Crisis Housing Solutions (CHS) was founded by Craig & Lisa Vanderlaan as Adopt a Hurricane Family (AHF) on August 30, 2005, in response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
After diligently working for 3+ years to assist disaster survivors of Katrina and Wilma with temporary & permanent housing solutions, AHF expanded its mission to assist those affected by any disaster – natural, manmade or economic.
To provide temporary & permanent housing solutions for those made homeless or in danger of becoming homeless due to natural, manmade or economic disasters. The ultimate goal is to return these families to a sustainable situation and to self-sufficiency.
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Take a leadership position in providing housing solutions to those recently or at risk of being homeless due to unemployment, under-employment and/or the foreclosure crisis. Where possible, provide the upfront default counseling to obtain a loan modification or refinancing to avoid foreclosure.
Establish the necessary relationships to acquire and rehabilitate multiple foreclosed (REO), abandoned or short sale homes in key neighborhoods to both stabilize & revitalize these locales and provide a source of affordable housing for low- to moderate-income families. Additionally, evaluate innovative new sources of affordable housing as viable alternatives to current options.
Concurrently, continued preparedness in the event of hurricane strike with appropriate recovery programs will also be paramount.
August 2005 – began assisting Katrina families in South Florida.
January 2006 – began working closely with the South Florida HUD office and their field director.
March 2006 – led a multi-agency effort to get 93 Wilma families out of FEMA trailers in C.B. Smith & Easterlin Parks and into permanent housing.
April 2006 – began working with FEMA’s Florida Long-Term Recovery Office in Orlando.
November 2006 – received 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status from the IRS.
June 2007 – began a 4-month collaborative effort for FEMA finding permanent housing for 170 families displaced by Hurricane Wilma; 54 of these families obtained new mobile homes.
December 2007 – provided turnkey management of the Davie Mobile Home Repair/Replacement Program using $1,275,000 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Inititiative funds for Hurricane Wilma relief. 73 families received new mobile homes over a 14-month period.
May 2009 – applied for and received certification as a HUD Housing Counseling Agency.
October 2009 – providing case management services as part of the Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) for Broward County and City of Ft. Lauderdale.
February 2010 – as a HUD Housing Counseling Agency, began offering Mortgage Delinquency/Default Counseling as part of broader Foreclosure Prevention Services.
April 2010 – began First-Time Homebuyer Program for Town of Davie.
April 2011 – received certification for the Treasury Department’s Florida Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) Program; providing mortgage assistance to qualified unemployed & under-employed homeowners having difficulty making mortgage payments.
July 2011 – launched our Community Stabilization Initiative whereby we acquire & rehab foreclosed properties; thus helping to revitalize neighborhoods and
providing a new source of affordable housing.”
March 2013 – approved partner for the HUD Home Discount Sales Program
October 2013 – approved as a service provider for the Treasury Department’s new Principal Reduction Program; intended to assist homeowners underwater on their mortgages.
July 2014 – approved for acquisition of foreclosed properties from the National Community Stabilization Trust.