Friday, April 30, 2010

Congratulations to HIP Housing Self-Sufficiency Graduates!

Tonight I had the pleasure of celebrating with 32 of our neighbors who graduated from the HIP Housing Self-Sufficiency Program.

HIP ("Human Investment Project") Housing is a local non-profit in San Mateo County dedicated to helping people live independent, self-sufficient lives in decent, safe, low-cost homes.  HIP's Self-Sufficiency Program (SSP) provides housing assistance and support services to low-income families with clearly defined career and educational goals and motivation to become financially self-reliant within 12-24 months.

The 32 individuals who graduated from the program tonight all graduated having obtained additional schooling, degrees, or job training.  All of them are now in better housing conditions, and in positions to be more self-sufficient in providing for themselves and their families. 

HIP Housing is one of many non-profit agencies that serve as a vital safety net for those in our community who need a helping hand including the homeless, senior citizens, and children.  As a City Councilmember for San Mateo, I am proud of the support our City gives to these non-profits, which includes a yearly allocation of over $500,000 in federal grants specifically designed to allow local governments to aid those most in need.

This coming Monday, the City Council will review San Mateo's five-year Consolidated Plan and yearly Action Plan which will help our community address our long-term housing and community needs.  To review the Consolidated Plan and Action plan, click here.

Congratulations again to the graduates of the Self-Sufficiency Program, and thank you again to HIP Housing and all our non-profits in San Mateo!

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