Monsignor Ralph Kuehner, Victory Housing founder, talks about the beginning of Victory Housing
Victory Housing, Inc. serves as the affordable housing development arm of the Archdiocese. Victory Housing was originally organized by the parishioners from three District of Columbia Roman Catholic parishes, led by former Our Lady of Victory pastor Rev. Msgr. Ralph J. Kuehner. Officially incorporated on July 11, 1979, Victory Housing became an Archdiocesan corporation a decade later in 1989.
Initially, the organization focused on providing affordable assisted living, opening Mary's House in Rockville in 1985, which went on to win the 46th Point of Light Award from President George H.W. Bush in 1990. In 1996, Victory Housing opened Manor Apartments, its first Independent Living Community for low-income seniors in Hyattsville. Though the focus throughout the history of Victory Housing has continued to be senior housing, they have also developed four apartment communities for low- and moderate-income families.
To date, Victory Housing now owns and oversees 30 communities providing 2,175 units of rental housing. Six of these communities are Assisted Living residences which Victory Housing directly manages. Virtually all of our communities have received local, regional or national accolades.