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Holidays Bright for Homeless Families at SOME
Holidays Bright for Homeless Families at SOME

This holiday season, 22 homeless and extremely low-income families are moving into SOME’s newest affordable housing program for families.  Named for its location in SE, DC, the Chesapeake Street program provides safe, affordable apartments along with supportive services and an after school program.

The Chesapeake Street apartment complex opened just in time for the holidays, and the program will hold its community holiday party today, December 22.  Santa will be on hand to distribute donated gifts to the 60 children who will live there.  Families will also receive dinner baskets so that they can prepare festive, holiday meals in their new apartments.

SOME’s Chesapeake Street apartments are opening against a backdrop of rising family homelessness.  Between January 2008 and January 2010, family homelessness jumped 37%. The number of District families in emergency shelters increased by 45% from 2009-2010.  Families in Ward 8, where the apartments are located, have been particularly hard hit by rising housing prices and high unemployment.  The unemployment rate in Ward 8 is over 26%.

SOME already operates four affordable housing programs for 57 formerly homeless families with more than 150 children: Independence Place, Zagami House, Barnaby House and Thea Bowman House.