“I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it”
– Pope Francis
DC Habitat has received a generous, anonymous donation of $60,000 in honor of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C in September of 2015. In order to engage the larger faith-based community, this donor has challenged DC Habitat to raise funds to match their $60,000 donation. We have decided to take this challenge to the next level! DC Habitat would like to enlist the support of donors from all faith backgrounds to pay homage to Pope Francis and our donor by raising $500,000, so we can dedicate an entire project as an interfaith house. The purpose of this development–Francis Place Condominiums–is threefold:
- To honor Pope Francis for his commitment to social justice and reinvigorating the Catholic Church;
- To provide a unifying, celebratory opportunity for both Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers to work together toward a common goal (as Pope Francis says, “Work confers dignity.”); and
- To further Habitat’s mission of building and preserving homes.
Francis Place Condominiums will be a rehabilitation of four one-bedroom condominiums in a building at 60th Street NE, in Washington, DC. This development will serve the needs of residents in our lowest income bracket, reaching as low as 30% area median income (AMI). Due to the rising cost of living in DC, it has been extremely hard to serve the lower end of that spectrum. Construction will begin in June of 2015 and end by April 2016.
We are asking faith and student groups to contribute to Habitat’s mission by helping us give low-income DC residents “a hand up” on the road to homeownership. Funds may be contributed or raised through events and our online crowd-funding tools. In return for your contribution, DC Habitat will provide recognition and the opportunity for your group’s volunteers to participate in team build days on the construction site – team builds give groups a first-hand experience with our work and the chance to meet our program recipients.
For more information on the Francis Place Condominiums and DC Habitat sponsorship levels, please contact: PK Drago at Paulakatrina.Drago@dchabitat.org or Heather Phibbs at Heather.Phibbs@dchabitat.org.
Francis Place Condominiums have not been registered by the Department of Housing and Community Development Housing Regulation Administration Rental Conversion and Sale Division. A condominium unit may be reserved on a nonbinding reservation agreement, but no contract of sale or lease that is binding on the purchaser may be entered into prior to registration.