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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