HIP Founders

Above: Homeless advocate Mosi Harrington (at left) is pictured with Founding Board Members Mary Griffin (2nd from left) and Charlene Brisco (2nd from right, in hat). They recruited a small but vocal group of neighborhood activists who were equally frustrated about the lack of housing options their working clients could afford in Prince George’s County. They decided to pool their resources together to collectively help low-income families secure affordable, healthy and safe housing. Thus, HIP was born!

1988

Founding

HIP is founded by Mosi Harrington and a small group of social workers and homeless advocates in the basement of a local church.

1989

Incorporation

HIP is formally incorporated as a private, nonprofit organization, dedicated to serving low- and moderate-income residents of Prince George’s County. Mosi Harrington later becomes the organization’s first executive director.

1993

1993-1995 Multifamily Project

HIP’s first multifamily project is the purchase and renovation of a burned-out 4-unit building in Suitland in 1993, and the organization subsequently purchases and renovates four additional buildings in the Suitland Manor community. All five buildings are later sold to Prince George’s County in 2000.

1998

HIP Homes

HIP launches its homeownership and rehabilitation programs. It purchases a vacant single-family home from HUD in the Palmer Park neighborhood of Landover and completely rehabilitates it. The first-time buyer who purchased the home from HIP for $75,000 still owns the home 20+ years later.

1998

Homebuyer Education

HIP launches a Homebuyer Education Program to prepare Prince George’s County residents for successful homeownership. All purchasers of “HIP Homes” are also required to have pre-purchase counseling.

2002

HUD-Approved Counseling

HUD approves HIP’s application to become a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency.

2003

Developing Housing for Artists

HIP purchases and renovates Mt. Rainier Artists’ Apartments in the Gateway Arts District in 2003, and later undertakes a major renovation to create Renaissance Square Artists’ Housing in Hyattsville in 2008.

2008

Housing for Seniors

HIP partners with for-profit developer Ingerman Group to develop its first affordable senior apartment community in Bladensburg. HIP provides onsite resident services for the 78-unit building.

2008

DC Tenant Associations

HIP consults with two tenant associations in the District of Columbia to exercise their rights to purchase and develop their buildings, and guides them through the renovation process.

2009

Montgomery County

HIP expands into Montgomery County, opening Housing Counseling offices in Germantown and Gaithersburg during the foreclosure crisis.

2011

Cecil County

HIP expands into Cecil County, MD through its partnership with the Ingerman Group to develop three affordable rental communities, totaling 194 units.

2012

Financial Capability Program

HIP launches an innovative stand-alone Financial Capability program, and provides free long-term individualized financial counseling to renters, homebuyers, and homeowners.

2014

HRAP

HIP enters into a partnership with Prince George’s County to administer the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Program (HRAP), which provides zero-interest, deferred home repair loans, and served 41 homeowners. HIP begins a second round of HRAP safety repairs in 2018, and plans to serve more than 100 homeowners over the next three years.

2016

Rapid Rehousing Program

HIP enters into a partnership with Prince George’s County Department of Social Services to launch the county’s first Rapid Rehousing Program.

2018

Towne Courts

HIP partners with a for-profit developer, PIRHL, and starts predevelopment on Towne Courts, a 42-unit affordable apartment community in Annapolis, marking HIP’s expansion into Anne Arundel County.

2019

85th “HIP Home”

HIP buys, rehabilitates and sells its 85th “HIP Home” to a first-time homebuyer in Prince George’s County.

2019

30th Anniversary Milestone

HIP celebrates its 30th Anniversary of revitalizing neighborhoods

ABOVE: Children from Suitland Manor enjoying their first Easter in their new homes.