United Planning Organization (UPO)

Since 1962, the United Planning Organization (UPO) has focused on changing lives — supporting and inspiring Washington, DC’s low-income residents on their journey to self-sufficiency and success.
We currently offer more than 30 programs and services in such areas as early childhood education, youth development, job training and placement, health and wellness, housing, and volunteering.
UPO is a family, and we understand the importance of supporting both individuals and the loved ones who surround them. Working in and with the community, we will continue helping people get where they want and need to be.


Kids want and need to know that the adults in their lives are invested in their future and committed to helping make their dreams come true. Providing Opportunities with Educational Readiness (P.O.W.E...
  • 1649 Good Hope Rd SE Washington DC 20020
  • 2907 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE Washington DC 20032
Service Category: Education
UPO Comprehensive Treatment Center
1900 Massachusetts Ave SE, Building #13 Washington DC 20003
UPO Anacostia Community Service Center
1649 Good Hope Rd SE Washington DC 20020
UPO Administrative and Hotline
301 Rhode Island Ave NW Washington DC 20001
Ralph Waldo 'Petey' Greene Community Service Center
2907 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE Washington DC 20032
Community Wellness

When we feel our best, we can do and be our best. Our team connects DC residents with the healthy food options, shelter, and support needed on the journey to feeling well and living well!

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Youth Services

Success in school sets the path for success in life. Our team educates, motivates, and encourages DC’s youth on their journey inside, outside, and beyond the classroom!

UPO’s Youth Services Division is here to help keep your child fulfilled, focused, and moving forward throughout the day and over the years. Our education and enrichment programs for first-graders to high school seniors are designed to make kids feel better about themselves, improve their academic and social skills, and become productive members of society. We also provide family support services to help create a supportive, nurturing setting for children and their families to develop, grow, and succeed.

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Housing Counseling

Our housing counseling services provide the support, advice, and assistance you need to avoid homelessness, become a responsible tenant or owner, and live in comfort, safety, and security.

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Early Education

UPO is proud to be the hub for the Quality Improvement Network, a multi-year effort to boost outcomes for infants and toddlers. We oversee 16 child development centers to ensure that they meet the Head Start Performance Standards.
DC’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education chose UPO because we have a proven high-quality model. Our knowledge helps build the capacity of neighborhood-based child care centers, creating a rising tide that truly lifts all boats.

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