JUBILEE HOUSING INC Overview
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District of Columbia 20009
Geographic areas served: Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV
Programs: The primary focus of Jubilee Housing is to maintain affordable rents for low to very-low income individuals and families living in the Adams Morgan area of the District of Columbia. In contrast to most new affordable housing projects, which target low- to middle-income households between 40-60 percent of Area Median Income, Jubilee Housing holds rent at levels that are affordable for people earning 25 percent of Area Median Income. The majority of its budget is used to maintain rent affordability by offsetting the difference between rental revenue and the total cost of operations. Were rents to be set at a level that would sustain the total cost of operations, it would mean increases of more than 75 percent per household, an action that would be tantamount to displacing the vast majority of households into the suburbs, or worse yet onto the streets.
Resident Programs & Services are also a hallmark of the Jubilee Housing mission. Services include pro-active rent counseling, drop-in case management, a variety of resident empowerment and community organizing initiatives and preferential referral access to a broad network of social services (described in more detail in the Partnership section of the proposal).
In addition to supportive long-term housing, a new transitional living program called the Jubilee Initiative, now offers residents a highly structured path to financial self-sufficiency in three years. Growing out of increased resident interest in home ownership, it employs a financial literacy curriculum to help residents establish a working budget, eliminate debt, and accumulate savings to prepare the way for market level housing options, including home ownership. Currently twenty-one families are participating in this innovative program.
Resident organizing initiatives form in response to concerns that residents raise about various issues facing community life at Jubilee Housing. For instance, in response to public safety issues that have risen at and around the Ritz building, residents requested a meeting with staff to address their concerns. The meeting evolved into regular monthly sessions with the residents of the building to discuss ways to promote a healthier living environment. The process has led to the emergence of a Safety Coalition among neighborhood agencies including the police department, the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services and others. With the help of the Enterprise Foundation, meetings are facilitated so that resident leaders are identified and encouraged to take ownership in the process of improving conditions of the housing community.