Community Housing Partnership, Rochester, Minnesota

Organization & Funding

Rochester Community Housing Partnership (CHP,) a non-profit, has a mission of educating, collaborating and advocating to provide affordable housing in southeast Minnesota. The pre-purchase counseling offers new homeowners the ability to review their current financial situation and find a mortgage product that will best meet their needs in obtaining a home.

Home Buyer education gives a new homeowner a better understanding of the process of buying a home. The goal of home buyer education is to prepare the buyer for Obtainable, Maintainable, and Sustainable homeownership.

Homeowners counseling-foreclosure counseling walks people through the opportunities of staying in their home when their financial picture is or has changed.

CHP is governed by a volunteer board of directors drawn from a cross section of local citizens; the bylaws set a maximum of sixteen members. CHP’s operations and programs are funded by a mix of public funds, private donations and grants. Our supporters include financial institutions, local government, retail businesses, professional offices, and private citizens.

2013 Sponsors include:

  • Coldwell Banker At Your Service
  • Dunlap & Seeger, P.A. / Title Services
  • Edina Foundation
  • Home Federal Savings Bank
  • Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union
  • Southeast Minnesota Association of REALTORS®
  • Think Mutual Bank
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • US Bank

Community Housing Partnership’s board actively directs all organizational activities. All board members are unpaid volunteers who live and work in Rochester and surrounding communities.

Our Board of Directors:

  • Lou Ohly Jr. – REALTOR® at Counselor Realty & Olmsted County Commissioner–Chair
  • Bob Matthews – Home Federal – Vice Chair
  • Pam Bleifus – Wells Fargo Mortgage, NMLSR ID 404372 - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Christi Cook – Remax Results
  • Karen Golberg - Think Bank
  • Paul Groeboer – US Bank – Mortgage Sales Manager
  • Tom Jacobson – Title Services, Inc.
  • Shirley Lee – First Homes
  • Pat Sexton – SEMAR Community & Political Affairs Director

We encourage all those interested in any aspect of workforce housing, from its availability to them personally to its effect on the future economic development of our community, to consider CHP Board membership or a contribution to Rochester Community Housing Partnership.

For further information, please call (507) 282-7529 or email

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Find more help here:

Community Housing Partnership
903 West Center Street ~ Suite 204
Rochester, MN 55902

Phone: (507) 282-7529
Fax: (507) 226-9026


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