Horning: Comprehensive Homeless Services Are Important

Joe Horning, chairman of the D.C.-based Horning Brothers Development Company and a long-time supporter of N Street Village, recorded a commentary for local NPR station WAMU, urging state and federal lawmakers to consider the consequences of potential budget cuts on the homeless. Horning, a recipient of the N Street Village 2010 Founders’ Award, featured us in his commentary:

“Any homeless family or individual — regardless of how they became homeless — requires more than a bed. To begin the recovery process, they must also have access to a coordinated system of wraparound services: case managers, education and employment services, and health and mental health services.

“One example of this kind of care provider is N Street Village shelter for women. Last year, they served 46 percent of the adult, single, homeless women in D.C., not only by providing meals and clothing, but supportive housing, case management, mental health therapy, physical wellness programs, job training, and peer support.”

Listen to the entire commentary and read the transcript at the WAMU web site.