WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — As part of the Bowser Administration’s all eight ward approach to transform the District’s response to homelessness and improve the quality and effectiveness of services, Mayor Bowser and partners today announced that District-based N Street Village will manage and operate the Patricia Handy Place for Women. The Patricia Handy Place for Women is a new facility that will serve as many as 213 women each night. N Street Village is known nationally as an innovator in homeless services with a track-record of empowering homeless and low-income women. Last month, Mayor Bowser along with DHS Director Laura Zeilinger and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans cut the ribbon on the new facility, which is set to open next month.
“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 work with top-notch providers to implement programs that will help those in need.”
Last month, the Bowser Administration announced an all-8-Wards solution to close and replace DC General, a facility that is too old and too big to provide effective and dignified services to residents in need. The Patricia Handy Place is one of eight new facilities proposed by Mayor Bowser as part of that plan. While the other seven facilities will provide short-term housing for families experiencing homelessness, the Patricia Handy Place will enhance services for adult women experiencing homelessness by replacing two outdated programs at the Federal City Shelter.
“We applaud the city—and specifically The Community Partnership and the D.C. 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.”
As the provider, N Street Village will provide 24-hour trauma-informed support and on-site case management for residents, helping them to achieve their health, wellness, and long-term housing goals. Additionally, Unity Health Care will provide oversight for the facility’s 12 medical respite beds and will provide drop-in health care services to all of the facility’s residents.
“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 Department of Human Services Director Laura Zeilinger. “We are proud to have the opportunity to build on this success and partner in new and exciting ways.”
The Patricia Handy Place for Women is named in honor of the late, legendary DHS outreach worker, Patricia Handy, who dedicated her career in service to this city’s most vulnerable residents.
Background on N Street Village
N Street Village was founded in 1972 by members of the Luther Place Memorial Church. What began as sleeping mats on the floor of the church expanded into a wide range of programmatic services offered from their first location at 14th and N Streets in Logan Circle. N Street now operates four program sites with the addition of PHP. N Street Village was awarded the contract through a competitive process from The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, which currently manages parts of the homeless services continuum of care on behalf of the District of Columbia.