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Your donation helps NEW provide safe shelter and support to homeless women and children in the District of Columbia. Our transitional and permanent supportive housing programs are home to as many as 120 women and children each year. Thank you!

Our Mission and History

New Endeavors by Women (NEW) helps women take control of their lives to conquer homelessness.  We opened our doors in 1988 to be a stepping stone for homeless women charting their own paths to self-reliance. Our programs help underserved homeless women: the chronically homeless—those who have experienced homelessness for much of their lives; HIV-positive women; young mothers under age 25; mothers reunifying with their children; and, women with mental illness and substance dependency.


Our Programs

Our three transitional housing programs—New Transitions, New Generations and New Expectations—are home to over 60 women and their children who may stay as long as 24 months while working
toward greater self-sufficiency. Our two permanent supportive housing programs—Shelter Plus Care and New Horizons— subsidize 28 apartments for residents who may remain in the program long-term
or permanently.

Why Our Work Urgently Needed

More than half of our residents experienced chronic homelessness in the past two years, with no housing, no employment, and often no supports in place to assist them. They are restarting from “ground zero” when they arrive at NEW, and they require a high level of lengthy and intensive support to set and achieve education, employment, financial and housing goals.


Our Housing Works, Our Services Make a Difference

Last year our support helped clients achieve many successes:
- 84 women and 62 children made their home in our five housing programs.
- One-third of residents in our transitional housing programs (29% of adults) enrolled in education and training programs that improved their ability to seek and sustain higher paying jobs and find new employment opportunities.
- One quarter of residents in our transitional housing programs (24% of adults) were employed in full-time, part-time, and/or seasonal employment.
- On average, the hourly wage earned by women in our programs was $10.29 per hour, a full $2.00 per hour above the District’s minimum wage of $8.25.
- 22 women and families graduated from our transitional housing and moved to their own permanent housing!

Your donation will help our program residents achieve even greater successes in 2011--thank you for giving as generously as you can in support of our housing programs!


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