New Program Developed in Partnership with D.C. Department of Human Services;
Will Support 31 of the District’s Most Vulnerable Women
Washington, D.C. (March 15, 2012) – Thirty-one formerly homeless women in the District will now have access to permanent supportive housing as a result of a new program operated by N Street Village, called Erna’s House. This major new resource is largely funded by the D.C. Department of Human Services and addresses a growing need for safe and stable housing for women with histories of chronic homelessness.
“For many years, we have wanted to increase our supportive housing offerings for women,” said Schroeder Stribling, executive director of N Street Village. “With the addition of Erna’s House, our capacity to provide housing with supportive services to homeless women has increased by 28 percent.”
The women who will be served by this program are considered the most vulnerable in the city. There are nearly 6,500 homeless persons in the District – a 9.3 percent increase since 2008. A little over half of those individuals are single adults. Nearly 70 percent of homeless single persons in the District are considered chronically homeless due to their repeated or lengthy episodes of homelessness or significant challenges, such as mental illness, addiction, and frail health, and are difficult to stabilize in shelters. Permanent supportive housing resources are key to ending their homelessness.
Erna’s House, named in honor of Erna Steinbruck, who founded N Street Village along with her husband, Pastor John Steinbruck, is located at 1107 11th Street NW. Residents will have access to services on-site including case managers, residential support staff, and a health promotion specialist, as well as comprehensive education, employment, day center, and physical health and wellness services at N Street Village’s flagship site – just a few blocks away from their new housing.
“I’m thrilled today to open this wonderful apartment complex that will provide a permanent home for some very deserving women,” Mayor Gray said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building last November. “Projects like this one are a huge win for our city. This building is proof that serving D.C. residents who are most in need while maintaining prudence with taxpayer dollars can go together hand-in-hand.”
This program expansion follows on the heels of N Street Village’s successful merger with Miriam’s House in October 2011, which allowed it to provide housing with supportive services to up to 20 more vulnerable women at a time, and to expand targeted services for homeless and low-income women living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS.
“We applaud the city—and specifically the D.C. Department of Human Services and the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness— for investing in permanent supportive housing for homeless women,” added Stribling. “We are extremely proud that N Street Village was selected to be the provider for this project.”