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.