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 facilitate the healing process for those who have been victims of abuse.

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.