Based in Milpitas, California, HIP provides housing in
two counties: Santa Clara and Santa Cruz. Sixteen of its
nineteen sites are located in San Jose, one site is in Morgan
Hill and one site is in Watsonville. An estimated 300 people
are housed at one of HIP’s 19 sites. The breakout
of disabilities served is as follows: developmental disabilities
(8%), people with AIDS/HIV (11%), people with psychiatric
disabilities (38%) and elderly (38%).
The typical resident in one of HIP’s housing projects
relies on social security as his/her sole source of income.
The average tenant income is $1300/month. At this income
level, HIP’s clients are priced out of the Santa Clara
County housing market where the fair market rent for a studio
is $1222/month. The people HIP serve simply cannot afford
to rent a studio in Santa Clara County much less pay for
other necessities like heat, food, clothing and medical
Approximately 30% of the homeless population are people
with some kind of disability. With the stress accompanying
a loss of housing, a person with a disability often loses
whatever gains s/he made while his/her housing was stable.
The stress can aggravate the medical or physical condition
to the point that hospitalization is necessary.