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Housing Up Housing Up: Housing Families, Transforming Lives Housing Up is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing and support services to more than 700 homeless and at-risk families in DC.

Housing Up provides permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing and affordable housing to families so that they can transform their lives.

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April is National Fair Housing Month! On this day in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act, whic...
04/11/2022

April is National Fair Housing Month! On this day in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act, which made discrimination in housing transactions unlawful. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, sex, gender, religion, disability, familial status, and national origin. Read more here: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/fair_housing_act_overview

Our Abrams Hall Senior Apartments provide 80 units of affordable senior housing. 64 units target seniors below 50% AMI, ...
04/08/2022
DC makes affordable housing investment for seniors | WTOP News

Our Abrams Hall Senior Apartments provide 80 units of affordable senior housing. 64 units target seniors below 50% AMI, & 16 units target seniors below 30% AMI. Now, we’re developing 54 units of PSH assisted living. Check out what else DC is providing for seniors:
https://wtop.com/dc/2022/03/dc-mayor-shares-affordable-housing-investments-for-seniors/

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced investments totaling $19.5 billion with the goal of improving access to housing for D.C. seniors, as well as healthcare and technological opportunities.

Housing Up is hiring! Do you want to join a passionate group of individuals working to end family homelessness in Washin...
04/06/2022

Housing Up is hiring! Do you want to join a passionate group of individuals working to end family homelessness in Washington, DC? Check out our open full-time positions here: https://housingup.org/about-us/careers/

Housing Up is looking for dynamic and passionate individuals to join our team! We’re a nonprofit affordable housing deve...
03/30/2022

Housing Up is looking for dynamic and passionate individuals to join our team! We’re a nonprofit affordable housing developer that provides supportive services to homeless and low-income families. Help us end family homelessness in the District and check out our open positions: https://housingup.org/about-us/careers/

A program called THRIVE East of the River tapped $4.43 million in philanthropic dollars to provide $5,500 in cash to 590...
03/28/2022
What Happened When 590 D.C. Families Received $5,500, No Strings Attached

A program called THRIVE East of the River tapped $4.43 million in philanthropic dollars to provide $5,500 in cash to 590 families east of the Anacostia River between 7/20 and 1/22. Many families reported this extra money provided short-term financial stability and peace of mind. https://dcist.com/story/22/02/24/thrive-basic-income-program-provided-stability/

THRIVE East of the River distributed more than $4 million to low-income families in D.C. as part of a "basic income" pilot.

This #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re honoring Shirley Chisholm. Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to Congress, an ad...
03/25/2022

This #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re honoring Shirley Chisholm. Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to Congress, an advocate for early education and child welfare policies. She was also the first Black candidate to run for a major party presidential nomination, and she was one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Women’s Caucus.

Photo Credit: Thomas J. O'Halloran

Rockford, IL spent more than 5 years reimagining how to end chronic homelessness. At the beginning of the pandemic, the ...
03/23/2022
What Covid Taught This Mid-Sized City About Ending Homelessness

Rockford, IL spent more than 5 years reimagining how to end chronic homelessness. At the beginning of the pandemic, the city was poised to eliminate homelessness, and as they approach “functional zero” homelessness, they explore the link between housing and health. More here:
https://www.politico.com/news/agenda/2022/02/15/covid-taught-mid-size-city-ending-homelessness-00008829

As Rockford, Illinois nears “functional zero” homelessness, the connection between health and housing has never been clearer.

Inconsistent heat has been plaguing many DC residents, who have often relied on dangerous space heaters to keep their ap...
03/21/2022
Every winter, D.C. apartment tenants live with insufficient heat. Spotty enforcement leaves residents to fend for themselves.

Inconsistent heat has been plaguing many DC residents, who have often relied on dangerous space heaters to keep their apartments warm for their families. After inaction from apartment management companies and DC agencies, some have purchased fire insurance after the NY tragedy last month.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/02/18/dc-renters-heat-enforcement/

Kandice James, 38, and her daughters, Zariah, 2, and Zaiyd, 10, have been without heat in their apartment in Southeast Washington since November 2021, despite multiple reports to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The cold has aggravated the girls’ asthma and kept James up man...

