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Mission: The mission of Open Arms Housing, Inc. is to provide permanent housing with a welcoming and supportive environment to women who are homeless.

Results: Since opening in June 2009 15 residents have been housed. All remain housed, all have financial benefits they are entitled to, all chose their apartment units and moved in voluntarily.

Target demographics: Single adult women who have experienced at least one year of homelessness or at least 4 episodes of homelessness in the last three years. Open Arms Targets homeless women who have been identified as vulnerable by the Department of Human Services.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 18

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

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.