N Street Village Expands Short Term Housing Services in Ward 2; First New Facility to Open as Part of District’s Homeward DC Strategy

N Street Village Expands Short Term Housing Services in Ward 2; First New Facility to Open as Part of District’s Homeward DC Strategy

New Partnership with D.C. Department of Human Services and The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness Will Support More Than 200 Vulnerable Women in DC

Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2016)N Street Village, a community for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C., today announced it will expand its shelter and housing services to an additional 200 women this spring. The Patricia Handy Place for Women, located at 810 Fifth Street NW, is the first short term emergency housing facility to open as part of the Mayor’s “All Eight Wards” plan to address and end homelessness in the District of Columbia, as detailed in the Homeward DC strategic plan. This new facility is largely funded by the DC Department of Human Services and is set to open next month.

Incorporating the best of N Street Village’s service-enriched model of care, programming at the Patricia Handy Place will be trauma-informed, dignified, and safe for single women experiencing homelessness. The transformative program will include critical services provided by trained staff, volunteers, and city and nonprofit partners and has been designed to create a sense of community and enhance individual feelings of empowerment.

“We applaud the city—and specifically The Community Partnership and the DC Department of Human Services—for their commitment to a comprehensive, integrated approach to homelessness in the nation’s capital,” said Schroeder Stribling, Executive Director of N Street Village. “With the addition of the Patricia Handy Place, we will increase the number of women for whom we can provide safe shelter and housing with integrated supportive services by 142 percent.”

The women who will be served by this program are considered among the most vulnerable in the city and are already in shelters that have to close due to the need for improved efficacy and infrastructure per Homeward DC. According to the 2015 District Point in Time Enumeration there  are 7,298 persons experiencing homelessness in the District, with nearly 1,000 being single women. Among women experiencing homelessness overall, 20 percent report histories of domestic violence, 76 percent report no employment/earned income, 8 percent report a chronic health problem, 11 percent report chronic substance abuse, and 20 percent report significant mental illness.

“In a city as prosperous as ours, we need to do better by our fellow residents experiencing homelessness,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The District’s partnership with N Street Village to operate the Patricia Handy Place is a model for how the District plans to fight homelessness in our city. We will build facilities that fit into their communities and will work with top-notch providers to implement programs that will help those in need.”

N Street Village staff at the Patricia Handy Place will provide 24-hour support services and on-site case management to help residents meet their health, wellness, and long-term housing goals, and will plan to bring additional services on site over the coming months. Unity Health Care will be providing oversight for the facility’s 12 medical respite beds and will also provide drop-in health care services.

“I am exceedingly pleased with the selection of N Street Village as the service provider for the Patricia Handy Place for Women. They are a long-standing partner with the District and provide incredible services for residents, helping them to achieve amazing things with their existing programs like Miriam’s House and Erna’s House,” said DC Department of Human Services Director Laura Zeilinger. “We are proud for the opportunity to build on this success and partner in new and exciting ways.”

Board Chair of N Street Village and Managing Partner at Wiley Rein, Peter Shields said, “N Street Village is grateful for the opportunity to expand upon our work in this community and offer this much needed support to more women in the District.”

About N Street Village For over 40 years, N Street Village has helped women achieve personal stability and make life-changing gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health and addiction recovery. The Village empowers homeless and low-income women to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The organization also provides affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. For more about N Street Village, please visit https://www.nstreetvillage.org.

A Turning Point for Our City and a New Chapter for N Street Village

When N Street Village opened its doors in 1972, it was the first site exclusively for homeless and low income women in Washington, D.C. For more than 40 years, our commitment to addressing homelessness has set a new standard in our nation’s capital and beyond. With comprehensive services for both emergency and long-term needs, we help women achieve stability and make meaningful gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery.

Today, our city stands on the verge of ending chronic homelessness and is taking the necessary action to ensure homelessness is brief, rare and non-recurring in the District is by 2020.

To that end, I am honored to announce that N Street Village will expand our shelter and housing services to more than 200 women when we open our fourth location, The Patricia Handy Place for Women next month.

The Patricia Handy Place for Women is the first short term emergency housing facility to open as part of the Mayor’s “All Eight Wards” plan to address and end homelessness in the District of Columbia.  The Patricia Handy Place will be located at 810 Fifth Street NW, and will set an important standard for new programs that will open over the coming years as detailed in the Homeward DC strategic plan. This new facility will be largely funded by the D.C. Department of Human Services – and we will need the support of our entire community to welcome more women into our Village family.

