Women in D.C. Housing-First Units Concentrate on their Futures

Open Arms Housing was featured in a Washington Post article that highlighted the program. Read an excerpt below, or read the full article on washingtonpost.com.

For the first time in her tumultuous 22 years, Kortney Parkey has an apartment of her own.

Like anyone with a new home, Parkey is happy to give a visitor the grand tour. She shows off the ample closet space, the newly renovated kitchen and bathroom, the pretty patterned bedspread and the place mats on the table that match the blue doors.

But there’s so much more to this apartment that Parkey can’t point to. That here, at last, she is out from under the thumb of a crooked boss, a dishonest landlord, an abusive man. That she can shut her own door, an impossible luxury in the homeless shelters that have been her home more often than not for the past two years. That this place gives her a foothold to keep her job and improve her health.

And one more crucial thing: “I can sleep,” Parkey says. “I can sleep. Oh, my goodness, I can sleep.”