CAA nomination brings recognition for HIF as ‘Housing Hero’

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Meta Townsley, executive director of HIF. receives the Housing Heroes Award on Oct. 22 at Redwood Shores Library in Redwood City. At right is Joshua Howard, CAA's senior vice president of local government affairs.

Photo courtesy of San Mateo County, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services             Meta Townsley, executive director of HIF. receives the Housing Heroes Award on Oct. 22 at Redwood Shores Library in Redwood City. At right is Joshua Howard, CAA’s senior vice president of local government affairs.

HIF is one of San Mateo County’s “Housing Heroes” after being nominated by the California Apartment Association.

San Mateo County recognized the Housing Industry Foundation on Oct. 22 during a ceremony at the Redwood Shores Library in Redwood City.

“Over the past three years, HIF, through its Emergency Housing Grant program, has served 1,437 families throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties who were homeless or
at risk of  homelessness, totaling over one million dollars in grant funding,” says a nomination form submitted by CAA’s Tri-County  Division.

HIF also contributed nearly $440,000 in housing-assistance funds and completed $355,000 in special housing projcts and renovations throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Beneficiaries included homeless veterans, women in addiction recovery, victims of domestic violence, seniors, single adults, and families.

Moreover, HIF funded a $100,000 renovation this year at Samaritan House’s Safe Harbor Shelter, which provides safety, warmth, sustenance, and health care to help homeless people to become self-sufficient. Further, HIF late last year worked with Essex Property Trust employees to complete a variety of renovations to a domestic violence shelter in San Mateo County. More on this project

The “Housing Heroes” award goes to individuals and organizations that help people with mental health and substance-use conditions acquire or maintain stable, affordable housing.

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