Here is how you can assist us in getting the Patricia Handy Place ready to open next month:

  1. Help fulfill our Amazon wish list of necessities. If you would like to organize a group drive, please contact Heidi Gauthier at hgauthier@nstreetvillage.org
  2. Contribute to provide critical services to our city’s most vulnerable women

N Street Village staff at the Patricia Handy Place will provide 24-hour support services and on-site case management to help residents meet their health, wellness, and long-term housing goals, with additional on-site services to be announced in the coming months. Unity Health Care will also be providing oversight for the facility’s 12 medical respite beds and will also provide drop-in health care services.

Today marks an important moment for our N Street Village community and for the District of Columbia. Thank you for standing with us and believing in the importance of community, and the hope and healing that is possible for the women that we are here together to serve.

Schroeder Stribling

Executive Director

N Street Village

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N Street Village Selected to Receive Leadership Grant

EILEEN FISHER Selects N Street Village as a Recipient of the 2012 Activating Leadership Grants; Grant recognizes nonprofits that are leading for impact and helping to create systemic change

EILEEN FISHER, the women’s clothing retailer has announced the recipients of the EILEEN FISHER Activating Leadership Grants. For 2012, the program, now in its third year, focused on Leading for Impact. N Street Villagewas one of fifteen nonprofits selected by the brand to receive a grant from more than 200 applications.

“By leading for impact, these women and girls are finding their voices, taking charge of their lives and changing their communities,” says Reisa Brafman, EILEEN FISHER Social Consciousness Leader of Community Partnerships & Women’s Initiatives. “They’re offering new solutions and helping to create systemic change, across the country and around the globe. Our grant committee is truly inspired by their work.”

Designer Eileen Fisher strongly believes each of us has the ability to lead—in our personal lives, in the workplace and in our communities. The Activating Leadership Grant program acknowledges that there are many ways to lead, many styles of leadership and many kinds of effective leaders. It seeks out innovative programs that encourage women and girls to find their voices and empowers them to make tangible changes in their personal lives, their homes and their communities.

The EILEEN FISHER Activating Leadership Grant supports N Street Village’s Senior Peer Corps program.  The Senior Peer Corps recognizes homeless and low-income women who have demonstrated a commitment to themselves and the community by activating their innate leadership abilities through training and placement in peer leadership roles at N Street Village. “The Activating Leadership Grant positively impacts women who move from being recipients of help to becoming leaders in their various communities, including ours,” says Tim Fretz, N Street Village Manager of Foundations and Government Giving.

As a socially conscious company, EILEEN FISHER is dedicated to supporting women through clothing that create confidence and through initiatives that address well-being. The company is a leader in both human rights and sustainability. A twitter chat with the 2012 Activating Leadership Grant recipients is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 12:30 EST.  Join the conversation @eileenfisher using #EFCSRChat

N Street Village Expands Permanent Supportive Housing Services in Washington, D.C.

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.”

N Street Village Announces Incorporation of Miriam’s House; Expansion of HIV/AIDS Services

Washington, D.C. (November 1, 2011) – N Street Village, a community for homeless and low-income women in D.C., announced today that it is incorporating Miriam’s House, a residential community for women living with HIV and AIDS, into its programs and services. With the addition of Miriam’s House, N Street Village will ensure that high-quality housing and supportive services for homeless women living with HIV/AIDS remain available in the District, especially critical in light of the increasing demand for such services. This collaboration will give N Street Village the ability to provide housing with supportive services to 20 more vulnerable women at one time. In addition, N Street Village will expand its prevention and wellness programs for homeless and low-income women living with or at-risk of HIV/AIDS – impacting the nearly 900 women it serves annually.

“This is a strategic move that will preserve and increase housing and services for homeless women living with HIV/AIDS in our region,” said Schroeder Stribling, Executive Director of N Street Village. “The merger of Miriam’s House into N Street Village is a natural extension of the strong relationship and similar values that our two organizations already share, and is a testimony to the commitment of our Boards and other stakeholders to adapt in ways that promote and extend our critical missions. This bold change will bring more resources to the vulnerable women of DC who need them the most.”

“N Street Village and Miriam’s House both have strong roots in social justice, vital missions, and a commitment to creating community,” said Carol Marsh, founder of Miriam’s House. “By coming together, we will strengthen our ability to serve vulnerable women with HIV/AIDS.”

“The benefit to combining two highly complementary organizations is that we can do more together as one than we ever could as two separate entities,” said Sam Collins, Executive Director for Miriam’s House. “At a time of economic stress for small nonprofits, this collaboration with N Street Village provides financial stability and a sustainable framework for the important mission of Miriam’s House to continue.”

N Street Village provides a comprehensive spectrum of housing and services to homeless and low-income women, including residential programs, health and wellness services, medical and psychiatric care through a partnership with Unity Health Care, a drop-in center providing for basic and emergency needs, and education and employment services. Since 2004, N Street Village has focused on continual growth and enhancement of its programs. N Street Village will not eliminate any of its current programs as a result of the acquisition, and will seize this opportunity to further develop its wellness programs related to HIV/AIDS.

