URLA BARROW

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Message from Urla Barrow, Executive Director of Hyacinth's Place

Hyacinth's Place is being presented as a plan to start to a solution.

It is an idea that was developed over six years and currently stands tall, beautiful, and real at 1060 Bladensburg Rd in Northeast Washington DC. The facility is a fifteen unit supportive housing program for women who are homeless, at risk for homelessness, and who have a mental health diagnoses. It is intended as a place for second chances.

Homelessness can become a reality to anyone. It is not necessarily as the result of substance abuse or mental illness. An unfortunate accident or a sudden misfortune can render an individual homeless. According to recent statistics, in the District of Columbia, on any given day, there are over 14,000 homeless individuals.

The dynamics that bring an individual to the place of homelessness varies. In many instances, mental illness is a contributing factor. A homeless person affected by mental illness needs a safe home with the support services that would allow them to function to the best of their capability. These individuals can eventually contribute to society instead of being dependent on the wage earning, tax paying public This is where a facility like Hyacinth’s Place becomes necessary.

The women of Hyacinth’s Place will be given an opportunity to rebuild their lives. The journey will be long and challenging. However, our staff will work conscientiously with each individual to identify those issues that rendered them homeless. Residents will receive the clinical attention and education needed to address their mental health condition. Life goals that are identified will be scrutinized for practicality, for support and for achievement.