611 N Street Ribbon Cutting

NEW Moves Back to 611 N Street: Organization and City Leaders Celebrate Opening of Newly Constructed Women’s Supportive Housing Facility

(Washington, DC)—On March 4th, New Endeavors by Women (NEW) board members, staff and residents were joined by Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Department of Human Services Director (DHS) David Berns, Department of General Services (DGS) Director Brian Hanlon and DHS and DGS staff to celebrate the opening of the newly constructed transitional housing and permanent supportive housing facility at 611 N Street NW.

“After operating our women’s transitional housing program in the former facility at 611 N Street for 25 years, we are thrilled to be able to return to this state-of-the-art new facility,” said Wanda Steptoe, executive director of NEW. “We look forward to our organization and our residents thriving in this inspirational new space.”

The newly constructed building features 30 transitional and permanent housing units, a new computer lab, a spacious dining area and exterior renovations. Artwork featured throughout the space was created by Howard University staff and students.
“It’s not a shelter, it’s a home,” said Mayor Gray. “My focus has always been to give those most in need a helping hand and a pathway to services and opportunities to elevate their lives. Today’s ribbon-cutting symbolizes my continuous commitment to all residents.”

The construction project also includes:
• Accessible housing units and restrooms
• A new commercial kitchen
• A laundry room on the 2nd floor
• Exterior patios in the front and back of the building
• Lounge areas for residents
• A large conference room
• Five offices and open plan space for staff
• A reception and waiting area for guests

“The project is an example of our mission to elevate the quality of life for DC residents and their families,” said Hanlon.

“We at DHS are excited by this opportunity to have new surroundings that will hopefully represent a new life for the women who will reside here,” said Berns.

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.