611 N Street Groundbreaking

Wanda Steptoe speaks at 611 N Street GroundbreakingOn September 17, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and community leaders broke ground on the construction project to renovate and expand the 611 N Street facility that is home to our New Transitions program and administrative offices. The new facility will provide 30 transitional units in clusters of 5-6 bedrooms each for the New Transitions residents. The facility will combine transitional housing and permanent supportive housing for women in one residential space: 20% of units will be permanent supportive housing for senior women with a history of chronic homelessness, and 80% will be transitional housing for adult women over age 18.

“Since the beginning of my administration, one of our overarching goals has been improving the quality of life for every District resident, making sure they have the opportunities they need to succeed,” Mayor Gray said. “That’s why I’m excited to be here this morning to break ground on the renovation and expansion of this facility, which opens the door of opportunity for homeless women.”

The District’s Department of General Services (DGS) is managing the project’s $10.1 million capital budget. The building at 611 N Street NW was originally built in the 1970s as a police station, and has been home to New Endeavors by Women since 1988. The facility will be fully renovated and expanded to provide 30 housing units and space for expanded support services for homeless women. The “green” building that will result is designed to meet LEED Gold standards.

It’s been a challenging time for all of us as we adjust our days, our budgets and our expectations to COVID-19. And now, add a city and country grasping for footing after the death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer and we all feel even more out of control, unstable, and concerned about the future. Here at NEW we know that one way we can process our own feelings is to think about the needs and feelings of others.

We need you. The women need you. Your community needs you. Now more than ever women and children in DC need a safe and stable place to live.