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hip - Heightened Independence & Progress. A Center for Independent Living for People with Disabilities.


Supporting independent living for people with disabilities, hip is a nonprofit agency run by and for people with disabilities.

Its purpose is to promote full inclusion and full accessibility for all people, and to enhance the ability of every individual to live and work with maximum independence.

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Brian Fitzgibbons President / CEO

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hip's "In It to Win It" 2022 Summer Calendar Raffle!

Cash Prizes for Each and Every Weekday during
June, July and August 2022.

$2,500 in Cash Prizes!

Sponsored by
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to Benefit the Provision of Independent Living
Services to People with Disabilities

Calendar Raffle starts June 1st, 2022








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Our Newest American

Our Newest American

After months of studying American history books and working on his conversational English hip webmaster, Pedro Martin was sworn in as an American citizen.

Bergen County Section 8

Bergen County Section 8

The Housing Authority of Bergen County is pleased to announce that beginning Monday May 16, 2022 9:00AM EST and closing Friday May 20, 2022 11:59PM EST pre-applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program wait list will be available online. A random selection lottery will be conducted to select 350 applicants to be placed on the wait list. Persons applying must meet all income and eligibility requirements.

hipNews Winter Spring 2022

hipNews Winter Spring 2022

hip Newsletter Winter Spring 2022: From the Desk of the President:, The Calendar Raffle is Back – and Better Than Ever!, Sharing Life Experiences from Our hip Friends, Learn New Skills – Gain A New View of the World, Disability Etiquette, What is it Like Living with Autism?, Masks and Communication, hip Thanks…, and more.

Special Needs Karate Class

Special Needs Karate Class

Sign up today for a FREE special needs karate class!
Ages 6 and up!
WHEN: Tuesday, May 10th from 7:00pm-7:45pm
Location: Barr Karate
150 Kansas Street, 2nd Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Come train your mind, body, and spirit.
To register, please call or text Grandmaster Larry Barr at 201-491-90

Congratulations, Paul!

Congratulations, Paul!

President Biden will appoint former hip Board Member Paul Aronsohn to serve as a member on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

PSEG-NJ Utility Support Program for Residents

PSEG-NJ Utility Support Program for Residents

Are you behind on your utility bills? PSEG can help you get back on track. Utility payment assistance programs have expanded to include more people in need. The state’s COVID-19 utility moratorium grace period is coming to an end on March 15th. See utility assistance programs that are currently available. (English & Spanish)

Letter October 2021

Letter October 2021

Usually, I write these pieces from my desk at the hip Hackensack offices but today I’m seated at the Rodda Center in Teaneck having just received my Pfizer booster shot.

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Register Ready

The first step in emergency preparedness for individuals who may need assistance in a disaster.

Are You Looking for Housing?

Are You Looking for Housing?

Have you been impacted by COVID-19 ? . Have you been discriminated against because of COVID-19 or for other reasons?.



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“I was so grateful for hip during the pandemic. They checked in on me and made sure I had groceries and was safe. Everyone at hip made me feel like I wasn’t alone – they are truly my guardian angels.”

Bergen Consumer

“I like the work you do. Everyone is nice and talks to me. You help me with a lot of my things and the other girls help too. I give the office 100 out of 10 stars. Thank you for everything.”

Hudson Consumer

“If hip hadn’t helped me with a new air conditioner this summer, I wouldn’t have been able to function independently and maintain my quality of life. Thanks again for all your help!”

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We serve people with disabilities in the New Jersey counties of Bergen and Hudson.

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