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.