HIP Housing Self Sufficiency Program Availability in Redwood City and San Carlos

South San Francisco, CA  September 13, 2022 Submitted by HIP Housing

HIP Housing’s Self Sufficiency Program for low income families with children currently has openings in our group share homes in Redwood City and San Carlos. More information about the program can also be found here.

What is the Self-Sufficiency Program?

HIP Housing’s Self-Sufficiency Program is a scholarship that provides housing assistance and support services to motivated, low-income parents and/or transitional age foster youth with clearly defined education and career goals. With housing and support services, program participants are expected to achieve financial self-sufficiency within 1-5 years. It is not an emergency housing program and the application and selection process can be a few weeks to several months dependent upon funding. There can be 2 pathways within the Self-Sufficiency Program:


Housing Scholarship for SHARED Housing in one of four family homes owned by HIP Housing-

  • 1½-2 years
  • Single/two parent families
  • Client shares either a 4 bedroom or 6 bedroom home with 1 or 2 other families
  • Located in Redwood City, San Carlos & Menlo Park
  • Client pays $100 per room in monthly rent
  • Monthly Coaching, Life Skills workshops and Fatherhood specific monthly services


Housing Scholarship for an individual apartment-

  • 1-2 years
  • Single/two-parent families OR transitional age foster youth
  • Client rents their own home in a partner affordable housing unit OR a below market rate HIP Housing unit OR (on limited basis) the open market

–   HIP pays:

– 50% of rent up to $1900 on a 1BDRM unit and 50% of rent up to $2200 on a 2BDRM unit. Client pays remainder of rent for 1-2 years based on approved educational plan.

  • Monthly Coaching, Life Skills workshops and Fatherhood specific monthly services

**Scholarships may be extended up to 5 years with the subsidy decreasing after the 2nd year (ask Program Assistant for more details)


Who qualifies?

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be a parent over 18 with minor children (under the age of 18) living with them
  • Transitional age foster (TAY) youth ages 18-24 (as funding allows)
  • Live, work or go to school in San Mateo County
  • Have the legal right to work in the United (must have valid work permit, Legal Permanent Residency or a US Citizen)
  • Have a low income – (80% of annual median income) (family of 2= $119,300; family of 3 =

$134,200; family of 4 = $149,100) for HIP scholarship only ;

(50% of annual median income) (Family of 2=$74,600; Family of 3=$83,900; Family of 4=$93,200;) for SHARE scholarship only

  • Be clean & sober for at least 6 months (if in recovery).
  • Be registered for or enrolled in vocational training and/or an education program or have recently completed vocational training/education program.
  • Applicant’s education or training program will be completed within 1 to 5 years



What does a family have to submit before they can have an appointment to apply to the Self-Sufficiency Program?


For all Adults over age 18 in the household

  • Driver’s license or State ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Legal Permanent Resident or Work Permit Card (if not a US citizen)
  • Bank Statement
  • Last four paycheck stubs (if employed)
  • Verification of Cash Aid, Food Stamps, Child Support, SSI, Unemployment, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Internship Stipends, etc.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Verification (if applicable)
  • List the amounts of your monthly expenses
  • Letter of Reference from a previous or current landlord (may use attached landlord reference form)
  • Your current resume
  • Verification of your school registration that includes current class schedule – very important
  • creditkarma.com (your credit report & score)
  • Unofficial college transcripts (if attended or are attending a community college or University)

For your children under age 18

  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Verification of School/Daycare (Name of school/daycare, Address & Phone Number)
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments