In 1994, a team of Montgomery County parents set a goal: independent housing options for their adult children with psychiatric disabilities. They believed that individuals who were well enough to live alone would grow happier and healthier when given the chance to be on their own. Today, Housing Unlimited owns more than 60 MC properties serving more than 170 individuals – and more homes are set to open this coming year. Rents are based on each tenant's income, and are capped to provide security and encourage employment. And Housing Unlimited's focus is just that: housing, and education about the responsibilities it entails and the great privileges it brings. Residents remain free to make their own decisions when it comes to therapy and medical care. A Tenants' Council strengthens leadership and organizational skills, and ensures that tenants have a voice in their day-to-day lives. Housing Unlimited's approach is effective and its program in demand: the current waiting list is two years long. Your contribution will help even more individuals with psychiatric disabilities become proudly independent.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: Adult

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 40%; Asian American, 5%; Caucasian, 50%; Latino/Hispanic, 5%

Population(s) Served: Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income


  • Individuals housed (temporary shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing) annually:   155

Awards & Recognition

2010 - Housing Unlimited is awarded the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Commitment to Excellence Award at the Governors Conference on Housing and Sustainable Communities

2010 - Housing Unlimited purchases their 45th home

2010 - Executive Director Abe Schuchman participates in the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2011

2009- HUI Executive Director Abe Schuchman selected for the 2009 Weinberg Fellow Program—a non-profit management and leadership development program for executive directors of non-profit organizations in the state of Maryland

2009 - Development Director Marjorie Goldman CFRE graduates in the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2010

2008- HUI's Project MPDU Home Acquisition Initiative wins the Innovation Award from the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)

2008- HUI wins $1.4 million grant award from the state of Maryland to purchase scattered-site townhomes in Montgomery County to house very low income, at risk adults with psychiatric disabilities

2007- HUI’s Tenant Empowerment Program wins the Commitment to Excellence award in the category of “Special Needs Housing” at the Maryland Governor’s Conference on Housing

2007- HUI is featured as “one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region” in the Catalogue for Philanthropy

2006- HUI’s Tenants Council initiative wins the Commitment to Excellence award in the category of “Individuals with Disabilities” at the Maryland Governor’s Conference on Housing

2005- HUI's Tenant Empowerment Program is awarded "Best Community Life Program" (Maryland) by the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)

2005- HUI receives honorable mention in the category of Special Needs Housing at the Maryland Governor’s Conference on Housing

2005- HUI wins $1.1 million grant award from the state of Maryland to purchase scattered-site townhomes in Montgomery County to house very low income, at risk adults with psychiatric disabilities

2004- 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.

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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Housing Unlimited is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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