Under the terms of the agreement, approved by both Boards of Directors, Miriam’s House becomes a wholly owned program of N Street Village. N Street Village’s executive leadership will remain the same for the 2012 fiscal year. This merger was made possible with support from the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, and the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

About N Street Village

 Founded in 1972 by members of Luther Place Memorial Church, N Street Village helps women achieve personal stability and make life-changing gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health and addiction recovery. N Street Village empowers homeless and low-income women to claim her highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The organization also provides affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. For more about N Street Village, please visit https://www.nstreetvillage.org.

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Essence Magazine’s Susan L. Taylor Inspires at N Street Village’s Luncheon

N Street Village’s Fifth Annual Luncheon on June 29th was a great success! In the words of our speaker, Susan L. Taylor, our hearts are filled with gratitude to all who were present.

The Community Ally award was presented this year to the Washington, DC, chapter of Back On My Feet. Its executive director, Autumn Campbell, accepted the award and N Street Village’s team, Stinky Feet, was also in attendance.

The highlight of the luncheon came from N Street Village’s Evelyn Green who recounted her own powerfully moving story about her journey from the streets smoking crack to her recovery at N Street Village.  Twenty-five years ago, Evelyn was homeless, addicted, and sleeping under the stairs of the National Press Club building.  Now, she found herself standing on the 13th floor of the National Press Club at a podium celebrating 20 years of sobriety and a life spent helping hundreds of other women like her overcome homelessness and addiction. Evelyn perfectly explained our mission to our guests when she said, “N Street Village will love you until you are ready to love yourself.”

Evelyn asked herself “Why me?” And then – “Why not me?” And so we ask — “Why not YOU?” You, too, can bring hope to women in need. Here’s how:

Celebrating Women on the Road to Recovery

Recovery Housing Graduates Spring Recently, N Street Village honored five women in the Spring Recovery Housing Celebration.  We celebrated a combined total of more than five years clean and sober in this group! Valerie Dunmore, Shirley Jinks-Fisher, Robin Offutt, and Diane Lawrence were presented with completion certificates recognizing their achievements in the program. At this stage, the women are accepting responsibility for their behavior, problems and solutions, co-facilitating meetings or groups, demonstrating that they have built a relationship with their sponsor, being a positive role model for other women in the program and making long-term plans. A couple of them will move on to other housing and recovery environments to continue their progress, and the others will continue with their work, meetings and activities with the N Street Village program and graduate in the coming months.

Jacqueline Cooper received her graduation certificate, which signifies that she uses tools and strategies learned in the program to act positively and communicate appropriately outside N Street Village, has a deeper understanding of the circumstances and situations that make her vulnerable to relapse, has presented her autobiography to peers and staff and received comments and questions, manages her leisure time, is resolving most of her practical problems such as housing, health and income and is committed to working on herself and her recovery. Ms. Cooper says about the Recovery Housing Program, “It made a big difference in my life.”

The celebration featured some special performances including four women who each presented poetry about hope, change, growth and recovery. It was a powerful night of inspiration for the women in the programs, the staff and everyone who came to support all of the hard work being celebrated!

N Street Village, Miriam’s House in HIV Specialist Magazine

Street Village and Miriam’s House share effective strategies in serving homeless women with HIV in HIV Specialist – a publication of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. The article can be found on page 4.

N Street Village and Miriam’s House has recently launched a new collaboration to enhance our services around HIV and AIDS. Like N Street Village, Miriam’s House is committed to providing a residential community of recovery for women. Since the mid-1990s they’ve been serving women who are HIV-positive or have AIDS. With the support of a grant from Kaiser Permanente, we’ll be conducting interviews and focus groups with clients, service providers, and funders in the Washington, D.C. community to understand how to reduce the stigma about HIV and AIDS in our communities.

N Street Village, Miriam’s House Receive Kaiser Permanente Grant

We are excited to embark on a new collaboration with Miriam’s House to enhance our services around HIV and AIDS. Like N Street Village, Miriam’s House is committed to providing a residential community of recovery for women. Since the mid-1990s they’ve been serving women who are HIV-positive or have AIDS. With the support of a grant from Kaiser Permanente, we’ll be conducting interviews and focus groups with clients, service providers, and funders in the Washington, D.C. community to understand how to reduce the stigma about HIV and AIDS in our communities. We’ll also be identifying gaps in service delivery and evaluate whether Miriam’s House and N Street Village have a role to play in filling any of those gaps. We anticipate presenting the results of our project in January, 2012, to clients, staff and community members.