and under-insured population
Was selected by HUD and the County Commissioners to administer the STEPS Program for women and children who are victims of domestic violence
1998
Implemented Montgomery County’s first transitional housing with supportive services program for homeless single males (called Ezra House)
Assisted the 13th family with settlement on a home purchase through the lease/ purchase process
Pacesetter Award – North Penn United Way
1990
Purchased the first property and entered into the first lease /purchase arrangement
1991
Entered a joint venture with a local citizen which developed Montgomery County’s first community of (24) subsidized single family homes for very low-income families
1999
Purchased the building at 4th and Broad Streets in Lansdale to provide a permanent home for the CHS/ Montco Mercy Health and Wellness Center
Opened a thrift shop to raise funds for agency support
2000
Merged the resources of another agency into CHS’ program
2001
Director receives “Make a Difference Award” from Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Inc.
2003
Purchase of 311 North Broad Street as CHS’s new office home
Non-Profit Organization of the Year – North Penn Chamber of Commerce
2004
Opened the USDA Food Cupboard
Award of Excellence – North Penn United Way
Twenty Year Anniversary
2005
Reopened the thrift shop to raise funds for agency support
2006
Award of Excellence – North Penn United Way
Pacesetter Award – North Penn United Way