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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I was greatly impressed with the dedication and perseverance of the Open Arms team in developing their vision into an amazing permanent housing model for chronically homeless, mentally ill women. There were many challenges to what they were doing, but they made it happen and continue to do an amazing job in keeping a fragile population of women in safe, comfortable, and supportive environments.

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

their ongoing mission to help serve women who have experienced years of homelessness and, due to their disabilities, could not thrive in standard housing alternatives. The dedication of the volunteer board and staff is exemplary.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This is a non-profit that certainly seems to make the most of every dollar it raises. A dedicated board and staff work closely to identify women with mental illness who can benefit from the supervised living setting they have created especially for this purpose. They've created a warm and friendly home for women who otherwise would be without much if any support or supervision. They provide structure and guidance for women whose lives are turned around by having a stable and safe home to call their own. This is proof that showing respect for and understanding the needs of those with mental illness can go a long way towards addressing the problems of homelessness!

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

tours of the facilities and through hearing stories from a board member.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My family has developed a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness and seen the best efforts carried out effectively through Open Arms Housing. Open Arms Housing demonstrates the effectiveness of partnership between people who are homeless and volunteers, non profit leaders,corporate supporters and government agenicies. Open Arms is a great example of the broader community coming together to improve people's lives and to feel good about the hard work.

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

By visiting the open house in the spring at which new residents as well as Open Housing staff and board members proudly gave my family and me a tour and spoke about the benefits of such housing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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