About Us

The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit community service organization that has guided individuals on the road to self-sufficiency for more than 75 years. Our mission is to increase the economic and political empowerment of blacks and other minorities and to help all Americans share equally in the responsibilities and rewards of full citizenship.

The organization serves 65,000 residents in the Washington, DC, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County, MD. GWUL manages and administers programs in education, employment and training; housing and community development; health promotion; financial literacy; and emergency assistance.

These programs include:

    Entrepreneurship Center Program
    Employment & Workforce Development
    Rental Assistance
    Utility & Food Assistance
    Home Purchase Assistance
    Home Foreclosure Assistance
    Scholarships for College Bound High School Seniors

Housing Division

The Greater Washington Urban League’s Housing Division builds financial
bridges from rental housing to the American dream of homeownership and stability for families in metropolitan Washington. It also conducts programs throughout the year on financial literacy for youth and adults to help them understand resource investment and wealth accumulation, two things that move generations of families from poverty to economic security.

The Housing Division continues to offer homebuyer education workshops. Participants learn about applying for a loan, preparing a budget, and resolving credit problems. These and other workshops are offered at GWUL headquarters building and in our Prince George’s County Office.

Our programs include:

    The Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP):  enables lower-and moderate-income individuals and families to purchase affordable housing in Washington, D.C. Qualified HPAP applicants can receive up to $54,000 in financial assistance to purchase single-family houses, condominiums and cooperative apartments. HPAP funds can be used for acquisition assistance and/or closing costs. The HPAP Acquisition Assistance is in the form of 0 interest 5 year deferred loan.
    The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is designed to assist District of Columbia residences who are facing housing crises that result in homelessness or presents an imminent risk of homelessness by providing emergency rental assistance to eligible low-income families, elderly individuals aged 60 or older, disabled adults and adults who are non-elderly, non-disabled and without minor children. Emergency Rental Assistance payments are for rental arrearages, security/damage deposits and/or first month’s rent.

    Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program: The primary purpose is to assist residents of the District with addressing much needed home repair problems such as: leaky roofs, holes in walls, lead-based paint hazards and handicap accessibility for persons with mobility or other physical impairments.

    Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Program: The primary purpose of this program is to allow residents of the District of Columbia who are income eligible to purchase or rent housing at below market prices. Income eligible households must attend an Inclusionary Zoning Orientation at GWUL AND register for the IZ lottery on the DC DHCD website.

    Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) Counseling, Training and Certification (By Referral Only): This program allows eligible low-to-moderate income home buyers to purchase homes at below market rates.  GWUL’s counselors will verify income and/or eligibility for the Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) program.

    Lead Safe Washington:  provides lead hazard abatement grants of up to $17,500 per housing unit to property owners and landlords. Lead Safe Washington also assists with unit testing to determine whether there is a lead safety hazard in a home and provides a stipend and financial assistance to tenants temporarily displaced by a lead hazard abatement project.

    Foreclosure Counseling: provides One-on-One counseling to clients who are in need of assistance with their mortgage. We offer advice and services to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. We review their mortgages, finances and discuss options that may be available.

    Credit and Homeownership Counseling: provides counseling to individuals who are in need of credit repair and or plan to purchase a home. Homeownership counseling can be offered through a 8 hour workshop or a one-on-one counseling session. Credit counseling can be offered through a 2-hour workshop or a one-on-one counseling session.

Entrepreneurship Center Program

The Greater Washington Urban League Entrepreneurship Center Program (ECP) assists diverse communities in the Washington Metropolitan area start, grow, and sustain their entrepreneurial ventures and small business operations.

The ECP tailors the combination of entrepreneurial management skills development, small business technical assistance, and business coaching/mentoring to meet specific client needs. Qualified participants will receive one-on-one counseling and group management training designed to increase the business acumen necessary to operate a profitable business and create jobs in the community.

Our program includes:

    Management Training
    One-On-One Counseling
    Business Mentoring
    Incubator Program
    Resource Referrals

Special Services

Thanks to community and corporate supporters, The Greater Washington Urban League’s Department of Special Services offers a variety of free resources and services to the community including:

    Utility assistance for eligible residents
    Employment assistance/guidance/referrals for the underemployed and the unemployed
    College scholarships for high school seniors
    Access to educational, cultural, recreation, sporting events and activities for youth
    Support for families in need through GWUL sponsored special activities (e.g. Back to School Festival, toy drives,             donations for the homeless)