For 30 years, HIP has provided comprehensive housing development and counseling services to residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. It develops high-quality, affordable, green rental housing, and acquires and renovates foreclosed homes, which it then sells to low- and moderate-income buyers. HIP has developed nearly 500 rental homes, 80 for-sale single family homes and, since 2003, has counseled over 15,000 families to avoid foreclosure, prepare for home ownership, and improve their finances. In 2016 alone, 35 homeless families moved into permanent rental homes thanks to HIP’s financial counseling and support. Always on the cutting edge of green building, HIP constructed and sold the first “passive” house in Prince George’s County and promotes energy savings and native landscaping in its homes. For our neighbors who struggle to keep a roof over their heads, this innovative organization does more than renovate homes; it renovates lives.
Counseling staff has continued to field calls, emails, and use video to interact with clients. It hired three part-time staff to be in the offices to receive, copy/scan and process documents from renters who did not have access to technology from home. Meanwhile, HIP has taken a leadership role, implementing countywide programs in both Prince George's and Montgomery to manage Emergency Rental Assistance programs funded by the CARES Act to prevent evictions, provide intensive counseling for struggling homeowners and renters at risk of losing their housing security, and implementing two new pilot programs this fall.