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 at the Maycroft 41 units that are affordable to families earning at or below 30 percent of the area median income, including 15 units that are designated as Permanent Supportive Housing for people leaving chronic homelessness. The new Maycroft also will house a teen afterschool program, a family resource center that helps parents prepare their children for college, and vital programs offered by Martha’s Table.
Martha’s Table will operate its Healthy Start early childhood programming, McKenna’s Wagon mobile food delivery service, and a lobby market from 7,000 square feet on the ground floor of the Maycroft, at 1474 Columbia Road N.W.—in the heart of the neighborhood of which Martha’s Table has been a part since opening its doors in 1980.
“A partnership with Jubilee at the Maycroft, which is located within walking distance of our current location, is a natural one due to the strong alignment of our organizations’ missions and values,” said Patty Stonesifer, president and CEO of Martha’s Table. “We are thrilled that the Columbia Heights location will allow us to continue to stand with the many families in Northwest D.C. who access our services.”
Said Jubilee Housing President Jim Knight, “Jubilee’s collaboration with Martha’s Table—creating deeply affordable housing coupled with program opportunities at the Maycroft—will enable scores of D.C. families to stabilize, develop, and thrive in a resource-rich neighborhood. Vulnerable families will have easy access to educational, financial, and family life programming to support them from birth to college and beyond.”
The new Maycroft will bring “justice housing” to northwest D.C. residents, Knight said, enabling many to remain in a community they could afford before the expansion of market-rate housing across the city.
Homes that incorporate the three pillars of justice housing— deep affordability in combination with program opportunities and proximity to essential resources—can change lives, creating brighter futures for marginalized families as well as a more diverse, compassionate, and equitable community for their neighbors.
The combined presence of these two nonprofits at the Maycroft strengthens their ability to offer vital housing, education, and food programming to vulnerable Ward 1 families, Stonesifer said.
In recent years, Martha’s Table has been expanding its reach across the city, deepening the quality of its programming, and increasing the number of children and families it serves by more than threefold. Over the next three years, the organization will expand its pop-up grocery markets to all 49 elementary schools east of the Anacostia River, open two new locations, and increase enrollment in its programs by 40 percent.
Jubilee breaks ground at the Maycroft this spring and expects the building to be ready for residents by summer 2018. Martha’s Table will open its facilities at the Maycroft shortly after that.
Jubilee Housing builds diverse, compassionate communities that create opportunities for everyone to thrive.
Martha’s Table supports stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education, healthy food, and family supports.
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