The causes of homelessness are varied: unemployment, disability, illness, addiction, domestic violence. So Housing Up provides a range of housing services to more than 600 homeless and at-risk families in DC, enabling them to make transformational changes in their lives. For those experiencing homelessness for the first time, rapid re-housing gets them back on the road to housing stability. Permanent Supportive Housing provides homes for the chronically homeless (many of whom struggle with disabilities, HIV/AIDS, or substance abuse). And Affordable Housing units offer low-income, working families a safe and dignified place to live. But the idea is not just to put a roof over a family's head (though that is no small thing); it's to help people build the skills they need to achieve housing stability and self-sufficiency. Housing Up's comprehensive services include employment and career counseling, job readiness and life skills training, mental health counseling, and youth enrichment programs such as gardening, art clubs, and tutoring. The ultimate goal: end family homelessness by 2020 – with your help, please.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 4

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Women/Girls; ; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Number of families Served over the last 25 years:   Over 500 families
  • Number of families in affordable rental housing :   138 families
  • Number of families in rapid-rehousing:   186 families
  • Number of families in permanent supportive housing :   119 families
  • Number of families in transitional housing:   26 families

Awards & Recognition

-Recipient of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Real Estate Award from the University of Maryland’s Colvin Institute for Real Estate Development for Weinberg Commons – 2015
-Finalist for The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management – 2015
-Named best Large Affordable Housing Project by the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers – Fort View and Webster Gardens - 2012


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Budget (FY2015)

  • The current budget for Housing Up (formerly THC) is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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