Our response to Washingtonian article

March 7, 2016

While we commend Washingtonian for its shared concern for homeless individuals and families, we are disappointed by its recent article, which presents an inaccurate portrayal of SOME and our policy of providing healthy and sober housing.

Read our open letter to the editor »

Every day at SOME, we see how drug and alcohol addiction negatively affect the lives and goals of the individuals and families we serve. This is why we offer substance-free housing, which provides a safe haven for all residents who choose to live in SOME communities. SOME’s housing model has achieved a 95% success rate in enabling residents to maintain stable income, health and sobriety. Because of this, we remain committed to providing safe, sober housing to the individuals and families we serve.

Yet we take the concerns expressed in the article seriously, and are taking steps to address those concerns. In addition to our regular Residents’ Council, Tenant Association and tenant run meetings, we are meeting with employees, residents and community partners to learn more about feelings, concerns and ideas around our housing policies and procedures.