A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

Preserving affordable housing

Chisom was founded in 2003 by a group of individuals dedicated to preserving affordable housing and providing supportive services to their residents.  Chisom aims to support and assist individuals in and transitioning out of affordable housing towards financial independence.  We focus on education, financial literacy, workforce development, reducing food insecurity, and promotion of community connections.

We focus on:

Financial Literacy
Workforce Development
Reducing Food Insecurity
Community Connections

Board and Staff

Chisom is led by a seven-member Board of Directors including a resident member.  Our Directors have extensive affordable housing and real estate development experience and are guided by a desire to act in service to these communities.

Chisom is based in Washington, DC and operates under the Executive Director, Ms. Sarah Bagley who has led the organization since 2015.  Ms. Bagley is an active participant in developing and implementing service programs and community outreach. She can be reached at sbagley@chisomhousing.org or 202-422-0947.

Our Portfolio

Chisom’s portfolio includes 1,400 apartments in 21 affordable housing communities in 12 states. This includes eight properties limited to seniors and disabled residents. Our portfolio consists entirely of communities that were built prior to our ownership, often in the 1970’s and 1980’s and have been preserved through rehabilitation and renovation projects.


Working with community managers to meet community needs

Chisom works in tandem with the community managers on-site to learn more about resident needs. Using that information, Chisom develop programs and partnerships with local agencies and non-profit organizations.

Through grant awards, Chisom employs select service coordinators to work on-site with our senior residents.

These coordinators arrange health care presentations, plan community events and engage the residents.

Chisom performs much of its work through relationships with local partners who provide social services and programs to community members. Community partners include the YMCA, United Way, local and national food banks, local and national health care providers, and faith-based organizations.

A few of our services

Take a look at some highlights of services that we provide to residents of our communities.

Donors and Partners

Support us.

Chisom is always looking for volunteers, partners, and new ideas about how best to serve and support our residents.  We welcome any contribution of time, experience, or monetary funds in support of our efforts.  We are a registered 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible and dedicated to resident services.