Bank of America Partners with N Street Village and Miriam’s Kitchen to Tackle Homelessness and Poverty in Greater Washington
Neighborhood Builders® helps nonprofits focus on their impact through leadership development and $200,000 in flexible funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bank of America has named N Street Village and Miriam’s Kitchen – two local nonprofits dedicated to providing comprehensive support services to people struggling with chronic homelessness and poverty – as recipients of its 2015 Neighborhood Builders. The award combines leadership development resources with $200,000 of flexible funding intended to help increase their capacity and impact in the Greater Washington community.
“N Street Village and Miriam’s Kitchen are on the front lines, tackling some of the toughest issues our community is facing,” said Jeff Wood, Greater Washington market president, Bank of America. “The leadership training and funding they’ll receive through the Neighborhood Builders program will allow both organizations to expand their efforts reaching and responding to the needs of those at-risk for or experiencing homelessness in Greater Washington.”
Though overall homelessness in America has declined according to The State of Homelessness in America 2015 report, the District of Columbia saw an increase of approximately 12.9 percent in 2014. Both N Street Village and Miriam’s Kitchen provide programs that work to reverse this trend by working with social services agencies and nonprofits to provide integrated care and support and to develop sustainable solutions rather than moving the problem around – from street to shelter and back again.
N Street Village is the largest provider of supportive services and housing for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. In the past year alone, N Street Village provided a safe, supportive community for more than 1,100 homeless and low-income women, and provided 51 families with affordable housing and 176 women with supportive housing. In addition to being a Neighborhood Builder, N Street Village also received funding from Bank of America in support of their basic human services initiatives. The $200,000 grant will contribute to the organization’s continued growth including renovation of its current housing units and the expansion of its supportive housing services by 10 percent.
“Every day, women who are homeless in Washington, D.C. – often struggling with a mix of mental illness, addiction, violence and abuse, health problems and unemployment – find themselves at the doors of N Street Village,” said Schroeder Stribling, executive director, N Street Village. “As the demand for our services continues to rise, it’s the support of our community that helps us keep our promise to these women. We are profoundly grateful for the support of Bank of America.”
Miriam’s Kitchen is committed to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C., through a two-pronged approach of providing a range of life-changing support services to those in need and working to change the District’s homeless services system. The organization specializes in helping high-risk, single adults who are chronically homeless and living with chronic medical conditions, serious mental health problems, and/or substance abuse issues. Miriam’s Kitchen recently made an extensive expansion to provide supportive services to residents in the District’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program. Since 2013, the organization and its partners have housed nearly 1,350 veterans – 90% of the city’s current housing placement goal for veterans. Funding through Neighborhood Builders will allow Miriam’s Kitchen to further expand their support services, moving them closer to their goal of ending veteran homelessness as the first step toward ending chronic homelessness in D.C.
“Bank of America’s philanthropic leadership through Neighborhood Builders accelerates change both within D.C. and within Miriam’s Kitchen,” said Scott Schenkelberg, president and CEO, Miriam’s Kitchen. “This $200,000 grant provides critical support for our work to end chronic homelessness. Additionally, the leadership training supports our work to maximize our organizational capacity. We are so grateful for Bank of America’s commitment to Miriam’s Kitchen and to the community.”
Since 2004, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has invested $183 million in more than 900 nonprofit organizations and provided leadership resources to nearly 2,000 nonprofit leaders through Neighborhood Builders and the Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program®. This long-term investment in nonprofit leadership development and capacity building is the largest philanthropic investment of its kind.
Neighborhood Builders is just one example of our broader corporate social responsibility efforts to build vibrant communities and economies. By advancing partnerships with nonprofits addressing needs related to community development, basic human services and workforce development and education, we are working to increase financial stability and help individuals and families find the pathways out of poverty.