News Release - Fannie Mae's Annual Help the Homeless Program Raises More than $6.2 Million to Help Washington DC's Homeless Children

News Release

March 12, 2012

Fannie Mae's Annual Help the Homeless Program Raises More than $6.2 Million

More than 115,000 participate in nearly 800 community walk to Help Washington DC's Homeless Children, Families and Veterans

Keosha Burns


WASHINGTON, DC – Fannie Mae announced today the results of its annual Help the Homeless (HTH) Program, which raised more than $6.2 million and engaged more than 115,000 community members in 2011 for nearly 100 non-profit beneficiary organizations that work to prevent and end homelessness in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

In 2011, 771 community walks organized by schools, churches, and other organizations took place across the region, including more than 300 walks taking place on one day last November. Community walks are designed to educate participants on the issues surrounding homelessness and in most cases include a short walkathon. In recent years, the community walks held across the region have demonstrated a higher return on public participation and funds raised, significantly enhancing the overall impact of the Program. With the increased interest in community walks, this year the HTH transitions from a single-day Walkathon on the National Mall to a community walk model. In addition to the Washington Metropolitan area, the expansion of the HTH model includes the markets of Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Los Angeles. All funds raised by a community’s walk will remain in that community. 

“For our 25th year, Help the Homeless is looking forward to assisting more communities across the country prevent and end homelessness as we introduce the program in new regions across the nation,” said Rosie Allen Herring, Director of Community Relations for Fannie Mae. “Tragically, of those homeless in DC, one in four is a child and we are seeing similar numbers in other major cities. We are eager to create new partnerships and share this community walk model with other markets. We are proud of everyone’s hard work to support these important nonprofits, fighting to end homelessness.”

HTH beneficiary organizations provide a range of services to children, families and veterans facing homelessness, including permanent affordable and supportive housing, emergency shelter, and homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing that allow clients to avoid homelessness. Many beneficiary organizations offer supportive services such as food programs, case management, health care, child care, drug and alcohol treatment, job training/placement, housing counseling, and financial skills training.

Since 1988, HTH — the nation's largest fundraising effort focused on homelessness — has raised more than $90 million for nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that serve the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. The nonprofits participating in 2011 were able to help over 180,000 clients and supply more than 6,300 housing units. 

To learn more about Help the Homeless, please visit

To watch the Help the Homeless 2011 Recap video, please visit

Fannie Mae exists to expand affordable housing and bring global capital to local communities in order to serve the U.S. housing market. Fannie Mae has a federal charter and operates in America's secondary mortgage market to enhance the liquidity of the mortgage market by providing funds to mortgage bankers and other lenders so that they may lend to home buyers. Our job is to help those who house America.

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