Affordable Housing Initiative

SOME started out serving sandwiches to our hungry and homeless neighbors in 1970. We soon realized that these folks needed more than just a meal. Throughout our over 50-year history, we have expanded our services to include healthcare, addiction treatment, job training, and other crucial services. In 1989, SOME opened our first affordable housing program, Shalom House, for 92 formerly homeless men and women.

SOME continues to address the dire need for safe and affordable housing in the District through our Affordable Housing Initiative. In 2005 we set a goal of creating 1,000 units of affordable housing because we know that housing is the solution to homelessness. Today, we are proud that our overall housing portfolio consists of 1,300 units, (i) in operation, (ii) under construction, or (iii) in pre-development for families and single adults. For eligibility requirements and application information, click here.

We want to recognize the extraordinary help we have received from the City, the Mayor, the City Council, the Federal Government, our governing and advisory boards, donors, funders, investors, and lenders that have made it possible to open or be developing the following properties throughout the District:

Shalom House

Jerimiah House

Weinberg Townhouses


92 Individuals

56 Individuals

5 Families

Harvest House

Joe Smith House


8 Individuals

10 Individuals

Independence House


22 Families

Kirwan House

Freedom House


8 Individuals

31 Individuals

Horace McKenna House

Barnaby House


8 Families

11 Families

Zagami House


12 Families

Chesapeake House


22 Families

Bedford Falls


78 Individuals

Kuehner House


48 Senior Citizens

Chabraja House


53 Individuals

Griffin House


22 Families, 18 Individuals

Gasner House


49 Individuals

Fendall Heights


21 Veteran Families, 8 Single Veterans

Marian’s House


43 Individuals

Weinberg Building


28 Families

Reverend G. Smith House


38 Individuals

Conway Center


30 Families, 152 Individuals, including 16 Senior Citizens

Liz Donohue House


36 Families

Anna Cooper House*

Karin House*


47 Individuals

40 Senior Citizens

N. Capitol Street**

*Opening Fall 2021

**Opening Late Summer 2023


139 Individuals


While SOME prides itself on creating safe and dignified housing, we know that a stable roof over one’s head is only the beginning. That is why all our housing programs incorporate comprehensive wrap-around services for our residents. Residents meet regularly with a caseworker and together develop and work towards goals, such as attaining further education or full-time employment or working towards financial stability. Residents have access to the full spectrum of SOME’s therapeutic services as well, helping them to work through any trauma they have experienced. It is our hope that this combination of housing and services will provide greater pathways to economic advancement, personal growth, and a chance at a better life. Learn more about our approach to supportive housing. 

The Conway Center

SOME’s Conway Center, at 4430 Benning Road NE, is our most innovative project dedicated to creating opportunities and pathways to success for our community. The Conway Center, located directly across from the Benning Road Metro Station, is in the heart of the Benning Heights neighborhood and is the first facility in the District to combine affordable housing, job training, and healthcare in a single location.

The seven-story LEED-certified building features 30 units of Affordable Housing for families and 152 units for single adults, including 16 units designated for seniors; Job Training for 300 low-income job seekers, annually, at SOME's Center for Employment Training (SOME CET); and Healthcare for 10,000 patients each year through a partnership with Unity Health Care.

We gratefully acknowledge the more than 1,000 donors who gave generously to the $20 million Building Hope Capital Campaign chaired by William Conway, Jr., as well as our other partners, investors, lenders, and volunteers whose support was critical to the development of the Conway Center.

Housing in Development

SOME is currently developing Karin's House, an affordable housing program for 40 seniors on the former Walter Reed Campus, and Anna Cooper House, a 47 unit building for single adults. Both are on track to open in 2021. You can support SOME’s Affordable Housing Initiative by donating or by becoming a corporate partner.