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re highlighting current HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and former U.S. Congresswoman of ...
03/18/2022

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re highlighting current HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and former U.S. Congresswoman of 13 years. Previously, Fudge was Warrensville, OH’s first female and first African American mayor.

Photo Credit: HUD

03/17/2022

Yesterday, Mayor Bowser released highlights of her proposed FY23 budget, which included an investment of $500 M in the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF), doubling the previous historic HPTF appropriation of $500 M over FY21 & FY22.

The HPTF is the main tool that enables nonprofit housing providers, mission-driven for-profit developers, & renters wanting to exercise their Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act rights to preserve and develop affordable housing across Washington, DC.

We thank Mayor Bowser for her continued commitment to bringing more affordable housing to the District!

An additional 3.7 million children slipped into poverty in January, according to a recent Columbia University study, aft...
03/16/2022
Child poverty surges after Child Tax Credit payments end

An additional 3.7 million children slipped into poverty in January, according to a recent Columbia University study, after the Child Tax Credit ended. This pushed the national child poverty rate to 17% compared with 12.1% in December — the highest poverty rate for kids in the U.S. since the end of 2020. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/child-tax-credit-poverty-surges-after-ctc-checks-end/

Nearly 4 million more U.S. children are living in poverty since the monthly checks ended in December, research shows.

This #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re spotlighting Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was born in DC and is the current Supreme Court ...
03/11/2022

This #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re spotlighting Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was born in DC and is the current Supreme Court nominee. Previously, Judge Brown Jackson worked as an assistant federal public defender in DC where she was known to shorten lengthy prison terms and win “uncommon victories”.
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Housing Up is hiring! Do you want to join a passionate group of individuals working to end family homelessness in the Di...
03/09/2022

Housing Up is hiring! Do you want to join a passionate group of individuals working to end family homelessness in the District? Check out our open spring/summer 2022 internships and full-time positions here: https://housingup.org/about-us/careers/

We’re excited to share that we’ve earned a 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency with Candid (formerly Guidestar)! Now, you...
03/07/2022

We’re excited to share that we’ve earned a 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency with Candid (formerly Guidestar)! Now, you can support our work with even more confidence. Check out our profile: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/52-1675958

Apply to become a Housing Up Associate Board member! The Board is made of community-oriented young professionals who sup...
03/02/2022

Apply to become a Housing Up Associate Board member! The Board is made of community-oriented young professionals who support our mission by providing families with enrichment opportunities, comprehensive resources, and resident programming. More here:https://housingup.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022-2023-AB-Application.pdf

To close #BlackHistoryMonth, we want to honor Mary Church Terrell. She was a civil rights activist, the first Black woma...
02/25/2022

To close #BlackHistoryMonth, we want to honor Mary Church Terrell. She was a civil rights activist, the first Black woman to be appointed to a school board, and the NACWC president. Of all her legacies, one of her proudest was how she led the push to integrate DC eateries.

Want to become a powerful advocate for affordable housing in DC, while building professional skills and supporting famil...
02/24/2022

Want to become a powerful advocate for affordable housing in DC, while building professional skills and supporting families? We're looking for new Associate Board members. Learn more and apply here:https://housingup.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022-2023-AB-Application.pdf

Construction of Waterfront II, a mixed-income multifamily development in DC’s SW neighborhood, is slated for completion ...
02/23/2022
Merchants Capital Provides $141M Financing for Mixed-Income Multifamily Development in Southwest D.C.

