Fearless Leader

I support HIPS because I have seen the change that HIPS facilitates in the lives of our clients.  There simply isn't another organization like it in DC. 

  • published Decrim 2021-08-27 09:17:55 -0400

    Sign on in support of Decriminalizing Poverty in DC

    The war on drugs has been one of the biggest policy failures in American history. With no clear objectives and trillions of dollars spent, the primary outcome of the war on drugs has been to punish the few who use illicit substances.  It has had overwhelming effects on Black and Brown people and the communities they live in.

    It is time for residents to take matters into their own hands  and reverse the madness our federal elected officials created. Hence, local municipalities are mounting decriminalization campaigns to stop punishing people for possession and use of drugs. Here at HIPS, our movement is named “Decrim Poverty”.  We took on this challenge to change negative drug policies because criminalization of drug use is a poverty related issue.  

    Criminalizing and policing behavioral issues has never worked, but evidence and data proves harm reduction methods do. Drug use isn’t always chaotic, and those who use recreationally should not have their lives destroyed by intrusive laws criminalizing their choices. We need to move away from policing adult decisions and make options available to those who choose to use. In addition to decriminalizing possession and use, we need the following to coincide with this movement to shift away from carceral responses to an evidence based harm reduction and health based approach that give people choices and the autonomy and agency they deserve as consenting adults.

    Our objectives include: 

    • Make available safer consumption sites
    •  24 hour crisis intervention teams
    • Reduce the police force and tailor the scope of what they do
    • Remove criminal penalties for public intoxication, loitering, and a host of other non violent offenses
    • Provide social safety net resources with zero barriers to access
    • Make mental health care a priority
    • Meaningfully address homelessness 
    • Make living wage employment a priority


    These are all part of the Vision Zero and Near Act initiatives to have a better DC for all residents, regardless of social or economic status. 

    Please sign on in support of change for the better, to stay informed of the progress, and participate in creating an equitable DC for everyone. 

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  • published Webinar Registration 2021-07-14 12:33:07 -0400

    Webinar Registration

    HIPS is offering both free of charge and sliding scale admission to our Suboxone, Ethics and Stigma Webinar!  

    We love this explanation of "Sliding scale, a tool for economic justice"  from Worts & Cunning. 

    Check out these bits from that conversation and we encourage you to read the blog!

    • The sliding scale is a tool that allows for a product or service to be obtained at multiple price points based on the circumstances of the purchaser.
    • The sliding scale represents the idea that financial resources, including income, are not and should not be the only determining factor in whether or not someone can access services/care/etc
    • Teachers deserve to get paid and students deserve classes which recognize the multiple realities of economic access and privilege that exist.

     We encourage  you to examine your own situation and make an appropriate donation.

    Donation suggested sliding scale: 

    $100 - This level of support covers one person's participation in the webinar AND supports the participation lowest and free participants.  

    $75 - True Cost This is the true cost of offering our webinar,  "If you are able to pay for "wants" and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you."

    $25-50 Middle Cost
    This level reflects the practitioner's acknowledgement that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to attend, but who do not honestly find themselves reflected in either descriptions for the highest cost or the lowest."

    $5 - Lowest Cost
    Our lowest cost "represents an honest acknowledgment by the teacher and practitioner that there are folks whose economic circumstances would prevent them from being a part of classes if there was not be a deliberate opportunity made for them to access services at a cost that is reflective of their economic realities." HIPS would add that often these folks' participation is critical and important to a full and equitable conversation. 

    0$ - HIPS offers this level for folks for whom registering via a credit card presents a significant barrier to participation. If you would like to participate at this level, your RSVP will suffice and you can close this window!




  • published GT20 2020-11-30 23:25:36 -0500

    Giving Tuesday 2020

    $2,480.00 raised
    GOAL: $2,020.00


    2020 has been a YEAR - hasn't it. 

    But our donors have kept us open, responsive and OUT for our community.  

    Join Us. 

    Will you help us reach our goal of $2,020 for #GivingTuesday or our goal of 20 new Pink Member monthly donors?

    Got a lot to give? Please donate now.  Have a little to give? Join as a pink member for as little at $10 a month. 

    Support life saving harm reduction services and community led organizing. 

    Harm Reduction Saves Lives.   

    We can't do it without you.  


  • followed Mailing List 2014-08-14 17:22:08 -0400

  • donated 2022-07-24 05:54:35 -0400

    Become a HIPS Pink Member!

    6409 donors
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    Your monthly donation means that HIPS can stay relevant and responsive to community needs!  

    Last year HIPS' Pink Members helped create new employment opportunities at HIPS for current and former sex workers, supported learning opportunities for our thousands of community members, and so much more.

    A donation of $10 per month or more automatically enrolls you as a HIPS' Pink Member, and you will have access to our Pink Member newsletter, special events, and access to special swag and discounts.

    Welcome to the HIPS family!   

    If you have made an error in making your donation, we will honor your request for a refund made within 10 business days of your donation. To request a refund, call 202-232-8150. Refunds are returned using the original method of payment, except cash donations will be returned via check. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card.


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