About

By partnering with homeless women, NEW creates new futures. We provide a nurturing environment so that women can recognize their worth.

NEW transforms lives by providing housing, fostering the development of life skills, and promoting education and employment to end the cycle of homelessness.

Since we opened our doors in 1988, NEW’s programs and services have helped more than 3,000 women and children take steps toward achieving greater self-sufficiency and independence. Our first program was a shelter for homeless women, a population whose needs were woefully underserved.

We grew to include housing programs for other populations of underserved homeless women: the chronically homeless—those who have experienced homelessness for much of their lives; HIV-positive women; senior women; young mothers under age 25; mothers reunifying with their children; and, women with mental illness and substance dependency. Nearly 30 years later, NEW’s programs and services are even more vital and urgently-needed, as homeless women and children in the District face the most daunting climb out of homelessness ever seen in recent history.

Three key program goals guide our work:

1. To prepare women to achieve independent living;
2. To increase the residents’ skills and income levels; and
3. To increase the residents’ self-determination.