Supportive Housing Communities began when two Tryon Street churches teamed up to care for the growing homeless community who were living literally on their street. One of these churches was St. Peter Catholic Church. It was led by Father Eugene McCreesh. The other church was St. Peter’s Episcopal. Together, they formed St. Peter’s Homes in 1993–which, nearly two decades later, was renamed Supportive Housing Communities.
Originally, St. Peter’s Homes provided affordable housing one unit at a time. Their strategy was to rent rundown houses, recruit church volunteers to fix them up, and then lease them to homeless households at affordable rates.