Permanent housing for women with disabilities and or a chronic history for homelessness is needed in the District of Columbia. Open Arms Housing is a program that offers stable, safe housing in a supportive environment. Residents, after many years of living in emergency shelters and on the streets, are encouraged to work with staff to create a permanent home. Programs like Open Arms are needed throughout the city to address the growing number homeless women, men , and children.
I have served on the Board of Open Arms for ten years. Our building, the Dunbar, has provided permanent supported housing for 16 formerly homeless women who suffer from mental illness. I am getting to knowthem as I deliver items to the building. I am proud to have been a part of this project from the beginning when we bought the place in 2000. The place is a beautiful, warm, comfortable and safe home for these fragile women.