Actress Rita Moreno will be featured at HIP Housing's annual luncheon on Friday, May 31.
"We moved from tenement to tenement in those early years," Ms. Moreno said in a press release. "Becoming self sufficient is so difficult without a place to land, a place to call home. Safe, affordable housing is such an important part of the equation. Mami and I were never looking for a hand out -- but like most a hand up would have been greatly welcomed. I am inspired by the life-changing work of HIP Housing and other like-minded affordable housing programs. My heart is stirred, my hope rekindled and my own resolve to make a difference is strengthened."
Other speakers include comedian Dan St. Paul and state Senator Jerry Hill. The event is open to the public.
Register in advance at hiphousing.org; tickets cost $90.