In 1994, a team of Montgomery County parents set a goal: independent housing for their adult children with psychiatric disabilities. They believed their children would grow happier and healthier when empowered to live safely on their own. Today, Housing Unlimited owns 76 homes, providing 210 individuals with housing – as well as the responsibilities it entails and great privileges it brings. Rents are based on each tenant's income and are capped both to provide security and encourage employment. Residents remain free to make their own decisions regarding therapy and medical care. A Tenants' Council strengthens leadership and organizational skills and ensures that tenants have a voice in their day-to-day lives. The current waitlist for this effective program is two years long: your contribution will help even more individuals in mental health recovery become proudly independent.
Covid-19 Update: Housing Unlimited is operating in a "business as usual" mode in this difficult time. Even though staff are operating remotely, they continue to check in weekly by phone with each of the 215 tenants to ensure that all are succeeding in their independent housing. Housing Unlimited has also been able to purchase a new home during this period – to increase the number of people it is able to serve.
Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County
Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County
Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
- Individuals housed (temporary shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing) annually:
Awards & Recognition
2010 - Housing Unlimited is awarded the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Commitment to Excellence Award at the Governors Conference on Housing and Sustainable Communities
2010 - Housing Unlimited purchases their 45th home
2010 - Executive Director Abe Schuchman participates in the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2011
2009- HUI Executive Director Abe Schuchman selected for the 2009 Weinberg Fellow Program—a non-profit management and leadership development program for executive directors of non-profit organizations in the state of Maryland
2009 - Development Director Marjorie Goldman CFRE graduates in the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2010
2008- HUI's Project MPDU Home Acquisition Initiative wins the Innovation Award from the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)
2008- HUI wins $1.4 million grant award from the state of Maryland to purchase scattered-site townhomes in Montgomery County to house very low income, at risk adults with psychiatric disabilities
2007- HUI’s Tenant Empowerment Program wins the Commitment to Excellence award in the category of “Special Needs Housing” at the Maryland Governor’s Conference on Housing
2007- HUI is featured as “one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region” in the Catalogue for Philanthropy
2006- HUI’s Tenants Council initiative wins the Commitment to Excellence award in the category of “Individuals with Disabilities” at the Maryland Governor’s Conference on Housing
2005- HUI's Tenant Empowerment Program is awarded "Best Community Life Program" (Maryland) by the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)
2005- HUI receives honorable mention in the category of Special Needs Housing at the Maryland Governor’s Conference on Housing
2005- HUI wins $1.1 million grant award from the state of Maryland to purchase scattered-site townhomes in Montgomery County to house very low income, at risk adults with psychiatric disabilities
2004- Housing Unlimited, Inc. successfully completes the renewal process to obtain Maryland Nonprofits' Seal of Excellence for completing the Standards of Excellence Program. We proudly display this logo to demonstrate our commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethics and accountability in the nonprofit sector.
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