Our Story

Community Housing Advocates, Inc. (CHA) was established in 2018 to serve as the parent corporation and administrative services provider for its two affiliates, Mercy Housing Corporation and My Sisters’ Place (MSP), serving over 6,000 individuals and families annually. 

MSP was founded in 1982, originally as a shelter for women with infants. Mercy Housing was founded by the Sisters of Mercy, with the purchase of St. Elizabeth’s House on Main Street in Hartford in 1983. CHA’s affiliates are members of the Greater Hartford Coordinated Access Network and integral partners in the region’s mission to end homelessness. 

Today, the CHA affiliates have over 75 dedicated staff and eight program sites across Hartford and Middlesex counties. 

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MERCY HOUSING

Since 1983, Mercy Housing has provided housing assistance and supportive services to persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

MY SISTERS' PLACE

Founded in 1982 as a shelter for women with infants, My Sisters’ Place has helped more than 26,000 people in the community

LEADING PROVIDERS OF SUPPORT

Our Leadership

CHA affiliates are leading providers of support services and housing solutions for men, women, and children in the Hartford metropolitan area who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Its housing and support services, including the region’s primary homelessness Diversion Center, are a critical component of Hartford’s community services.

Approximately 300 individuals are sleeping in a bed at one of CHA’s housing options. Each year, its Friendship Center serves more than 67,000 meals to community members in need. 

CHA, Mercy, and MSP have identical board membership, each overseen by a 17-member board of directors drawn from the affiliates’ existing directors.