Mary House is a community-based Washington, DC organization providing transitional housing and support programs, including recovery assistance, to homeless families struggling with substance abuse. Mary House relies on donations and grants, some of which can help off-set the cost of housing and treatment. Founded in 1981, the facility serves immigrant and refugee parents and children in the DC area.
Accommodations and Amenities
Mary House has 13 locations in northeast Washington, DC and Tacoma Park, Maryland that can serve up to 50 families. Qualified applicants are offered apartments with one and two bedrooms, private baths and kitchens. Mary House works with the community and law enforcement to maintain the safety and well being of its residents the neighborhoods they serve and the community at large. Nearby shopping is convenient and public transportation is available at all locations, as is on and off-street on-parking for registered, insured vehicles. Since this organization only provides housing, all food must be bought and cooked by the residents themselves.
For children, there are schools in all the neighborhoods served that meet community standards. These also offer after-school programs and tutoring when necessary. Some of the locations have community gardens, as well.
Rules and Regulations
Applicants must meet economic guidelines in order to qualify. Accepted residents sign lease agreements that they will take care of the properties they inhabit. Clients in recovery must be enrolled in a certified recovery program (not offered through the organization itself) and fulfill all their legal obligations, such as reporting to parole or probation officers when necessary. Residents must also be employed or participating in an approved volunteer program. Children must attend school, be monitored and are encouraged to play safely and remain on-site.
Drug and alcohol use, domestic abuse and violence of any kind, verbal and physical threats and any actions that endanger the welfare and safety of family members or neighbors is not tolerated and can be grounds for termination of the lease. Failure to comply with all stipulations and rules can also be grounds for lease termination. Community groups are formed to deal with conflict resolution, though Mary House staff can act as final arbitrators in all matters.
Assistance with job-seeking, finding medical care, pre-school and college-enrollment and childcare are all provided through Mary House. English language lessons are also available when necessary. Finally, Mary House also offers a summer youth camp.
Mary House offers a safe and nurturing environment to homeless and low income families in need of housing and help with recovery. The staff works with all available resources to help those struggling to rebuild their lives while keeping their families intact.
4303 13th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
Mary House Cost: Sliding scale, financial aid available to qualifying residents (30 days). Reach Mary House by phone at (202) 635-9025 for the program office or by email at [email protected]
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