“Building Happily Ever After”
A Proud History
Homes in Partnership, Inc. (HIP) established in 1975 is a community-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and a certified Community Housing Department Organization (CHDO) rural housing provider.
HIP provides low-income families with equal opportunity access to quality built, energy efficient, affordable housing, and seeks to improve the economic conditions in the communities it serves.
The Corporation purchases land, develops it, brings together qualified families who wish to build their homes by participating in a self-help housing program. During the past 36 years, HIP has built over 3,600 single-family houses, for very low and low-income families residing in undeserved rural areas of Central Florida. HIP has a wealth of experience and success in constructing new, quality, single-family affordable houses on time and within budget, meanwhile stimulating economic development in these communities.
HIP employs a dedicated, multi-cultural workforce consisting of 15 experienced, well qualified, mission oriented individuals. This corps includes the Executive Director, a state-licensed, residential construction contractor who also serves as a Construction Director; a Senior Loan Manager; and, a HUD-certified homebuyer counselor. Each of these individuals has been on staff for over 20 years.
The HIP staff is involved with many community organizations whose focus is helping low-income families and current and potential clients. The organization is a member of the local chamber of commerce. Additionally, selected staff hold active board positions with other affordable housing advocacy groups. It is HIP’s policy to engage in collaborative efforts, thereby expanding its ability to reach even more families in need. Such collaboration results in social service agencies, religious organizations, and community leader referring new clients who eventually become successful homeowners.
Our Vision – Homes in Partnership, Inc. is the leading self-sufficient, not for profit organizations in Central Florida dedicated to providing affordable single-family housing through the provisions of lifestyle changing tools to clients through education. HIP also develops partnerships to promote safe and healthy communities.
Mission Statement – It is the organization’s mission to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals and improve the economic conditions of the communities we serve.
Values – HIP is guided by the following principles:
- All clients and potential clients are individual/families with unique needs. We will identify these needs and strive to meet them as it relates to housing needs.
- The highest quality of services will be given by competent, committed, and concerned staff.
- There is integrity in every decisions and action that members of this organization take.
- We promise the highest level of accountability for every action that we carry out.
- On a regular basis we are dedicated to finding ways in which we can better carry out our mission.
Headquartered in Apopka, Florida, HIP was established as a non-profit organization to reach out to families and improve housing in rural areas of Orange County. Since its inception, HIP has expanded to open two additional offices to serve Lake and Sumter counties.
HIP has also expanded outreach programs, and now has two HUD-Certified Housing Counselors on staff. This expansion allows for the capacity and resources to keep up with the increasing demand for affordable housing and provides improved services for clients.