Phone: (954) 587-0160 Address: 4700 SW 64th Avenue, Suite C, Davie, Florida 33314

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Our Founders

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.


History & Background

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.

Our Mission

“We build healthy communities where people live, work, and prosper.”

Our Core Values

  • Collaboration
  • Compassion Inclusiveness
  • Community
  • Hope
  • Determination

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Our Vision

Everyone has access to a safe, secure home in a vibrant, healthy community.

Major Accomplishments

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.

March 2011 to Present – approved by JPMorgan Chase, HUD, Wells Fargo and the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) to obtain REO properties as part of our Community Stabilization Initiative.

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.

January 2016 – completed formal feasibility study demonstrating the financial viability of constructing affordable multi-family housing from repurposed shipping containers

March 2017 – awarded a major capacity building grant by JPMorgan Chase for expanding affordable housing development activities into Central Florida.

October 2017 – as part of a collaborative with two Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s), received a multi-year PRO Neighborhoods Grant from JPMorgan Chase to further Central Florida activities.

January 2018 – acquired land in West Palm Beach, beginning a partnership with the City to construct new affordable multi-family housing from repurposed shipping containers. Groundbreaking fall 2019.

May 2019 – received major two-year capacity-building grant from prominent South Florida foundation to assist in bringing innovative container housing construction to fruition. Also supports the developmental costs of a new repurposing facility for container construction . . . the first of its kind in the country.

June 2019 – lead developer on the construction of a 2B/2B prototype of single family housing constructed from shipping containers. This demonstration model also enables the identification of optimal construction processes to be scaled up for larger projects; like the aforementioned WPB project.