As students in Housing Up’s programs return to in-person learning this fall, our 2021 Back to School Drive aimed to provide each student with a new backpack filled with supplies for a successful school year. With the help of our generous partners, Housing Up was able to assemble and distribute a record total of 1,125 backpacks. Every school-age child in our Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Re-Housing programs received a backpack, an impact that reached nearly 750 households across DC.

We’d like to offer a special thank you to Urban Atlantic, Children’s National Hospital, American University Washington College of Law, and The Parks at Walter Reed team for volunteering to pack 800 backpacks during the Drive. You make this work possible!


This year’s partners include:

St. Columba’s Episcopal Church

John E Nappi

Bethesda Church of the Redeemer

Henry Parker

The members of MPH Fitness DC

Lydia H. Whitham

Christ Lutheran Church

Melody Feldman

The Parks at Walter Reed

Lynda Ficca

Monica Plantan

Jacqueline Dillard

Maria Bilonick

Dhara Thakkar

Jennifer Pekkinen

Henriette Kolb

Phillipa Anderson

Brian Murphy

Neibert Wilson

Debbie Ruskin

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