As many as 800 single women are among the District’s chronically homeless population. Many have disabilities such as mental illness, substance abuse disorders, or debilitating physical conditions. Traditional housing programs -- with rules requiring participation in social services -- can be a challenge for individuals who have lived on the edge. Open Arms uses the “housing first” model, providing a safe and comfortable place to live, and then offering supportive services as an option. While some homeless organizations provide clients with housing at scattered sites in coed buildings throughout the city, Open Arms offers an alternative: women live together in a renovated building in Washington’s NOMA neighborhood that provides 16 efficiency apartments -- and a sense of security and community. Signing a lease, paying rent, and maintaining the property are responsibilities (and accomplishments) that generate a sense of pride. As a result, 65% of residents voluntarily opt-in to the mental health and substance abuse services that are offered. You can provide shelter for those who have none, and foster independence and hope in this community.