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, Chief Executive Officer

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:

Sharon

My name is Sharon Baker and it’s been a long time coming, but…

Jewel

As a child, Jewel experienced family trauma and abandonment.…

Nataki

My name is Nataki, which means “princess” in Swahili. There…

Angela

My name is Angela and I am overwhelmed with gratitude to be able…

Karen

Karen was born and raised in D.C. She started using drugs in…

Pertrina

Pertrina was born in Washington, D.C. to high school sweethearts…

Rebecca

Rebecca was born HIV-positive with so many drugs in her systems…

Ruth

Ruth grew up in D.C. and, as she describes it, “life was good.” She…

Paula

“As a woman who had lost her safe place to live and her home…

Courtney

Courtney grew up in an upper middle class, suburban family, but…

Sherron

Sherron Lee is a former client and employee of N Street Village,…

Rosalind

When Rosalind was in 5th grade, her dad committed suicide. After…

Linda

Linda grew up in a loving family. After graduating from high…

Winona

Winona had a hard childhood. She was raised in multiple foster…

Misty

Like many people in this area, Misty moved to DC for an exciting…

Robyn

When Robyn was two years old, her mother died in a car accident…

Catherine

Catherine worked hard all of her life. She retired from her retail…

Sherrilyn

With young children in tow, a recent divorce, and a move back…

Cheryl

Cheryl was adopted and grew up in Washington, DC. Her parents…

Lolita

Lolita struggled with an addiction for thirty years. She lived…

Tracy

Tracy never felt like a part of her family. She started using…

History

Slide or swipe images to the left to view N Street Village’s history over the past 45 years.

  • 1972

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

    Luther Place Memorial Church opened its doors to the city’s most vulnerable. Nearly 100 people slept on mats in the sanctuary and ate meals prepared in the church’s kitchen.
  • Early 1980s

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

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

    Luther Place Memorial Church completed an addition to its fourth floor, creating a 31-bed shelter for women experiencing homelessness.
  • 1996

    N Street Village opened 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 began to focus on data and evaluation. Initial estimates showed the Village serving nearly 700 women a year.
  • 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The primary healthcare and dental clinics opened.
  • 2011

    In a strategic move, N Street Village merged with Miriam’s House, a residential community for homeless women living with HIV and AIDS.
  • 2012

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

    N Street Village opened Erna’s House on 11th Street as a third site; Erna’s house provides –permanent supportive housing for 30 women with a history of chronic homelessness.
  • 2012

    N Street Village celebrated 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 launched 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 spoke at the N Street Village Annual Empowerment Luncheon and praised the Village for actively pursuing new ways to house and support vulnerable women in DC.
  • 2016

    N Street Village surpassed a million dollars raised for the first time at the Annual Gala, where Richard Gere presented the Steinbruck Awards to three clients.
  • 2016

    N Street Village was thrilled to host Oprah Winfrey at the Annual Empowerment Luncheon and was the grateful recipient of her surprise $1 million dollar donation.
  • 2016

    As part of the Bowser Administration’s “Homeward DC” strategic plan to make homelessness brief, rare and non-recurring, N Street Village opened The Patricia Handy Place for Women, which provides emergency housing for 213 women, including special support for seniors and those with significant medical needs.
  • 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 increased the number of women for whom we provide housing by 44%.
  • 2017

    The Village was selected to be a non-profit partner for The Washington Post Helping Hand, a charitable giving campaign for Post readers and staff. Over the three-year partnership, the Village was featured in more than 30 articles and readers raised nearly $250,000.
  • 2018

    The Village opened the Judith Morris Wellness Center, which includes an on-site primary healthcare and dental suite in partnership with Unity Health.
  • 2019

    The Village opened the MARJ & Mak Vocational Center, the Comcast Learning & Technology Lab, the Greenhouse Recovery Program, and the Holistic Housing Program.

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.” 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.