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n street village 1333 n street n w washington dc 20005 http www nstreetvillage org

N Street Village1333 N Street, N.WWashington, DC 20005http://www.nstreetvillage.org/

Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center Summer 2008 Internship

Jessica Coulter ‘10

mission statement
Mission Statement

N Street Village empowers homeless and low-income women to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.  The Village also provides affordable rental housing for low and moderate-income individuals and families.( NSV website)

statement of culture and community
Statement of Culture and Community

We are N Street Village. We are a community of respect, recovery, and hope. We create a safe and welcoming place with our words and actions.

We expect kindness and we value honesty and diversity.

We honor and respect each other for the diversity of our experiences and the insight we bring to our work. We commit ourselves to grow personally and professionally. We value spirituality and witness its many forms in our daily work.

homelessness in the nation s capital
Homelessness in the Nation’s Capital
  • 75% of the district’s homeless population are mentally ill. This qualifies as the highest mentally ill homeless population in the country
homelessness in the nation s capital1
Homelessness in the Nation’s Capital
  • Nearly 1 out of 5 of DC residents—or 104,000 people—live at or below the poverty line, making DC the jurisdiction with the 3rd highest poverty rate in the nation. These numbers compare with rates of 8.2% in MD and 10.0% in VA
  • Washington, D.C was on the top ten list for highest rates of homelessness by state in the US, according to a study released in 2007 by The National Alliance to End Homelessness
causes of homelessness
Causes of Homelessness

Mental illness


Medical disability

Family crisis

Domestic violence

Abuse, trauma

Eviction, displacement

Criminal involvement


Poverty, Eviction, Displacement

Un/under employment rates

Insufficient labor wages

Inadequate health/mental health care, educational and vocational access

Racism, discrimination

Inadequate supply of affordable, safe, decent and “supportive” housing

Homelessness and chronic homelessness

Individual Risks

Environmental Factors

a look inside n street village

A Look Inside N Street Village

A total of 782 women were served by NSV in 2007

The population served at NSV is considered high risk and hard-to-reach.

population served at nsv
Population Served at NSV
  • 59% with severe and persistent mental illness only
  • 12% with addiction only
  • 20% with co-occurrence of mental illness and addiction
  • 33% with chronic health problems
  • 16% with physical disability
  • 61% who meet the criteria for “chronic homelessness,” which is homelessness that lasts for 12 or more consecutive months or occurs four or more times in a three year period.(2006 survey)
n street village programs

N Street Village Programs

Bethany’s Women’s Center

Case Management

Wellness Center

Luther Place Night Shelter

Clinical Services

Group Home

Transitional Living Housing

Recovery Program Housing (Sarah House and Tubman House)

Rehabilitation and Employment Services

n street village programs1
N Street Village Programs

The eight different programs within

the N Street Village continuum serve

different purposes in order to accommodate

the disparate need and levels of ability and

functioning in the clients and residents, or

in some cases to accommodate the same

women but at different levels of readiness

for change or in different areas of need.(2007 report)

rehabilitation and employment program res department
Rehabilitation and Employment Program (RES) Department

The primary goal of the (RES) is to support the occupational and vocational needs of the

clients in all of the

NSV programs,

spanning disparate

levels of ability

providing basic


for some all the way

to mainstream


placement for others.

(NSV 2007 report)

(right to left) Job Developer, Manager of RES, and Myself

res intern responsibilities
RES Intern Responsibilities
  • Assist in facilitating a ten week career exploration & skill building seminar (Unit I)
  • Conduct new client intakes, develop case plans to address the consumers educational /employment goals with follow ups when desired
  • Supervise adult education classes
  • 2 overnights at the LPNS
  • Put together a binder full of low cost educational and job training programs offered in DC
a sample schedule of my day
A Sample Schedule of My Day

9:15- Morning Meeting

10:00-12:00- Supervise Open Lab


12:30-1:00- Prepare for Unit I

1:00-2:15- Facilitate Unit I

(Wednesday’s Staff Clinical Meeting from 1:30-3:00)

2:15-4:45- meet with clients, conduct new client intakes, prepare extra work for a client, paper work, etc

the structure of res program
The Structure of RES Program
  • Objective: Empower women to achieve their highest possible level of self-sufficiency through gained life skills and employment placements (NSV 2007 report)
  • 5 steps to become involved
  • 3 Units that make up the program
res statistics for 2007
RES Statistics for 2007

Total # of referrals to RES in 2007 (from NSV) = 62

74% retention rate (women referred that remain active with RES)

Unit III - mainstream employment

Total # who have received new employment since Jan 1, 2007 = 25

Unit II - sheltered employment and job training

(learning lab, typing class, PLATO adult education, open lab, shelter employment, skills training, adult education)

Total # graduated since Jan 1, 2007 = 26 graduated

Unit I - "Skill Building" (12-week classroom-based curriculum)

14 women graduated during 2007 (= completed 12 weeks of Skill Building)

50 women graduated since program inception

Job Keepers Dinner Club – Once a Month

Average of 5 attendees each month

res program steps and units

Step 1

Client Interest

Step 2

Staff Referral (Only for Unit II and III)

Step 3

RES Intake

Step 4



Unit I “Career Exploration and Job Readiness”

Unit II “Training, Education or Volunteering”

Unit III “Supported Employment Program”

RES Program Steps and Units
important skills i learned
Important Skills I Learned
  • How to write case notes
  • How to facilitate a group/class to best target the need of the audience
  • How to conduct client intakes and make case plans
  • Became a better observer
  • Broadened my understanding of psychiatric disorders beyond textbook definitions especially regarding Axis II Disorders
  • Learned much about social policy and government aid such as welfare and social security
  • And MUCH MUCH more…….