Housing Initiatives of Princeton awarded $50,000 grant

Funds will help support an eighth transitional home for those in need

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Housing Initiatives of Princeton (HIP) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls.

The two-year grant will help the nonprofit group continue to develop its “Transitional Housing: Changing Families’ Lives – One at a Time” program by adding additional homes for clients.

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HIP already manages seven homes in the greater Princeton area. It rents them at affordable rents to families in need through its Transitional Housing program, officials said.

The $50,000 grant will help to support an eighth home. HIP hopes to acquire two more units as part of a three-year expansion goal, for a total of 10 housing units.

The Transitional Housing program provides housing for low-income working families and individuals facing homelessness for 12 to 24 months, officials said.

Clients are provided with a safe home in one of the seven townhouses managed by HIP. They also receive a network of support services, coordinated through a case manager and a HIP liaison.

Families facing homelessness are referred to HIP by social service agencies, by word of mouth or its website at www.housinginitiativesofprinceton.org, officials said. Sometimes, they find HIP during a general search of affordable housing options.

HIP is a member of the Princeton Housing Stability Coalition. The coalition is a group of agencies that help families who are in need of housing, at risk of eviction, or who are homeless.

The Princeton Housing Stability Coalition is made up of Princeton Human Services, Arm in Arm, HomeFront, Housing Initiatives of Princeton, the Princeton Alliance Church, the Nassau Presbyterian Church, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Stone Hill Church.

HIP’s $50,000 grant was among grants totaling $250,000 awarded by the Princeton Area Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls. The fund offers grants to organizations that help women and children.

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