With barriers to finding shelter, pregnant women and mothers turn to small-scale operations for housing, shelter in DC

Pregnant women and mothers face many barriers when seeking housing and shelter. Small-scale operations in the District, like the Northwest Center and House of Ruth, are taking the lead to support women with families who are experiencing homelessness.

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Setting new standards for homeless families

There is a new housing complex situated just on the border between D.C. and Maryland at 4300 12th Street SE. It has 3 floors of single-family units, a public computer lab, free tenant WiFi, and a communal lounge, brightly colored and spacious. It is all brand new, with friendly staff and modern furniture. The most distinguishing feature of this new complex? Residents can live here rent-free.
Photo of several row houses in DC.

Co-op Housing is an option to overcome substandard housing, experts say

On Aug. 13, Empower DC hosted a public forum at the “Action Hub” for D.C. residents to learn more about how co-operative housing could be a viable alternative to the current public housing crisis in D.C. Panelists included Amanda Huron of University of the District of Columbia, Johanna Bockman of George Mason University, and Empower DC co-founder Linda Leaks.