Mission and History
Housing Unlimited is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Montgomery County, MD that provides affordable, permanent housing for low-income individuals in mental health recovery. We focus on promoting independence and recovery by providing a stable and comfortable home. With the security of knowing that their housing is secure, our tenants can focus on becoming valued and integrated members of the community.
We provide shared housing - single family and three bedroom townhouses - and rent them at below-market rates to qualified individuals. Rent is computed on a sliding scale based on income and is capped to encourage employment and maintain a sense a security.Tenants are responsible for their own health, finances, interpersonal relationships, and maintaining a clean home.
We encourage our tenants to succeed in their independence by providing concrete incentives such as rent credits for getting involved in the community. We also provide paid intern opportunities so that tenants can gain work experience.
Many of the people that we serve come to Housing Unlimited from homeless shelters, supervised residential programs, or the homes of their aging parents. With more than 180 people on our waiting list, Housing Unlimited must continue acquiring new homes to meet the needs of adults in mental health recovery who are seeking a permanent, affordable, and independent place to live. We can’t grow fast enough to meet the increasing needs of the community.
Housing Unlimited sets high housekeeping standards for tenants and works to support tenants' efforts to maintain their independent living. We also set high standards for ourselves. Staff, Board members and volunteers are all expected to abide by Housing Unlimited's Code of Ethics.
Housing Unlimited was founded in 1991 by a group of parents of adults in mental health recovery. We acquired our first house in 1994. Today, we serve 175 individuals in 62 homes throughout Montgomery County, MD.
Housing Unlimited, Inc. is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. A copy of our current financial statement is available upon request by contacting Housing Unlimited, Inc. at 1398 Lamberton Dr., Ste. G-1, Silver Spring, MD 20902 (Tele: 301-592-9314). Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage.