Mental Health Housing in Washington D.C.    For nearly 60 years, Woodley House has provided a range of mental health housing and support services in Washington, DC for men and women with chronic and persistent mental illness. With a well-earned reputation for excellence, Woodley House treats each resident with the dignity and respect that we all deserve, as they reintegrate into the community.  We are there for each step of their journey toward mental health recovery, from crisis care to transitional housing to supported independent apartment living – all under the Woodley House umbrella of care. (United Way CFC # 8216).

Please take a virtual tour of Woodley House,  A Tour of Woodley House produced by our friends at Bisnow DC.


The 1 in 5 Fund

We all know someone who has lived in pain and isolation with mental illness. In fact,  each year 1 in 5 of us experience a mental health issue — this affects us all. Some find support from a community of concerned health professionals, loved ones and friends. Others are not so fortunate.

For nearly 60 years, Woodley House has helped individuals living with chronic mental illness on their personal journey toward stability and greater independence. We play a vital role in the District because we are the only nonprofit that offers a continuum of residential and personalized recovery services under our one comforting umbrella of care. Since 1958, Woodley House has served more than 15,000.

Woodley House created The 1 in 5 Fund to ensure that we can always serve as a pathway to recovery for men and women living with mental illness through our safe and nurturing housing, individualized care and mental health support. We have endured throughout the years despite periods of fiscal uncertainty and disruptions to our budget, but it is now imperative to seek a more diversified financial plan for our future.

Government funding for our program has been an important and valuable part of our budget, but it is neither consistent nor reliable. It is also subject to abrupt changing budgetary priorities. This is particularly true today when health insurance is uncertain and Medicare/Medicaid face substantial cuts in funding.  The Woodley House Board of Trustees targeted our upcoming 60th Anniversary in 2018 as the pivotal time to achieve a more healthy balance between government and private resources to decrease future risk and maximize our ability to accomplish our mission.  The 1 in 5 Fund will enable people to make a transformational difference in the lives of an often forgotten population – men and women struggling each day with mental illness.

Woodley House will be happy to work with donors to answer questions and structure their 1 in 5 Fund gift and payment timetable to meet personal giving preferences. Please contact Linda Meixner, development director, at 202.830.3524 or for more information.



Woodley House celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its Annual Movie Benefit last December, honoring our own great ambassador (and creator of this signature event), Mary Margaret Valenti. To read more about this event, please see Events     

A few photos of a delightful and successful event! For more photos, please see Recent Photos .  A link to a short commemorative film highlighting the Valenti Family and movie benefits over the years.  

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WITNESSES — a short film about Woodley House by Charles Guggenheim

In 1999, Academy Award-winning director, Charles Guggenheim produced and directed a short film Witnesses that told the story of six individuals whose lives were touched by their Woodley House experience. Please take a moment to watch the film below. It is truly … treatment that works.



Woodley House is proud to be a Founding Partner of CHANGE DIRECTION … dedicated to changing the story about how we talk about mental health in America.

One in five Americans has a diagnosable mental illness, but too many don’t understand the warning signs or are reluctant to seek help because of the stigma involved.  It’s time to come together to open the conversation … or ‘flip the script’ as First Lady Michelle Obama said in her stirring keynote speech. “Our mental health is just as vital as our physical health, it’s time we start treating it that way”. 

Know the 5 SIGNS OF SUFFERING Personality change; Agitation; Isolation; Poor self care (risky behavior); Hopelessness.  If you recognize these signs in yourself or in family member or friend, you might want to reach out for help. Please see for more information about this very important campaign and take the pledge yourself to join with us to start the conversation.  Only by breaking the barriers of silence can we really make change happen.

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