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 individual with the dignity and respect that we all deserve.  We are there for each step of their journey toward mental health recovery, from crisis care to transitional group 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.


Catalogue SEAL              The Catalogue for Philanthropy 2017-2018

Woodley House is proud to announce our selection by The Catalogue for Philanthropy as ‘One of the Best’ small, community-based nonprofits in the Washington, DC Metro Area for their upcoming 2017-2018 edition!  Barbara Harman, founder and president of the Catalogue, noted: “People want to know where to give and they need trusted information. Based on our in-depth review, we believe that Woodley House is one of the best community-based nonprofits in the region.”  We are delighted to be included and are very appreciative of the recognition for our organization.  As we enter our 60th year of serving our community next year, we will proudly display the Catalogue for Philanthropy mark of excellence for all to see!


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 — so 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.  Government funding has been an important and valuable part of our budget, but it is neither consistent nor reliable. and subject to abrupt changes in budgetary priorities. This is particularly true today with uncertainties in health insurance policies and substantial cuts facing Medicare/Medicaid.

The Woodley House Board of Trustees targeted our upcoming 60th Anniversary in 2018 as a pivotal time to create 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. Please consider donating to our ‘1 in 5 Fund’ today.


WITNESSES — a short film about Woodley House by Oscar-winner 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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