Since 1981, the Northeast community-based organization Mary House has offered transitional housing services, shelter, and support programs to the homeless and struggling families, and soon it will expand with a newly constructed apartment building named after Pope Francis' mother, Regina Maria. The Washington Post reported that the organization currently helps about 60 families with 16 properties, and the new development will offer 45 additional two-bedroom units in the Brookland neighborhood. Bill Murphy, who runs the organization with his wife, told The Washington Post, "We want the pope to know that not only are people hearing his call, but they're also willing to respond." Groundbreaking is expected to begin in 2018.
· Pope Francis-inspired affordable housing project in D.C. to be named for pontiff's mother [The Washington Post]
· Mary House [Official Website]