Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP)
CHAP is a grassroots, all-volunteer group that seeks to end homelessness in Claremont by advocating for and suppoting homeless adult individuals within the community. CHAP provides a variety of services to the 50-plus homeless adults who reside in Claremont, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless, but its primary goal is to secure sutainable housing for these individuals. The first step in accomplishing this goal is to match up all of the individuals ("participants") seeking aid from CHAP with two volunteer mentors ("advocates"). Advocates, who meet with their participants at least once a week but are available 24/7 for emergencies, provide individualized practical support to address the specific issues that prevent participants from having homes of their own.