Somerset has a strong commitment to provide sustainable resident services programs for all of its affordable housing communities whether they are mixed income, low-income, or senior housing properties. Providing a platform of opportunity to residents is a critical element in strengthening communities and is essential for the long term viability of these properties.

As an integral part of all our acquisition and renovation programs, Somerset builds community centers equipped with computer labs, playgrounds and community gardens, and spaces for community activities. Somerset’s goal is to bring programming onto each property to address the social, cultural, and educational needs of the residents and to empower them in the decision-making process. 

To that end, Somerset has partnered with tenant associations and resident councils, assisted in the creation of non-profit organizations for fundraising, and established Tenant Service Funds to ensure the provision of on-going tenant services. Resident Services have been an essential ingredient in stabilizing our properties and making them great places to live. We focus on improving academic achievement for youth; on providing job skills for those capable of entering the job market; on improving the quality of life for those who are retired or disabled; on providing educational and training scholarships for those seeking higher education or a skill; and by providing social service referrals to those in need.

We have made enormous gains in reaching our goals:

  • To create healthier and more sustainable communities
  • To empower residents by involving them in the decision making
  • To encourage successful tenancies
  • To create a platform of opportunity and stability within their communities
  • To improve building operations

Our Programs

At our properties we seek to educate and empower the community through the following programs:

  • After School Enrichment & Tutoring Programs
  • Youth Summer Program
  • Job Readiness, GED study, and Job Skills Training
  • Health and Wellness Education
  • Smoking Cessation Workshops
  • Computer Literacy Training
  • Senior Programs
  • Art Programs
  • Community Garden & Healthy Eating Workshops
  • Family Literacy & Life Skills Programs
  • Financial Literacy Programs
  • Teen Life Club
  • Food Distribution Programs through local Food Banks
  • Meal Programs for youth and seniors
  • Scholarship Programs
  • Social Service Referrals

Our Partnerships

  • Tenant Associations
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • DC Central Kitchen (DCCK)
  • Dance Institute of Washington (DIW)
  • Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)
  • Love & Carrots
  • UDC/CCDC Workforce Development
  • YMCA
  • DC Public Schools
  • Children’s National Medical Center
  • Providence Hospital
  • Greater Washington Urban League
  • Breathe DC
  • We Are Family
  • Baltimore Clayworks
  • Dance & Bmore Inc.
  • Offices on Aging
  • Action in Maturity
  • DC Public Libraries
  • Transitional Housing Corporation, Inc.
  • National Housing Trust/Enterprises
  • Housing Counseling Services (HCS)
  • UVCA
  • Local Businesses
  • Local Universities