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 reveals 762 children and youth, 1305 women and 2126 men (300 of these adults are veterans).
Unduplicated homeless counts from 1993 to 2013 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 a decade. 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.