Bridging the gap between homelessness and hope one family at a time


How We Do It
  • Accepts clients who are employed or employable, performs credit and criminal background check for all applicants
  • Clients contribute to the cost of housing based on their ability to pay
  • Organizes fundraising events (e.g. wine tasting, rent party/auction, dinner parties with celebrity guest) to raise revenue to help underwrite supportive services and operating expenses
  • Procures financial contributions and grants from individuals, including board members, board congregations, local businesses, foundations and trusts.
  • Procures in-kind donations from individuals and businesses (e.g. professional services, cultural experiences, household appliances & furnishings, vehicles)
  • Accepts online donations from those inspired by our mission
  • Critically dedicated board and strategic collaborations
  • Families facing homelessness are generally referred to HIPCT by social services agencies or they contact HIPCT during a general search of affordable housing options.

Steps in the selection process are:

  1. An Application is completed and delivered to HIPCT
  2. In-person interview with HIPCT’s Selection Committee
  3. Authorization for background check for eviction, credit & criminal history
  4. Contact references (personal and employer)
  5. Verify income*
  6. Selection Committee reaches a consensus and makes a recommendation to the HIPCT board for acceptance or decline
  7. Once accepted, a Transitional Occupancy Agreement is signed by the occupant and the chair of HIPCT.

HIPCT’s motto is to bridge the gap between homelessness and hope one family at a time. We serve those individuals and families most likely to benefit from working in partnership with HIPCT and its network of supporters.

*Applicants are income-qualified using New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Affordable Housing Regional Income Limits for Mercer County, NJ

What We Do
  • Provide transitional housing for 12-24 months to low-income working families and individuals facing homelessness. HIPCT makes available a Townhouse it owns in Princeton and a unit owned by the municipality of Princeton to provide clients a safe home near where they work and where their children attend school.
  • Provide supportive services to our clients through a case manager with MSW, LCSW credentials and HIP board liaison. Our supportive services include:
    • An apartment with subsidized rent for up to twenty-four months. Clients contribute based on ability to pay.
    • Utilities are paid or cost shared
    • A computer and Internet connection
    • Individualized case management
      • Budgeting
      • Job search activities
      • Referral to credit counseling
      • Educational assistance
      • Access to professional therapy
      • Access to “dress for success”
      • Access to food pantry of partner organizations
  • Assist our clients with locating permanent housing they can afford.
    • Register with area affordable housing waiting lists.
    • Security deposit and/or first month’s rent required to secure permanent housing at the time of transition.
    • Rental assistance to selected graduate of the HIPCT program and low-income tenants in the community to prevent the loss of housing and homelessness.

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