Our Programs



Open Arms Housing operates three programs through which we serve chronically homeless women. We run our two project-based single-site apartment buildings, the Dunbar, in the Truxton Circle neighborhood of Northwest, and Owen House, in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast, as well the newer initiative, a scattered-site PSHP. Open Arms Housing offers individual and group on-site services tailored to the unique needs of our clients.


OAH On-Site supportive services:

  • Outreach and engagement

  • Orientation to building and apartment, assistance in obtaining subsidy

  • Financial management, help with activities of daily living

  • Supportive counseling, crisis intervention

Scattered-site permanent supportive housing program

For clients under the scattered site PSHP, OAH case managers provide intensive mobile case management. All supportive services include supportive counseling, crisis intervention, financial management and assistance in receiving public benefits and referrals to resources and/or programs. OAH also connects residents with off-site services that include mental health and assertive community treatment, alcohol and drug abuse counseling, employment counseling, day programs, volunteer opportunities, self-help groups, medical treatment, and food pantries.


Open Arms Housing hosts two single-site PSH buildings-the Dunbar and Owen Place. Both facilities are apartment-style buildings housing women experiencing homelessness with on-site support services. The availability of an on-site certified Peer Specialist and Case Managers with whom clients can consult, arrange benefits, and request access to mobile treatment teams, helps to ensure accessibility to supportive services at a level and pace determined by the residents.

From its conception, Open Arms has stressed the provision of quality living spaces with full bath and kitchen for each resident; shared common space; customization of units to meet the special mobility and other needs of residents; a secure and safe building to call home; and effective property management that keeps each unit a healthy and responsive place to live.

Private-Public PSH Partnership Program

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers the District's Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) for Residential Developers Program, which requires that 8 percent - 10 percent of the residential floor area be set-aside for affordable units in most: new residential development projects of 10 or more units; and rehabilitation projects that are creating 10 or more units in an existing building or addition. In addition, many of these projects have a set aside for permanent supportive housing units.

As part of our Private-Public PSH Partnership Program, Open Arms Housing has partnered with responsible developers dedicated to the mission of creating a better community and eradicating homelessness from the most vulnerable populations. Currently we have several partnerships nearing completion and are excited about upcoming partnerships to provide more permanent supportive housing units.

If you are a developer and would like to discuss future partnerships with Open Arms Housing, please contact us at partnerships@openarmshousing.org.