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Mayor Bowser to Open Shelter for Women as Part of Homeward DC Plan to End Homelessness

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

(Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Administration Officials will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Patricia Handy Place for Women – a new dignified shelter for women experiencing homelessness.

The site formally known as Gospel Rescue Ministries has been renovated to include Emergency and Transitional Housing for more than 200 women who participate in the John Young and Open Door programs located at Federal City Shelter. The newly named Patricia Handy Place for Women (PHP) has been so named in honor of the late legendary Department of Human Services (DHS) outreach worker, Patricia Handy.

Patricia Handy Place is part of the District’s all-8-Wards solution to ending homelessness. For more information on the Mayor’s plan, visit


Mayor Muriel Bowser
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Brenda Donald
Department of Human Services Director Laura Zeilinger
Department of General Services Director Christopher Weaver
The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness Executive Director Sue Marshall


Wednesday, February 10 at 11 am


The Patricia Handy Place for Women
810 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC
*Closest Metro: Gallery Place Metro Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected].