Housing Unlimited, Inc.

Empowering individuals in mental health recovery to live independently

Silver Spring, MD   |  www.housingunlimited.org

Mission

Housing Unlimited was started by the Montgomery County Maryland chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an advocacy and support group composed of over 700 Montgomery County families. The mission of Housing Unlimited is to address the housing crisis for adults in mental health recovery by: - Providing permanent, affordable housing opportunities - Empowering people to be live independently - Helping people move from substandard housing - Helping people move from their aging parents? homes - Providing public education, advocacy and community linkage; and - Bringing persons who need housing together in partnerships

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Mr. Abe Schuchman

Main address

12125 Veirs Mill Road, Suite 201

Silver Spring, MD 20906 USA

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EIN

52-1760774

NTEE code info

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Housing Unlimited seeks to address the affordable housing crisis for very low income adults in mental health recovery in Montgomery County, Maryland

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Tenant Empowerment Program

HUI’s Tenant Empowerment Program has multiple components, all of which are designed to create concrete, meaningful incentives and opportunities for our tenants to move forward on the road to a life of independence and dignity. Specifically, HUI's Tenant Empowerment Program includes an initiative to provide critical education and training regarding the privileges and obligations of being a responsible tenant in the community. As a result of this initiative, HUI tenants will have the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain their housing. In addition, HUI’s Tenant Empowerment Program includes an initiative to “hire from within” and build an HUI staff that includes qualified, outstanding former HUI tenants and other consumer (person with mental illness) leaders. Also, the Program includes an initiative to hire tenants to help carry out HUI's administrative, property management and conflict resolution duties. The Program also includes the launching of a self-help tenants’ council to strengthen the leadership skills of HUI tenants (.    

 

A key component of HUI’s Tenant Empowerment Program is an “extra-measure property management” initiative to provide education and training to HUI tenants regarding the critical steps that HUI tenants must take to maintain their HUI housing in the community. Stable housing is vitally important for the long term individual stability of adults with mental illness. The “extra-measure property management” initiative begins with a person's very first meeting with HUI staff. During this meeting, HUI staff conducts an education session regarding the meaning of the key elements of a lease. Moreover, tenant as well as landlord rights and obligations are reviewed. At the close of the session, the person is invited to enter into a lease with HUI. The initiative continues with regular weekly house visits by HUI staff to meet with tenants, answer tenants’ questions, and ensure tenants are fulfilling their lease obligations to properly maintain the house.

 

Another component of HUI’s Tenant Empowerment Program is a “hire from within” initiative to build an HUI staff that includes qualified, outstanding former HUI tenants and other consumer leaders. . 

 

In addition, the HUI Tenant Empowerment Program includes an initiative to hire tenants as interns to help carry out HUI's property management, public education, and administrative functions. One example is the bi-monthly speaking engagements at the Montgomery County Core Service Agency. There, the public education intern speaks about the HUI program to prospective tenants and their supports. HUI also utilizes tenant interns to assist with public education speaking engagements to local church, synagogue, and civic groups.

 

The Tenant Empowerment Program also includes the launching of a self-help tenants’ council to strengthen the leadership skills of HUI tenants. The HUI Tenants' Council, at a very basic level, seeks to instill a "can do" spirit in the hearts and minds of HUI tenants. HUI believes that the Council's core "self help" message is contagious and infects all aspects of a person's life. Beyond the critically important function of raising self-esteem and lifting spirits, the Council provides skill-building opportunities in the areas of leadership, organizational development, governance, and program planning. It also provides opportunities for networking and socializing—particularly important for individuals who are often socially isolated. Council activities include conveying tenant concerns to HUI, enabling tenants to share information and other resources amongst each other, and planning educational and social programs open to all HUI tenants in order to build bonds of friendship and camaraderie. Finally, the Council has created opportunities for persons with mental illness to have true partnerships (in which the parties are on equal footing) with representatives from diverse groups including NAMI-MD, other "mainstream" tenant organizations, and other consumer self-help organizations.

 

In combination, the above components of HUI's Tenant Empowerment Program convey a clear message to HUI tenants—"You CAN contribute to the community! We're here to help you succeed!"

