CSAH Mission: To lead the effort to build and sustain community practices to eliminate homelessness.
The Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless (CSAH) was created in 1989 to partner with nonprofit service providers, government, business and the community to assist the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. The mission of CSAH is to lead the effort to build and sustain community practices to eliminate homelessness. CSAH collaborates and develops a continuum of services for the homeless including child and family development, low income housing development, community outreach, case management, education, training, literacy support, employment, health and nutrition, transportation, and behavioral health services.
Annually in Chatham County we assist over 4,000 individuals, youth and families. Additionally, CSAH works with community leaders to educate the public about why homelessness occurs and how to work together to solve these pressing issues. Our most recent homeless count (for the calendar year 2014) reveals 3,997 homeless persons. This includes 717 children and youth, 1127 women and 2153 men (285 of these adults are veterans). This count does not include 800+ homeless children enrolled in our public schools as they do not meet HUD definition of homeless (but are considered homeless by our public school system).
Unduplicated homeless counts from 1993 to 2014 reveal annual counts from a low of 2793 to a high of 6511. These counts are reflective of changes in the economy and it can be reasonably stated that we have consistently had 4000 homeless individuals in our community for more than two decades. Important services have been developed through the Chatham-Savannah Continuum of Care during this period. CSAH is now working to strengthen community housing options for extremely low income homeless persons. We are also adjusting our perspective based on evidence based practice tied to what works and what does not work with respect to reducing and eliminating homelessness.