Frustrated by the lack of government intervention and support to address the challenges facing DC’s poor, Eugene and Patrice Sheppard created Lydia’s House in Southeast to provide social services, emotional support, and educational resources for families at every stage of the poverty cycle. Now a HUD-approved housing counseling agency working with low- and moderate-income households in the District and Prince George's County to ensure that they obtain, maintain, and retain their housing choices, Lydia's House serves over 950 clients a year with pre-purchase workshops and one-on-one counseling on topics like home ownership, rental, credit, debt management, and foreclosure prevention. Financial education – which has reached hundreds of veterans – includes basic banking, money management, and understanding how credit works. The Growing Children program, provided through Young Outstanding Ladies Organization, combines technology, hands-on workshops, and mentoring for the younger set – girls 12-18 – to increase social and decision-making skills. Lydia's House also provides emergency rental and utility assistance, and food and clothing distribution, so it’s a full plate. Your philanthropy really makes a difference here.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 8; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; Anacostia, Bellevue, Congress Heights and Washington Higlands.

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income; Women/Girls

Awards & Recognition

Freedom's Sisters Award, Ford Motor Company and Naitonal Council of Negor Women, Job Corps Excellent Partnership Award, and IRS VITA Site Award


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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Lydia's House in Southeast is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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