Twenty women are always housed in our two project-based facilities, the Dunbar and Owen House. Since 2009, when the Dunbar building first opened, 40 women have been housed. In October 2016, the DC Department of Human Services awarded funding to Open Arms Housing to provide supportive services to what is now 87 additional women in scattered site units situated throughout the city – a tremendous expansion of our service footprint.
Over our nine years, Open arms housing HAS prevented subsequent homelessness 94% of the time.
Housing stability remains our principal outcome measure. Open Arms Housing continues to maintain a 95 percent housing stabilization rate at the Dunbar and Owen House project-based sites. Altogether, we have prevented a return to homelessness for 35 of the 37 women we have served, preventing a collective 116 years of homelessness. Of the 15 who have exited the program, 13 have moved directly to permanent settings.
Open Arms Housing is one of the first providers in DC to offer the Housing First model to chronically homeless women and to have been remarkably successful in that pursuit. We have demonstrated success with both project-based and scattered-site models of Housing First. We firmly believe that each of the models uniquely benefits women with different challenges by offering a spectrum of housing response to those different challenges.