Resident Spotlight: Gilma Merino

When Gilma Merino emigrated from El Salvador to the United States as a child, it was hard for her family to find stable housing. After years of bouncing from apartment to apartment, struggling in school, and experiencing domestic violence, Gilma found stability at Jubilee Housing. “I came to the right place at the right time,” Gilma said. “Jubilee is a …

Jubilee Housing Board Members Show Support at Hearing for Reappointment of Jubilee Executive Director Jim Knight to Housing Production Trust Fund Board

Thanks to Jim Knight, the Kairos Program, and Jubilee Housing, Sam Buggs said his life is back on course. “Without those three entities, I am not sure what I would be doing today,” he said. Buggs was speaking at a public confirmation hearing before the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization. He was there …

Countdown to Closing

On Monday, March 27, friends and supporters of Jubilee Housing gathered in the first floor of the Maycroft Apartments to reflect on the journey to Justice Housing and begin the countdown to closing. In doing so, they also celebrated an exciting new partnership with Martha’s Table that will provide 64 affordable homes coupled with critical services in the Maycroft. The evening began with a hors d’eouvres provided by …

Jubilee Housing and Martha’s Table Partner to Provide Affordable Homes and Critical Services in Columbia Heights for D.C.’s Lowest-income Families

Washington, D.C.—February 16, 2017—Today Jubilee Housing and Martha’s Table, two of D.C.’s most storied nonprofits, announced a partnership to provide, at the historic Maycroft Apartments in Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, 64 affordable homes coupled with critical services that will be available to building residents as well as to other vulnerable families across Northwest D.C. Jubilee Housing will renovate and preserve …

Service-rich Housing Can Help Returning Citizens Thrive in DC

Re “It does not have to be this way’: Report slams services for former inmates returning to D.C.” published in the Washington Post The Council for Court Excellence is right that there are major hurdles for returning citizens in Washington, D.C. Its report “Beyond Second Chances” makes the case that the District lacks affordable housing and supportive services necessary to help …

Resident Spotlight: Margaret Wanjui

At the end of this year, Margaret Wanjui will step down from the Jubilee Housing Board of Directors after many years of service. “Margaret brought a special spirit that reminds us of our call and our essence with every word she speaks. She will be missed on the Board of Directors,” said Barbara Moore, Jubilee Housing Board member and cofounder. …

Resident Spotlight: Samuel Buggs

When Samuel Buggs was 16 years old, he was incarcerated for the first time. He didn’t leave prison until he was 31. Without job prospects and a network of support, Samuel slipped back into many of the destructive habits that got him incarcerated in the first place—abusing drugs and alcohol, breaking the law, spending more time in prison. But at …

Resident Spotlight: Masi Sithole

For as long as he can remember, Masipula “Masi” Sithole has loved music. But it took on a new meaning in 2004, when he was diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder. That, coupled with his bipolar disorder, meant he was destined to spend a lot of time in hospitals. “Music was a saving grace for me when I started realizing …

Books, Boats, and Backpacks: Summer at Jubilee Youth Services

Whether it’s through reading books, paddling down the Shenandoah River, or shopping for school supplies,  Jubilee Youth Services (JYS) summer program is filled with opportunities for kids to have fun while fighting summer learning loss. “Summer learning loss is one of the most significant causes of achievement gap between many lower income youth and their higher income counterparts,” said Sylvia …

DHCD Invests $7.5 Million to Preserve Jubilee Housing Maycroft Apartments

Investment Keeps 64 Apartment Units Affordable in Ward 1 Washington, DC – August 1, 2016 – Jubilee Housing, a 43-year-old organization that provides service-enriched affordable housing to nearly 800 low-income residents in Ward One of the District of Columbia, recently closed on a $7.5 million acquisition loan from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The loan will …