Some 800 single women are among the District’s chronically homeless. Many live on the edge, with physical, medical, and mental disabilities, so traditional housing programs – with rules requiring participation in social services – can be a significant challenge. Open Arms uses the “housing first” model, providing safe and comfortable places to live, and then supportive services as an option. Twenty efficiency apartments provide a sense of security and community for women living together, and case management is available to 63 women living in scattered, coed sites across the city. Signing a lease, paying rent, and maintaining the property are accomplishments that generate a sense of pride. As a result, 65% of residents voluntarily opt-in to Open Arms' mental health and substance abuse services. You can provide housing for those who have none, and foster independence and hope in this community.
With the shift to a mobile case management model and the purchase of cell phones for most of their clients, Open Arms has been able to keep in contact with its clients and assist with regular wellness checks during this difficult time.