HIP HOMES program strengthens communities in Prince George’s County

HIP HOMES is a single family acquisition rehab program developed by the Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. in Prince George’s County.

Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. (HIP) is an innovative green developer based in Prince George’s County.  HIP’s mission is to remove blight, revitalize communities, create housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income people, and improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods we serve.  HIP is also a HUD-certified housing counseling agency providing foreclosure counseling and first-time homebuyer counseling services as well as financial capability training through its Bounce Back program.  HIP has developed over 270 affordable apartments, renovated 60 homes for sale to first time homebuyer’s and counsels over 2,000 clients every year in pre-purchase, foreclosure prevention and financial capability.

In response to the foreclosure crisis in Prince George’s County, HIP has expanded its HIP HOMES program.  With this program, HIP purchases vacant, often foreclosed, dilapidated homes and substantially renovates them to Energy Star standards.   They take the worst homes on the street and transform them into the nicest homes.  HIP aggressively replaces all the systems, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing as needed, installs significant insulation and air sealing, update kitchens and baths, lighting fixtures, flooring, and installs Water Sense fixtures.   HIP’s signature design feature is a front porch, which not only improves the curb appeal of the home, but encourages residents to spend more time in front of their homes getting to know their neighbors.  HIP takes great pride in driving through its communities and seeing neighbors replicating these porches, a true sign of change and neighborhood investment.

HIP works primarily inside the Beltway in Prince George’s County.  Much of its work has been targeted to the Palmer Park neighborhood in Landover as well as Suitland through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.  Homes are sold to first-time homebuyers earning 80% or less of median income.  In addition to being income qualified, homebuyers must complete HUD-certified homebuyer education and meet one-on-one with one of HIP’s counselors to ensure they are truly ready for the joys and challenges of homeownership.

Pictured here is the before photo of a duplex on Hylton Street in Seat Pleasant, Prince George’s County, and the finished product.

7243 & 7241 Hylton St -- After
7243 & 7241 Hylton -- Before

CDN announces the First Maryland Community Development Week, October 20-27

CDN’s First Maryland Community Development Week takes place on October 20-27.  This is a week dedicated to highlighting the important social and economic impact our industry has in Maryland.  Community Development organizations across the state will be hosting events, programs, tours, open houses and more, inviting the general public, media and elected officials.

Visit our Maryland Community Development Week page to see the full list of events for this special week.

To have your event be added to this list, please contact info@communitydevelopmentmd.org

July 2014 CDN Strategic Priorities

This issue of our e-newsletter provides the details of our strategic priorities moving forward. CDN conducted a comprehensive strategic planning process during the summer and fall of 2013. In addition to the name change and mission revisions, the Board of Directors determined four major strategic priorities. We have now been able to get those priorities funded, working groups initiated, and so these priorities will be implemented. The purpose of these priorities is to strengthen the community development industry in Maryland. This e-newsletter details what the strategic priorities are and how you can get involved.

And please Save the Date! Friday, November 7 is our Annual Meeting. This is a free event this year to be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Baltimore Branch. Our keynote speaker is Joe McNeely, Board member of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) and Executive Director of the Central Baltimore Partnership.

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Gubernatorial Forum Video Now Available!

The Community Development Network of Maryland was proud to host a Gubernatorial Forum on Community Development in Maryland on May 12, 2014.  Over 270 people attended the forum.

The video of that event is available here!

Some points regarding the forum:

The candidates were given extensive background information and the questions ahead of time.  They were expected to answer these questions and speak to several aspects of the background we gave them.  Click here for the questions they were given.  During the forum we had to truncate them to save time.

CDN was honored to coordinate this event with the following Host Committee organizations:

  • The Maryland Community Action Partnership
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Housing Association of Nonprofits (HAND)
  • The Redevelopment Fund (TRF)
  • Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA)
  • Homeless Persons Representation Project
  • Anne Arundel Affordable Housing Coalition

On the video, the candidates appear in the following order:

Cindy Walsh

Charles Lollar

Heather Mizeur

Anthony Brown

Doug Gansler

Thanks again to all the attendees and the members of the Host Committee.  This was truly a gathering of the Community Development industry in Maryland.