Housing Initiative Program (HIP)

Program Overview

Family Services, Inc. works in a cooperative arrangement with Montgomery County Government, which refers participants to Family Services.  Launched in 2008, the HIP program is designed to reduce the incidence of homelessness in Montgomery County by providing permanent supportive housing.  Embracing the Housing First model, where homeless individuals are moved directly from emergency shelter into permanent housing with wrap around services, support is provided through case management and other resources once the individual is housed. The program is unique in that once people have become eligible and have received the voucher thats makes a community home possible, they may keep the home as long as they wish as long as certain basic requirements are sustained.  

These include:

  • Paying rent and utilities on time

  • Maintaining the property

  • Living on the property

  • Agree to case management services

  • Be a good neighbor

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 serve 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 service coordinators have is to help people develop community relationships and eventually become independent in locating the resources they need.

Services Provided:

  • Intensive community-based service coordination to assist the individual 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 learn how to be fully included and engaged in his/her community

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