Since 1973, Jubilee Housing has conducted its faith-based mission in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. They provide safe, affordable sober housing to low-income individuals and families seeking to rebuild their lives, encouraging residents to explore self-development, self-sufficiency and active participation in residential, communal and civic life. Staff counselors work with clients to provide long-term support, crisis intervention, community building and referrals to Jubilee’s sister agencies.
In July 2015, Jubilee received a $1.4 million grant for renovations and predicts it will be able to keep costs at current prices for the next 30 years, offering stable housing to clients in recovery with incomes as low as $19,000 per year.
Accommodations and Housing
Jubilee Housing properties are located in the Adams Morgan neighborhoods, two miles due north of the White House. A women’s facility is located on Ontario Road and a men’s facility is located on 18th Street. The newly acquired Maycroft property on Columbia Road is scheduled to be retrofitted to accommodate families so both parents can assist in child-rearing.
Qualified applicants receive one- or two-bedroom apartments, depending on family size. All units have private bathrooms and kitchens. Properties are regularly maintained, though clients are expected to take pride in their homes and help keep the neighborhood safe and thriving.
Rules and Regulations
Applicants must meet economic guidelines and other qualifications set by District of Columbia law. Upon acceptance, residents sign an agreement stating they will fulfill all their court-ordered and recovery program mandates, participate in all recovery opportunities in the community, remain sober and take personal responsibility for their sobriety. Still, random drug tests are not employed here—these agreements are made more or less on the honor system.
Employment must be secured within the first 30 days unless otherwise specified. Any illegal activity is cause for eviction, as is risky or violent behavior.
Residents have access to a network of social services through Jubilee Ministries, which specializes in assistance with primary health care, job placement and after-school programming for children. All services are within walking distance of Jubilee Housing. Spanish-language services and public transportation are also available.
Jubilee Housing is a faith-based nonprofit that goes beyond safe housing to provide those in need of substance abuse support with a safe and positive community atmosphere. While those in need of a firmer structure may need to look elsewhere, Jubilee Housing is a good option for the recently sober who are down and out.
1640 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
Jubilee Housing Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach Jubilee Housing by phone at (202) 299-1240 or by email at [email protected]
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