From streets, shelters, prisons, and hospitals, each year Joseph's House welcomes approximately 35 individuals, all of whom have AIDS or terminal cancer, to its eight-bed home in Adams Morgan. Serving the homeless and those with unstable housing, it offers physical, emotional, and spiritual nourishment, 24-hour nursing care, medical case management, and addiction recovery support, as well as home-cooked meals and communal activities. Staff and volunteers hold vigil for the dying, providing constant love and care in the final hours. Other residents regain their health and, when they do, Joseph’s House encourages them toward independence while continuing to help with medication management, transportation, and other basic needs. In a city with some of the nation’s highest rates of HIV infection, cancer mortality, and homelessness, Joseph's House offers a home – and community – to those who come through its doors.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Awards & Recognition

Catalogue for Philanthropy - One of the Best 2015-2016
Winner, Make DC Designing Dreams competition, 2014
United Way/NCA Do More 24, Most Funds Raised, 2014


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    Thu Mar 1 2012, POZ  
    A poignant look inside this DC hospice, and the healing that it provides ...

  • Inside Joseph's House
    Tue Dec 2 2008  
    Here in Joseph's House, it is not unusual for death to play out in one room while life defiantly goes on in another. At the dining room table, the healthy pass biscuits to the unhealthy, and frail, slow hands clear place mats so that young, able ones won't have to. People die and then cookies are baked.

Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Joseph's House is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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