Hanley Shelter Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Fairfax County Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22035-1102

July 23, 2007

Media Advisory: Ribbon cutting ceremony
for Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter
August 4

News media representatives and members of the public are invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter, to be held Saturday, August 4, at 11 a.m.

The shelter, an integral part of the county’s plan to end homelessness, will accommodate up to 20 families at a time, providing a safe, temporary home where families can get the help they need to be able to develop a plan to locate permanent housing as quickly as possible. Located at 13000 Lee Highway in Fairfax, at the intersection of Lee Highway (Route 29) and Meadow Estates Drive, the building will be ready for occupancy in late August.

The shelter is named for Katherine K. Hanley, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia and former chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, who will be the keynote speaker at the ribbon cutting event. Also speaking at the event will be Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly; Springfield District Supervisor Elaine McConnell; Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins; Linda Wimpey, chair of the Community Council on Homelessness; and Jewell Mikula, executive director of Shelter House, Inc., the nonprofit organization with which the county’s Department of Family Services has contracted to operate the shelter.

The county building incorporates many “green building” features, such as use of energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures, building materials with recycled content, water-saving plumbing fixtures, water-efficient landscaping, and extensive use of natural light. It is the first homeless shelter in the country to receive a Green Globes rating for its sound energy and environmental design practices and will be recognized by the Green Building Initiative for this distinction in another ceremony at a later date.

You are invited to tour the shelter after the ceremony (from noon to 2 p.m.). A reception will immediately follow the ceremony, to which you are also invited.

Important note: No parking is available at the site of the groundbreaking ceremony.
Attendees are asked to park in the front parking lot of the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway). Shuttle buses will transport attendees to the site beginning at 10:15 a.m. and will return them to the Pennino Building after the ceremony.

What:

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter

When:

Saturday, August 4, at 11 a.m.

Where:

13000 Lee Highway in Fairfax, at the intersection of Lee Highway (Route 29) and Meadow Estates Drive. Please park at the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway) and take the shuttle bus to the shelter site.


Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.




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