Kenyatta T. Brunson cuts the ribbon to Sharon’s Place with Cm Brooke Pinto and N Street Village staff.
N Street Village has launched Sharon’s Place, a new two-year transitional housing program for women experiencing housing instability who are working or actively job-hunting. This is the only residential employment program for women in Washington, D.C.
Residents will receive case management support for mental health and recovery issues, support preparing for and finding jobs, financial literacy guidance, and referrals for job training and GED assistance.
“Our goal is to give participants the tools to maintain housing and employment beyond the two-year program,” said Sangita Joshi, director of Case Management, who will lead this new program. “We will offer financial guidance and support to help women work toward securing permanent housing.”
The program will house up to 20 women. Applicants will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the program and after a brief in-take process will receive a move-in date.
“Sharon’s Place is a perfect addition to the array of wrap-around support we provide women experiencing homelessness or housing instability,” said Kenyatta T. Brunson, president and chief executive officer, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new program. “Too often working women struggle to manage the myriad of stresses they face every day. This new program gives them the space and support to breathe and stabilize their lives.”
Councilmember Brooke Pinto attended the ceremony and said: “I really believe in the people of this city, and I think this program is such an excellent example of what we can do when we empower folks to do what it is that they do best, and support them when they are trying to get on their feet, get access to a new job, get stabilized, which is the way we are all going to move forward.”
“We applaud N Street Village’s efforts to continue meeting the needs of women experiencing homelessness across the city,” said Jose Lucio, Chief of Contracting and Procurement at The Community Partnership. “This program will be an excellent means to providing stability and a promising future for many women.”
The program, which is located at the agency’s Flagship location at 1333 N Street N.W., is named after Sharon Hart, a dedicated staff member of N Street Village for 30 years, who retired in 2018.
If you or someone you know would be a good candidate for Sharon’s Place, please contact Sangita Joshi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-939-2072.
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