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations


Since 2001

Awards

Innovation Award 2008

Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers

Standards for Excellence Certification 2009

Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Commitment to Excellence- Special Needs Housing 2010

Maryland Governor's Conference on Housing

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people no longer living in unaffordable, overcrowded housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Tenant Empowerment Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We intend to expand our portfolio of permanent, affordable housing for very low income adults in mental health recovery in Montgomery County, Maryland. Our strategic plan calls for the purchase of four to five additional houses a year while maintaining our special consumer-sensitive tenant empowerment practices.

We are moved to aggressively expand our work because we have a waiting list of over 300 very low-income adults with psychiatric disabilities in need of permanent, affordable housing. Individuals are referred to us from an array of sources including transitional housing facilities for the homeless and psychiatric rehabilitation programs. In Montgomery County, there is a critical need for permanent, affordable, supportive independent housing for very low income individuals with psychiatric disabilities. On any given day, almost 1000 people are homeless in Montgomery County. Over the course of a year, over 4500 people experience homelessness in the County. Almost three out of every four homeless individuals have disabilities.

Over the next twelve months, Housing Unlimited intends to open up an additional three to five homes that will serve six to twelve adults with psychiatric disabilities. To accomplish this, Housing Unlimited will collaborate with an array of state and county public and private agencies including state and county government mental health agencies, and local psychiatric rehabilitation supervised housing programs. We are pleased to report that the above collaboration was recognized in 2014 by the Housing Association of Non Profit Developers (HAND) with HAND's "Best Small Affordable Housing Project" award.

Housing Unlimited, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, has pioneered an affordable housing model and provided housing to a growing number of low-income adults in mental health recovery in Montgomery County, Maryland. This year, we achieved a significant milestone- the acquisition of our 75th home.

HUI originated as a grassroots effort by members of AMI, the Alliance on Mental Illness, a 700-member organization in Montgomery County. Many members were the parents of people with psychiatric disabilities, and they saw a need for more housing that would allow their adult children to live independently. After much research, they decided they wanted a new model for housing, one that would separate housing from mental health support. This would secure persons with psychiatric disabilities the right to choose their own housing and health care providers.

During these 25 years, we have advanced rapidly and today operate 75 houses serving 207 adults in mental health recovery. Our housing offers tenants the opportunity for the support of both peers and of a personalized and sensitive property management program that builds trust, respect, and independence.

Housing Unlimited is honored to have been recognized for its innovative work in supportive housing for adults with mental illness:

2018- HUI is selected as Cornerstone Montgomery’s 2018 Partner Champion

2015- Housing Unlimited, Inc. successfully completes the renewal process to obtain Maryland Nonprofits' Seal of Excellence for completing the Standards of Excellence Program. We proudly display this logo to demonstrate our commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethics and accountability in the nonprofit sector.

2015- HUI is selected as “one of the best community-based charities in the Greater Washington region” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

2014- Housing Unlimited wins the 2014 Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers Achievement Award for Best Small Affordable Housing Project

2014- Housing Unlimited wins the 2014 Innovation in Public Service Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

2012- Housing Unlimited is selected to partner with local and state mental health agencies as part of an innovative state pilot project to move people with psychiatric disabilities to less restrictive environments

2011- Housing Unlimited is selected as “one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region" by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

2010- Housing Unlimited wins the Commitment to Excellence award in the category of “Special Needs Housing" at the Maryland Governor's Conference on Housing

Housing Unlimited provides permanent affordable housing for people who are in mental health recovery and are able to live independently. Housing Unlimited currently maintains a waiting list of nearly 300 individuals who are hoping to enter our innovative program. Almost all of our tenants' incomes fall below 15% of area median income. Many tenants come from supervised or sheltered housing, living with their aging parents, or from transitional homeless shelters. We currently own 75 homes serving 207 individuals in our scattered - site homes (mostly condos and townhomes) throughout the County. We have established a long-range strategic plan to continue to expand to meet this community need. The plan calls on us to expand our program at a rate of four to five homes per year. Over the past 12 months, we have acquired four homes.

Financials

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Housing Unlimited, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ethan Handelman

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/28/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability