Carrie Simon House was founded in 1988 under the auspices of the Washington Hebrew Congregation to provide specialized care to young women and children impacted by poverty and homelessness. Carrie Simon House became the first transitional housing program that allowed mothers experiencing homelessness to reside with their babies, rather than being separated into adult shelters and foster care.
The program is named for Carrie Simon, a social activist in Washington, D.C., in the early 1900’s who believed in the importance of women joining together to strengthen families and benefit their communities.
Carrie Simon House is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a nurturing, attractive residence in Northwest D.C. for mothers aged 18-30 years old with children who are experiencing housing instability in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia.
Instilling Hope for a Better Future and a Roadmap to Get There
Carrie Simon House is distinct for many reasons. We provide stability and continuity of personalized support. Resident families may stay in the house for up to two years allowing mothers valuable time for advancing or completing their education, or attaining employment and pursuing career paths. This time also enables them to strengthen important life management and parenting skills. Robust case management helps mothers define goals for themselves and their children, establish concrete action plans, and stay accountable for meeting those goals.
Carrie Simon House fights homelessness and poverty in the Washington, D.C. area, by providing young mothers and their children with a safe, nurturing home, and individualized, whole-family support to achieve their goals.
Carrie Simon House works to help women overcome inequities and realize their own and their families’ potential.