Home, Health & Finance!

National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
September 16th, 2018

September 16

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In the past 10 years, rents have been rising. Wages have not. Low-income renters are feeling this most severely. Finding a new place to live can be especially difficult when costs include first and last month’s rent and security deposit. Nonprofits around the country have created a new way to help renters fill in the gaps in their cash flow and get into a rental home.

They’re called housing stability loans: small dollar loans to cover move-in expenses, or help keep up with bills and avoid eviction. Home, Health & Finance! D.C. will showcase the Latino Economic Development Center offering housing stability loans up to $1,000 to cover the costs of security deposits.

These loans can be used to stabilize a current rent situation, but can also help build credit to facilitate easier access to renting or buying a home, or to achieve other financial goals in the future.

FREE with Registration:

  • Introducing housing stability loans

  • Emergency rent assistance

  • Healthy eating demos w/special guest

  • Health screenings

  • Credit building and financial health workshops

  • Admission to National Building Museum exhibitions

  • On-site childcare

Advance registration for childcare required


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Parking & Transit


Metered parking is located on 5th, F, and G Streets (please check meter carefully for hours of operation)


Closest Metro station: Judiciary Square (Red Line)

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Meet our Celebrity Ambassador

J.W. Cortes plays Detective Alvarez on the hit Fox drama series Gotham while still actively working as a New York City police officer. Now, the marine combat veteran has partnered with Make Room as our Celebrity Ambassador. Cortes will open the event, provide welcome remarks, and take part in a candid one-on-one discussion about housing insecurity and his personal connection to the cause our President and CEO, Ali Solis.

“As a marine combat veteran, I am honored to be Make Room’s Celebrity Ambassador as I really believe in the cause and what it represents. I feel a personal connection because I experienced constraints and pressures of housing insecurity while growing up very modestly in Brooklyn. Also, as a police officer, it is inconceivable the number of fellow veterans who are homeless that I encounter on the streets of NY during my shifts with the NYPD. I look forward to sharing my story with Ali Solis and the attendees of this event as a means to elevate the importance of this social issue that is impacting veteran communities all across this country.”  — J.W. Cortes

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11:00am – 11:10am Opening Remarks by Hala Farid, Citi Community Development Director, Ali Solis, Make Room CEO and President, and JW Cortes, Actor, Activist and Marine Combat Veteran | West Court Stage

11:00am – 5:00pm Free childcare 2ND Floor, Rms 221-224

11:00am – 5:00pm Free dental checkups for children ages 1-12 by Colgate Bright Smiles | Bright Futures G Street Driveway

11:00am – 5:00pm Free Health screenings by Kaiser Permanente | West Court

11:15am – 11:30am 15 Minute Sweat Sesh with BodyLab Trainer and Army Veteran Nardia Cunningham | West Court

11:15am – 11:30am Integrity of Self Movement Arts Yoga | Rm 221-224

11:30am – 12:00pm Meet and Greet and autograph session with JW Cortes | West Court

11:45am – 12:15pm Capital Area Asset Builders: Achieving Personal Financial Wellness  | Auditorium

12:30pm – 1:15pm Nardia Cunningham: Nutritious Food Demo and Workshop | Auditorium

1:15pm – 1:30pm Integrity of Self Movement Arts Yoga | West Court

1:30pm – 2:00pm Kaiser Permanente: Health and Housing Symposium | Auditorium

2:15pm – 2:45pm Latino Economic Development Center: Tenants Know Your Rights Workshop | Auditorium

2:45pm – 3:00pm 15-minute Sweat Sesh with BodyLab Trainer and Army Veteran Nardia Cunningham | West Court

3:00pm – 3:30pm Serving Together Project: Coordinating Care & Transforming Communities for Military, Veterans and Their Families | Auditorium

3:30pm – 4:30pm A Discussion on Affordable Housing and the Rental Housing Crisis in America with JW Cortes and Ali Solis, moderated by Wendy Rieger | West Court Stage

3:45pm – 4:15pm Volunteers of America: Innovations in Senior Housing and Wellness | Auditorium

4:30pm – 5:00pm Make Room: #RepRenters: How We Can #MakeRoom | Auditorium


Some of the services that will be on site


Nardia Cunningham a.k.a Nards is an esteemed team member of world renown fitness guru Massy Arias. Cunningham will lead exercise classes and conduct a cooking demonstration about healthy eating on a budget at Make Room’s Home, Health & Finance Expo and Symposium at the National Building Museumin Washington, DC on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

Credit Builders Alliance serves as a unique and vital bridge between our nonprofit members and the major credit reporting agencies (CRAs). Through this support, CBA helps people who are outside the financial mainstream build credit to achieve their goals and enjoy financial security for themselves and their families. Our core services, CBA Reporter and CBA Access, provide nonprofits with both the ability and critical technical assistance to report loan data to the CRAs and to pull low-cost client credit reports for the purposes of financial education, outcome tracking and underwriting.

ServingTogether is here to serve our nation’s veterans, service members and their families and caregivers in the National Capital Region. Our mission is to make their path to resources easier. We serve all veterans regardless of rank, length of service, character of discharge, or era served. Our goal is to get the right person to the right provider in the least amount of time.

Housing Counseling Services (HCS) is a non-profit HUD approved agency founded in 1972 to provide comprehensive counseling, training, advocacy and technical assistance to tenants, homebuyers, homeowners and the homeless.  Our goal is to build sustainable communities through informed housing consumers.

Interfaith Works is one of Montgomery County’s leading social service organizations and is celebrating 46 years of service to the economically vulnerable. Interfaith Works helps neighbors in need lift themselves out of poverty and homelessness through prevention, stabilization and empowerment programs. Interfaith Works provides help to more than 16,000 Montgomery County residents each year. Services including housing, emergency shelter, family mentoring, access to free clothing, emergency financial assistance, job-readiness training and vocational services.

The National Building Museum inspires curiosity about the world we design and build. We believe that understanding the history and impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, construction, and design is important for all ages. Through exhibitions and educational programs, we show how the built world has power to shape our lives, communities, and futures.

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