Unlike in other cities where affordable housing is in strictly defined areas, CHR’s properties are conveniently spread throughout the island and blend in nicely to the the adjoining neighborhoods. A property map as well as unit photos can be found at sanibelchr.org/ourproperties.
Potential residents must meet basic requirements before applying:
At least one adult within the household must be currently working full time on Sanibel;
Senior citizens or disabled individuals who are not working must be year-round residents
Additionally, there are annual entry income levels that applicants cannot exceed
After meeting basic eligibility requirements, potential residents must fill out an application and pay an application fee. Points are assigned based on income level, length of time working on Sanibel, and length of residency on Sanibel. Vacancies are filled following the points assigned.
No. CHR is not a department of the city, however in 1983, an ordinance was passed by the City of Sanibel that established the Affordable Housing Program and CHR was designated as the city’s housing foundation. To support this, the city provides support and CHR has a liaison on the city council.
CHR currently has 4 staff members, 11 volunteer board members, and some very dedicated volunteers who often help with CHR projects, many of whom are CHR residents. CHR’s board president is Richard Johnson of Bailey’s General Store and the Executive Director is Melissa Rice.