Open Arms Housing, Inc

Rating: 4.64 stars   14 reviews

Issues:

Location: 57 O St NW Washington DC 20001 USA

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
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisting 13 women as they transition from living on the street and emergency shelters to permanent housing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff are committed to assisting the residents in creating and reaching life goals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Supportive, attentive, committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the program to include housing for families, veterans, more women, and elderly individuals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in many ways. I spend lots of time with the staff and the ladies we serve. It is truly a magical place. The ladies love their apartments and feel totally safe and welcome.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would buy, renovate and provide permanent supportive housing for many more women just like the Dunbar.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy of seeing the purchase, renovation,decoration and use of a small apartment building for a vitally important result.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The best! We hired an executive director and program manager who are great - they Get the purpose of Housing First.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build more projects like the Dunbar. We have the expertise to do more buildings like this one. I am very interested in raising 10 million dollars to do more.

Ways to make it better...

we could have finished sooner! Raising the money was tricky at first until our donors realized that Housing First works! Providing low-barrier shelter works.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising money to begin a second project.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This project has been the most wonderful thing in my life!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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