Barbara Liedtke is dedicated to helping people find safe, affordable housing in San Mateo County, both in her 16-year career with the Human Investment Project (HIP), and in many volunteer roles in the community.
Following four years in the Peace Corps, Barbara worked for 11 years in the Dominican Republic as a health educator and consultant. She went to work for HIP in 1991 as South County housing coordinator. Her dedicated work with HIP has included finding affordable shared living arrangements for low-income women, men and families that not only protect them against homelessness, but also support them in building productive lives.
Barbara’s energy for volunteering has been equally astounding, working for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center as mediator and translator, serving on the board of Woodside Terrace Kiwanis and coordinating activities for low-income people at Fair Oaks Community Center. At Habitat for Humanity, she plays the critical role of helping select families for homeownership projects and recruiting volunteers.
Through her work and volunteer activities, Barbara has placed more than 1,000 people in permanent housing, helped families realize their dream of homeownership, trained people in conflict resolution and distributed food to needy families and children. This is a woman who has devoted her life to service, and her work speaks for itself in a stronger, healthier community.