Building the Foundation for Bright Futures

In developing SOME's Conway Center, the goal was to create a hub containing resources a person might need to improve their lives. The building contains over 180 units of safe and dignified affordable housing, our transformational job training program, and top-notch primary and specialty healthcare made possible through an innovative partnership between SOME's mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs, Unity Health Care, and Howard University Hospital.

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The Conway Center offers affordable housing for 30 families and 152 individuals,

job training for up to 300 students, and access to Unity Health Care.

Also available at the Conway Center are the support services crucial to helping people find pathways out of poverty and achieve long-term success. One such service is enhanced financial literacy workshops made possible through the Capital One Financial Resiliency Fund. Financial Literacy is important for everyone, but especially for residents of our housing because low-income families and individuals face many additional barriers to financial well-being. A lack of access to banks, credit, and long-term savings solutions, as well as inadequate financial education, leave low-income people vulnerable to predatory services like payday lenders or check-cashing outlets. Through the partnership with Capital one, residents have access to workshops on savings and budgeting, building credit, working towards home ownership or starting a small business, and making use of available digital tools in their financial planning. These workshops will empower participants to make better financial decisions, build assets, and increase their confidence in handling financial matters. Another key aspect of this partnership is that Capital One's financial access educators are also training SOME staff on these principles, ensuring that this invaluable support can be offered to residents in other SOME programs now and in the future. 

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Sean Chrysostom, Financial Access Educator