About the Village

Mission

N Street Village empowers homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services, housing, and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. We help women achieve stability and make meaningful gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery.

“Every day at least one woman comes to N Street Village for the first time, and I know that – but for a few circumstances of fortune and timing – ‘she’ could be me.”
Schroeder Stribling, Executive Director

Who We Serve

N Street Village serves nearly 2,000 homeless and low-income women each year.

Our goal is to meet each individual woman exactly where she is on her unique journey to healing and recovery. We recognize that those we serve face a variety of challenges, and some individuals may face numerous obstacles simultaneously. Some of the most common challenges for the women of N Street Village include: health or mental health problems, substance abuse or addiction, a history of trauma, a lack of educational and vocational opportunities, job loss or eviction, domestic violence, a criminal background or other barriers to employment, or functional illiteracy. And sometimes the biggest challenge for a woman arriving at our front door is the loss of her own sense of dignity, self-worth, and hope.

Learn more stories of healing, hope, and transformation from Village clients:

Rosalind

At critical times in her life, Rosalind had been abused by the very people she relied upon. She fought back the best way she knew how: with love. She dedicated herself to raising her children and …

Linda

Linda grew up in a loving family. After graduating from high school, Linda received a certificate in secretarial services. She worked for 30 years as an administrative professional and later as a …

Winona

Winona had a hard childhood. She was raised in multiple foster homes starting when she was just an infant. At the age of 17, she became pregnant and got married. Winona had two children with her h…

Misty

Like many people in this area, Misty moved to DC for an exciting job opportunity. After moving across country, she didn’t know many people. She soon felt isolated and turned to alcohol for the fir…

Robyn

When Robyn was two years old, her mother died in a car accident and her father was left to raise her and her two sisters alone. Her father was caring and taught them to stick together, but things …

Catherine

Catherine worked hard all of her life. She retired from her retail career in 2008 and assumed the full-time role of taking care of her mother in Memphis. After her mother passed in March 2011, Cat…

Sherrilyn

With young children in tow, a recent divorce, and a move back to DC, Sherrilyn (who had a government job at the time) got involved with drugs in her early thirties. It was not long before she was …

Rita

After the death of her father at a young age, Rita and her five older siblings were raised by the “best mom ever.” However, Rita was introduced to alcohol at a young age and was sexually abused by…

Idell

As the youngest of 15 children, Idell was raised by her father and siblings after her mother died of cancer at the age of 47. Idell got wrapped up in the wrong crowd, and found herself in the vici…

Karen

Karen started using drugs and alcohol when she was 17 years old. She ended up living on the streets on and off for many years, and in jail many times.

Karen said that even when she was living o…

Cheryl

Cheryl was adopted and grew up in Washington, DC. Her parents both had good government jobs and they were a musical family. Around the age of 12, Cheryl realized that her father was abusing her mo…

Lolita

Lolita struggled with an addiction for thirty years. She lived with her mother and had different jobs, but only kept them for short periods of time because of her drug use. When her mother died, s…

Tracy

Tracy never felt like a part of her family. She started using drugs and alcohol to “make friends” when she was just 12 and continued using through college, marriage, and pregnancy with her twins. …

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History

Slide or swipe images to the left to view N Street Village’s history over the past 40 years.

  • 1972

    N Street Village begins as an interfaith project, offering eight women temporary housing. This is the first house for homeless women in Washington, D.C.
  • 1976

    Luther Place Memorial Church opens its doors to the city’s most vulnerable. Nearly 100 people sleep on mats in the sanctuary and eat a meal prepared in the church’s kitchen.
  • Early 1980s

    Bethany Women’s Center opens its doors as a drop-in day center for homeless women in D.C.
  • Mid to late 1980s

    N Street Village opens additional housing and addiction programs in the row houses across the street.
  • 1991

    Luther Place Memorial Church completes an addition to its fourth floor, creating a 31-bed shelter for women experiencing homelessness. Still operational today, this is known as Luther Place Night Shelter.
  • 1996

    N Street Village opens its flagship location, a full city block between 14th Street and Vermont Avenue, bringing together many of the services that had emerged in the early years, including social support and health and wellness programs, in addition to housing and shelter.
  • 2004

    N Street Village begins to focus on data and evaluation. Initial estimates show that the Village is serving nearly 700 women a year.
  • 2005

    The Education and Employment Center opens to assist clients in achieving their literacy, vocational and employment goals.
  • 2006

    N Street Village wins the Washington Post Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award.
  • 2007

    Recovery Housing opens for women with mental illness and addiction, providing them with a therapeutic setting and supportive peers and staff. This program prioritizes entry for women coming from the criminal just system.
  • 2007

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits N Street Village; hundreds of residents, clients, staff and others line the courtyard walkway to greet him as he enters the building where he delivers a teaching for the community. Photo credit: Washington Post
  • 2008

    N Street Village wins the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill ‘Heroes in the Fight’ Award.
  • 2009

    N Street Village launches an organization-wide trauma program that enhances its ability to help survivors heal.
  • 2010

    The primary healthcare and dental clinics open.
  • 2011

    In a strategic move, N Street Village merges with Miriam’s House, a residential community for homeless women living with HIV and AIDS. Miriam’s House becomes a program of the larger N Street Village which now has two sites.
  • 2012

    The N Street Village Board wins the ‘Board Leadership Award’ from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.
  • 2012

    N Street Village opens Erna’s House opens on 11th Street as a third site; Erna’s house provides –permanent supportive housing for 31 women with a history of chronic homelessness.
  • 2012

    N Street Village Celebrates its 40th Anniversary at the Founders Luncheon where the early leaders including Pastor John Steinbruck, Chuck Solem and Joan Dodek were in attendance and were honored.
  • 2013

    N Street Village launches the Keeping Our Promise Capital Campaign to preserve and renovate our two 20-year-old buildings, and to expand our programs and housing.
  • 2014

    Senior Advisor to the President of the United States during the Obama Administration, Valerie Jarrett, gave the keynote address to the 2014 Annual Empowerment Luncheon.
  • 2015

    Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks at the N Street Village Annual Empowerment Luncheon and praises the Village for actively pursuing new ways to house and support vulnerable women in DC.
  • 2016

    N Street Village surpasses a million dollars raised for the first time at its Annual Gala, where Richard Gere presents the Steinbruck Awards to three residents.
  • 2016

    N Street Village is thrilled to host Oprah at our annual luncheon and be the grateful recipient of her surprise million dollar donation.
  • 2016

    As part of the Bowser Administration’s “Homeward DC” strategic plan to make homelessness brief, rare and non-recurring by 2020, N Street Village Opens The Patricia Handy Place for Women which provides emergency housing for 213 women, including special support for seniors and those with significant medical need.
  • 2017

    N Street Village opened programs at the historic Phyllis Wheatley YWCA. With this expansion, N Street Village has a presence in 3 of the city's 8 wards and will increase the number of women for whom we provide housing by 44%.

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Vision

Ensure homelessness for women in D.C. is rare, brief, and nonrecurring.

N Street Village is proud to be a partner to our Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in our city-wide efforts to “make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring by 2020.” N Street Village plays a leading role in the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) which is the Mayor’s cabinet-level body for policy and planning with regard to homelessness. Homeward DC is the strategic plan officially adopted in 2015 by our city government and currently being implemented through the work of the ICH. N Street Village partners with our local government on these plans, not only through advocacy and leadership on the ICH, but also directly as a provider of publicly-funded permanent supportive and therapeutic housing.