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.