Home Builders Care Foundation

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About this project.

Housing Up (formerly the Transitional Housing Corporation or THC) is a faith-based non-profit partnership that provides housing and comprehensive support services to homeless and at-risk families so that they can make transformational changes in their lives.

The mission of THC is to help the program participants make transformational change in their lives through developing clear self-determination objectives and skills with the help of the supportive services. THC case management services concentrate on life skills and helping participants assess who they are, what they are doing and how they advance by taking one step at a time. Program participants set their own goals and advance through those goals to self-determination.

Through THC's flagship housing and comprehensive support services, at-risk families are able to live in a fully furnished apartment in one of THC’s apartment buildings - Partner Arms, a 14-unit apartment building at 935 Kennedy Street NW and Partner Arms II, a 13-unit building at 4506 Georgia Avenue NW. Both buildings are located in Washington DC.

During their two-year stay in the transitional program, families participate in a mandatory program of services that include employment and career counseling, family dynamics and parenting skills, life skills counseling, substance abuse counseling, and therapy for adults and children. The program has a high rate of success in helping the homeless become self-sufficient.

In 2005-06, HBCF took on its second project with THC to renovate the kitchens and bathrooms in seven units in the Partner Arms complex as well as make additional repairs and improvements in the building's common areas. HBCF board members Jack Orrick, Linowes and Blocher LLP, a long-standing supporter of THC, and John Lavery, Mid-Atlantic Builders, Inc. served as our key project managers. After 12 years, the apartments need new flooring, cabinetry, appliances, countertops, hot water heaters and more. HBCF's involvement in the project saved THC over $50,000 in construction costs.

"The new kitchen cabinets in apartment #103 are beautiful. The apartment will look brand new when it is finished. THC is so grateful to the Homebuilders Care Foundation for their generous support of the renovations of Partner Arms I,"  said Polly Donaldson, THC's former Executive Director.

Thanks to the leadership of Mid-Atlantic Builders, the project was carefully coordinated with the turnover of units as the formerly homeless families graduated from THC's comprehensive program. A team of subcontractors also lent their expertise and we thank them for their assistance and support:

   * Ben Lewis Plumbing

   * Blackberry Enterprises

   * DB Concrete

   * Design House Kitchens

   * Duron Paints and Wallcoverings

   * Giron's Home Improvement

   * Mid-Atlantic Builders

   * REICO

To learn more about Housing Up  click here to visit their website or call 202-291-5535.

Housing Up (formerly THC)