From streets, shelters, prisons, and hospitals, each year Joseph's House welcomes approximately 35 men and women, all of whom have AIDS or terminal cancer, to its eight-bed house in Adams Morgan. There, they find a compassionate community that provides specialized and end-of-life care. Serving the homeless and those with unstable housing, Joseph's House offers each resident physical, emotional, and spiritual nourishment, 24-hour nursing care, medical case management, and addiction recovery support, as well as home-cooked meals and communal activities. Most residents are hospice patients who receive constant support and love; staff and volunteers hold vigil for the dying, remaining fully present to them in their final hours. Others regain their health and, when they do, Joseph’s House helps them return to independence while continuing to offer support – managing medications and providing transportation and basic necessities, including food, clothing, and shoes. In a city with some of the nation’s highest rates of HIV infection, cancer mortality, and homelessness, Joseph's House remains steadfastly committed to providing a home – and community – to those who come through its doors.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Adult; Elderly

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 75%; Asian American, 2%; Caucasian, 4%; Latino/Hispanic, 4%; Other, 15%

Population(s) Served: Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 60539

United Way Agency Number: 8485

Awards & Recognition

Catalogue for Philanthropy - One of the Best 2015-2016
Winner, Make DC Designing Dreams competition, 2014
United Way/NCA Do More 24, Most Funds Raised, 2014


  • The House that Love Built
    Thu Mar 1 2012, POZ  
    A poignant look inside this DC hospice, and the healing that it provides ...

  • Inside Joseph's House
    Tue Dec 2 2008  
    Here in Joseph's House, it is not unusual for death to play out in one room while life defiantly goes on in another. At the dining room table, the healthy pass biscuits to the unhealthy, and frail, slow hands clear place mats so that young, able ones won't have to. People die and then cookies are baked.

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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Joseph's House is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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