Affordable Housing Initiative

SOME started out serving sandwiches to our hungry and homeless neighbors in 1970. We soon realized that these folks needed more than just a meal. Over our 48-year history, we have expanded our services to include healthcare, addiction treatment, job training, and other crucial services. In 1989, SOME opened our first affordable housing program, Shalom House, for 94 formerly homeless men and women.

SOME continues to address the dire need for safe and affordable housing in the District through our Affordable Housing Initiative. In 2005 we set a goal of creating 1,000 units of affordable housing because we know that housing is the solution to homelessness. Today, we are proud to be more than three-quarters of the way to that goal, having created 781 apartments and single rooms for families and single adults. Click here to apply for SOME housing.

We want to recognize the extraordinary help we have received from the City, the Mayor, the City Council, the Federal Government, our governing and advisory boards, donors, funders, investors, and lenders that has made it possible to open or be developing the following properties throughout the District:

Horace McKenna House

 

8 Individuals

Joe Smith House

 

10 Individuals

Independence House

 

22 Families

Freedom House

 

31 Individuals

Barnaby House

 

11 Families

Zagami House

 

12 Families

Chesapeake House

 

22 Families

Bedford Falls

 

78 Individuals

Kuehner House

 

48 Senior Citizens

Chabraja House

 

53 Individuals

Griffin House

 

22 Families, 18 Individuals

Gasner House

 

49 Individuals

Fendall Heights

 

21 Veteran Families, 8 Single Veterans

Marian’s House

 

43 Individuals

Weinberg Building

 

28 Families

Reverend G. Smith House

 

38 Individuals

Conway Center

 

30 Families, 152 Individuals

Liz Donohue House*

 

36 Families

Walter Reed**

 

41 Senior Citizens

*Opening Fall 2018
**Opening 2020

   



While SOME prides itself on creating safe and dignified housing, we know that a stable roof over one’s head is only the beginning. That is why all our housing programs incorporate comprehensive wrap-around services for our residents. Residents meet regularly with a case worker and together develop and work towards goals, such as attaining further education or full-time employment or working towards financial stability. Residents have access to the full spectrum of SOME’s therapeutic services as well, helping them to work through any trauma they have experienced. It is our hope that this combination of housing and services will provide greater pathways to economic advancement, personal growth, and a chance at a better life.You can support SOME’s Affordable Housing Initiative by donating or by becoming a corporate partner.

The Conway Center

SOME’s Conway Center, at 4430 Benning Road, NE, is our most innovative project dedicated to creating opportunities and pathways to success for our community’s most vulnerable. The Conway Center, located directly across from the Benning Road Metro Station, is in the heart of the Benning Heights neighborhood and is the first facility in the District to combine affordable housing, job training and healthcare in a single location.

The seven-story LEED-certified building features 30 units of Affordable Housing for families and 152 units for single adults, including 16 units designated for seniors; Job Training for 300 low-income job seekers, annually, at SOME's Center for Employment Training (SOME CET); and Healthcare for 10,000 patients each year through a partnership with Unity Health Care.

We gratefully acknowledge the more than 1,000 donors who gave generously to the $20 million Building Hope Capital Campaign chaired by William Conway, Jr., as well as our other partners, investors, lenders, and volunteers whose support was critical to the development of the Conway Center.

Housing in Development

In Fall 2018, SOME will open a new affordable housing program for families, the Liz Donohue House, located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in NW DC. Donohue House will serve 37 families and is named in loving memory of Elizabeth Donohue, a dear friend of SOME and a champion of the poor.

SOME is also currently developing affordable housing for 41 seniors on the former Walter Reed Campus. That program is on track to open in 2020.