Founded in 1992 to address the serious lack of affordable housing in DC’s Latino neighborhoods, Mi Casa helps tenants organize and purchase their apartment buildings when they come up for sale, renovates and builds housing for families, and leases apartments at affordable rates. It also trains clients in the skills they need to keep their homes – balancing a budget, reading financial statements, hiring and supervising a property manager. One of DC’s most innovative developers – it recently partnered with the city to pilot a housing program serving young mothers who have aged out of foster care and seniors living on fixed incomes – Mi Casa has taken the lead in addressing one of the principle problems facing low-income residents in the District. Won’t you join with them and help all DC residents have a safe, affordable place to call home?
Most communication with active clients is through phone, email, and video calls. Emergency repairs continue safely at rental properties. In the Genesis Intergenerational Program for young mothers and seniors, staff conduct remote check-ins to ensure well-being and see that, as work or wages are lost, basic needs are met. Grocery and pharmacy store runs are available for those unable to get to the store or afford deliveries. Community activities are held in the community garden, a home-schooling expert provides guidance on home schooling, and new projects are planned for the future – all designed to combat isolation and build community.