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 Gepetto Catering, followed by remarks from Jubilee Housing Vice President of Programs Sylvia Stokes and Executive Director Jim Knight about how the project creates Justice Housing – housing that is affordable to people with the fewest financial assets, is coupled with services that provide opportunity for individuals and families, is located in thriving neighborhood with access to jobs, education, transportation, and more, and helps foster relationships across social divides that strengthen us all.
Select project partners also made remarks. Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau spoke about how she worked with the City Council to make the project a reality. DC LISC Executive Director Oramenta Newsome told the story about how LISC jumped in to help with the financial burden. Martha’s Table CEO Patty Stonesifer talked about how Martha’s Table was drawn to partner with Jubilee to make the project happen.
Next, Jim Knight recognized pro bono lawyers David Bamberger of DLA Piper and Blake Biles of Arnold and Porter for providing their legal expertise to make the project a success.
The evening came to a close with a brief exercise of mutuality relationships and toasts of gratitude and justice.