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Housing Initiative Program (HIP)

The Coordinating Center works in a cooperative arrangement with Montgomery County, Maryland`s Department of Housing and Human Services which refers participants to The Center.

The HIP program is designed to reduce the incidence of homelessness in the county by providing permanent supportive housing.  This program is unique in that once people have become eligible and have received the voucher that makes a community home possible, then they may keep the home as long as they wish so long as certain basic requirements are sustained. These include:

  • Paying rent
  • Maintaining the property
  • Living on the property

The county provides a subsidy to help the individual with paying rent. The amount of the subsidy is based on a generous formula that is related to the person`s income. Sources of income include public funding, such as SSI and traditional Social Security.

Population Served and Eligibility Criteria

The people who are served through HIP generally have chronic health care needs and may experience such diagnoses as asthma, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes. But the primary issue is homelessness, which can have many causes.  Most of the individuals who are served through this program have very little in the way of community and family supports. Thus, one of the primary roles that care coordinators have is to help people develop community relationships and eventually become independent in locating the resources they need.

Services Provided

  • Intensive community based care coordinating to assist the member in accessing all appropriate medical, health and social services
  • Resource coordination and the development of relationships with helping organizations for assistance with basic needs like food,  household furnishings and transportation
  • Assisting  the individual  in ways to access community supports
  • Helping the individual to learn again how to be fully included in his/her community