Apartment execs open their hearts and their wallets for the third annual Housing Industry Foundation Texas Hold’em Tournament

San Jose, Calif. – Apartment industry leaders and humanitarians met June 7 for the Housing Industry Foundation’s (HIF) third annual Texas Hold’em Tournament. All proceeds from the event, totaling over $10,000, benefited HIF’s charitable efforts to save households from homelessness through emergency housing grants and housing renovations. HIF provides one-time emergency grants of up to $1000 for rent or security deposits on behalf of individuals and families who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

San Jose's Club Auto Sport

Club Auto Sport, the venue for HIF's third annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament.

The event sponsored by Thoits Insurance, took place at San Jose’s Club Auto Sport, a business and event center that also serves as a showroom for some of the most desirable privately owned automobiles in the Bay Area. Amidst the glitz and glamour of the many Ferraris and Porsches on display, On-Site team members Eric Basart, Mike & Jennifer McCarty and On‑Site CEO and HIF board member Jake Harrington battled the apartment industry’s top card sharks, round after round, and earned three seats at the final card table. After a nightlong battle of attrition, Jake placed third overall alongside Jason Morvay, national account manager at HD Supply; and Peter Wynne, construction and project manager at Prometheus Real Estate Group, who took first and second respectively. The first place prize was a 16GB new iPad.

Eric and Jake

Eric and Jake during a tense moment at the final table.

Regarding his success Jake had this to say: “It’s only at a poker event for a charitable cause that I would’ve been happy to have been taken to the cleaners. The fact that I was the one doing the cleaning was a great surprise.”

HIF’s stated mission “is to help individuals and families either remain in or return to stable housing and to assist with special housing projects or renovations in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.” To achieve this mission HIF uniquely leverages the connections of its apartment industry members to “minimize cost and maximize impact in the community.”

In its 23 years of existence, HIF has saved 5,089 households from homelessness and completed 74 renovations for non-profit shelters.


About HIF

The Housing Industry Foundation helps individuals and families either remain in or return to stable housing and assists with shelter renovations in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. A multi-family housing industry-based organization, HIF leverages their board’s contacts and expertise to minimize costs and maximize output to the community. All administrative costs are supported by contributions from the board of directors. 100% of all additional funds go directly back to the community.

HIF has helped over 10,000 households overcome a housing crisis through emergency grants for housing expenses and by rehabilitating housing units for the working poor and other special needs populations.

About On-Site

On-Site is teaching the real estate industry something Apple and Google learned years ago: usability is king. At On-Site, that means bringing the apartment industry up to speed with what today’s consumer expects from an online experience. Conveniently and securely, we allow today’s renter to find an available apartment, qualify and pay for it and then e-sign the lease. Our 100% paperless listing-to-lease platform encompasses marketing, lead generation, risk mitigation, document storage, mobile solutions and cloud computing services. Founded in 1999, the company has been voted Best Resident Screening Service three years in a row and its paperless office platform was a finalist in the First Annual Green Initiatives Awards from Multi-Housing News.