Feed and clothe 1,400 homeless women in DC

by N Street Village Vetted since 2015 Site Visit Verified

Summary

Each year, nearly 1,400 homeless and low-income women and families come to N Street Village because they are hungry. We serve nearly 65,000 meals annually and connect 400 women to housing.

$50,000
total goal
$38,935
remaining
153
donors
0
monthly donors
2
years

Challenge

For over 40 years, N Street Village has provided housing and services for homeless and low-income women and families. We help nearly 1,400 women gain and maintain improvements in housing, health, employment and income. Over 40% of the women we serve have no source of income at entry. Nearly 70% have physical health issues and 86% are managing a mental illness and/or substance use disorder. Many have a history of incarceration and little work history. Sixteen percent are living with HIV.

Solution

This program provides over 64,000 meals to women and children experiencing homelessness. Our menu is not only nutritionally balanced but it also reflects the cultural traditions of the African American community. Our costs average $1.50 per meal. The meals provide a gateway for engagement with our staff. Staff invites each diner to talk and complete a ten minute survey that can qualify them for housing. We also provide assist people to get photo IDs, enroll in benefits and get clothing.

Long-Term Impact

The long-term benefits of this program are to enroll women into the city-wide housing qualification process and to help them gain and maintain improvements in their health, employment and income. Women who engage in our programs achieve outcomes above the national benchmarks. For example, only 70% of women with mental illness placed in housing nationally are expected to remain for a year. However, in the Village, over 95% of the women with mental illness are stably housed a year later.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.nstreetvillage.org
Staff and participants create positive community
Learn more about survey given to diners

Organization Information

N Street Village

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.nstreetvillage.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @NStreetVillage
Project Leader:
Ann McCreedy
Washington, DC United States

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