In 1887 Congress chartered the Young Woman's Christian Home to provide housing for women aged 18 through 34, newly arriving in the city to work or study. One hundred twenty residents are now housed at Thompson-Markward Hall, which was built in 1931. The women who stay at TMH come to Washington for a variety of reasons. Many are congressional interns and staffers, women seeking or starting jobs, and university graduate students. They come from all over the United States and the world, and have often been chosen to participate in enrichment programs offered in the city.

TMH is located on Capitol Hill within walking distance of Congressional offices, many government agencies, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian museums. It is also convenient to the bus and Metro lines and Union Station.

The Board of Directors of the Home are volunteers, some of whom lived at TMH when they first arrived in Washington. The Home is a non-profit organization, which partially subsidizes the operating costs in order to maintain low rental fees for its residents. Residents must agree to abide by house rules, which include no alcohol and/or drugs on the premises, no smoking in the building, and no male guests beyond the lobby level. In this way, we can fulfill the mission of providing a secure, comfortable, attractive and affordable home for young women needing a good place to start their future endeavors in Washington.

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