Construction of Waterfront II, a mixed-income multifamily development in DC’s SW neighborhood, is slated for completion by winter 2023. It will include 68 units of affordable housing for households earning 30% of the area median income (AMI), and 68 apartments for households earning 50% AMI. https://rebusinessonline.com/merchants-capital-provides-141m-financing-for-mixed-income-multifamily-development-in-southwest-d-c/

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Merchants Capital has provided more than $141 million in financing for Waterfront Station II, a mixed-income multifamily development currently under construction in the Southwest neighborhood of Washington, […]

Gentrification and displacement affect low-income Black and Brown communities more than anyone else, and both have hit D...
02/21/2022
Developers Are Using Constructive Eviction to Make Affordable Housing Unbearable, But These ‘Organized’ and ‘Savvy’ D.C. Residents Fought Back and Won

Gentrification and displacement affect low-income Black and Brown communities more than anyone else, and both have hit DC the hardest out of all the cities in the US. See how tenants of Congress Heights Apartments in SE formed a tenant association with the support of Justice First, fought for their homes, and won: https://www.yahoo.com/now/developers-using-constructive-eviction-affordable-190800974.html

Affordable housing advocates score a rare win against gentrification in one of Washington, D.C.’s longstanding predominantly Black neighborhoods. A settlement was reached on Jan. 7 […]

We're looking for new Associate Board members! Our Associate Board is made of community-oriented young professionals who...
02/18/2022

We're looking for new Associate Board members! Our Associate Board is made of community-oriented young professionals who support Housing Up in providing families with programming, enrichment opportunities, and comprehensive resources. Apply here:https://housingup.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022-2023-AB-Application.pdf

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we’re highlighting Kelly Miller, a mathematician, sociologist, author, educator, and Was...
02/18/2022

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we’re highlighting Kelly Miller, a mathematician, sociologist, author, educator, and Washingtonian. He was a pivotal administrator at Howard University and was a co-editor of the NAACP journal “The Crisis”. Today, he is the namesake of the Kelly Miller Middle School and the Kelly Miller Pool.

Photo courtesy of Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

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1322 Main Drive, NW
Washington D.C., DC
20012

Take an S bus (S2, S4, S9, etc.) from Columbia Heights or Silver Spring Metro stations

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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(202) 291-5535

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Housing Up has weekly, monthly, and one-time volunteer opportunities to work with our families. To learn more, contact our Manager of Volunteer Programs and Community Engagement, Dillon Ficca at [email protected] or at 202-291-5535 x412

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Housing Families, Transforming Lives

In 1990, a group of Christ Lutheran Church volunteers came together to help families get into safe and stable housing by buying an apartment building on the corner of Georgia Ave and Kennedy St NW. This building housed 13 families and was named Partner Arms 1, and this group of volunteers founded the Transitional Housing Corporation. After 28 years and a name change, we have grown substantially, now serving nearly 600 families across a continuum of housing options.

Housing Up provides a variety of comprehensive support services to help transition families from homelessness to housing and economic stability once families are safely housed, so that the parents and children in our program can make transformational changes in their own lives. Thanks to our proven success of housing and supporting families, Housing Up plays a critical role in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to end homelessness in the District, with the goal of making family homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring by 2020.

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Celebrate #FairHousingMonth with us and join a virtual panel discussion about how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped fair housing. Guest speakers will include: a real estate agent Evan Lee Marbury, Housing Up and the DC Office of the Tenant Advocate. Join us for a lively discussion, learn about important information and resources and to share your thoughts on fair housing in the District during this difficult time. Thursday, April 7th, 6 – 7:30pm Register here:
We’re back with our families at the Webster Gardens Apartments in D.C.! We had so much fun hosting a spring community day together for the residents! We played games, ate pizza and enjoyed each other’s company as we rang in the new season. We can’t wait for our next event with this amazing group! ❤️ Housing Up
Housing Up is hosting its first, virtual “Seat at the Table” panel discussion of the year about the intersection of housing, health, employment, domestic violence, and the roles we can play in addressing the compounding crisis facing women and, child of color today. Panel ➡️ Our New Normal: COVID-19’s Continuing Impact on Women and Children of Color - Tuesday, March 15 at 6:00 pm EST. Register here: http://ow.ly/X2RE50IhHp5
Our New Normal: COVID-19 & Continuing Impact on Women and Children of Color. Please join our Shelter Director Michelle Sewell, and other community voices for the second year in a row as we join our host Housing Up to discuss the intersection of housing, health, employment, and domestic violence, and the roles that we can play in addressing the compounding crises facing women and children of color today. Date: 3/15/21 Time: 6pm- 7pm EST Link: https://housingup.org/join-us-for-revisiting-covid-19-its-impact-on-women-and-children-of-color/ #endhomelessness #washingtondc #housingjustice #domesticviolencesurvivor #womenshistorymonth
Meet Jenelle! ❤️ After discovering us through our partners at Housing Up, Jenelle arrived at the Suited for Change boutique ready to find her 'power pantsuit’! With the help of our incredible volunteer, Brea, Jenelle did just that. As she posed for the camera, it was obvious for everyone who was watching, how much she seemed to glow in her new outfit. After a wonderful suiting session, Jenelle sat down with our professional development coach, Diedra, to further refine her interview skills. By the end of her visit, Jenelle felt ready to take on her next interview with a newfound confidence. Thanks to our SFC friends and family. more women like Jenelle are able to get the attire and coaching necessary to succeed. Join us in wishing Jenelle good luck! #ProfessionalDevelopment #Coaching #Suiting #WomenEmpowerWomen
Merry Christmas Family! 💚❤️ We had so much fun with Housing Up and the residents of the Webster Gardens Apartments touring D. C. to see the Christmas lights! Times like these help us remember the reasons for the season. We hope you are all enjoying your holiday & we’ll see you on New Years Eve! 🥂 🍾 🎥 RJ Miller
#NonprofitReport: On 7/1, we discussed #AffordableHousing for #LowIncome and #homeless individuals and #families, w/ guests; Rob Cramp, Executive Director of Housing for Homeless Maria Devlin, President and CEO of Families in Transition & Philip H. Hecht, President and CEO of Housing Up https://youtu.be/m6CDqrSDCy0 #lowincomehousing #housing #transitionalhousing #lowincomefamilies #homelesslivesmatter #homelessshelter #homelesspeople #giveback
Happy Thanksgiving from our Hearts of Empowerment Family to yours! We celebrated Thanksgiving with Housing Up and our Webster Garden families in D.C. by doing some arts and crafts and indulging in a pre-Thanksgiving feast! It’s always a pleasure getting together with this community! We are so thankful for the opportunity to work with amazing organizations and for our incredible support system of volunteers, donors and followers. Happy Thanksgiving y’all! ❤️ 🦃
At the core of our values is being a person for others. Every day, we try to answer the call to share God's love with those who need it the most. Our parish will be feeding approximately 200 families this Thanksgiving. 8th graders packed grocery bags for The Father McKenna Center, Hope and a Home, and Housing Up. Bags will also be delivered to the migrant families our parish sponsors. To learn more about and support Holy Trinity social justice initiatives, please visit https://trinity.org/social-justice/. #ADWCommUNITY #jesuit #jesuiteducated #catholic #catholicschool #catholiceducation #giveback
#NonprofitReport: On 7/1, we discussed #AffordableHousing for #LowIncome and #homeless individuals and #families, w/ guests; Rob Cramp, Executive Director of Housing for Homeless Maria Devlin, President and CEO of Families in Transition & Philip H. Hecht, President and CEO of Housing Up http://ow.ly/ltzQ50GO5a2 #lowincomehousing #housing #transitionalhousing #lowincomefamilies #homelesslivesmatter #homelessshelter #homelesspeople #giveback
Donate to Give-A-Gift this year! Just $30 will provide one gift to an individual this holiday season. Each additional $30 will provide another person with a gift! Check out the link in bio to give through December 10th. Your donation will allow our partners like Housing Up to buy gifts for the people they serve. Housing Up works to end the cycle of generational poverty by providing stable housing and opportunities for families to succeed. #GWGives #GiveAGift2021
Happy Halloween! 👻🎃🕸 We had so much fun hosting a spooky costume party at the Webster Gardens Apartments with Housing Up! We played games with the kids, decorated bags for trick or treating, and closed out the night with a pizza party! We always love getting together with this community and we’re already looking forward to our next event! ❤️