Frequently Asked Questions about 100,000 Homes Fairfax

100,000 Homes LogoThe Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness has joined the national 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national movement to find permanent homes for 100,000 chronically homeless. Please look below to find answers to some of the commonly asked questions about the 100,000 Homes Fairfax campaign.

What makes the 100,000 Homes Fairfax initiative different?
The 100,000 Homes model provides homeless individuals with caring, individually tailored support services at each stage of their journey from homelessness to housed. As of Dec. 10, 2012, the national campaign has already housed 23,151 people, with more than 90 percent of those helped remaining stably housed.The Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness has generated results, decreasing the homelessness rate by rapidly moving families and individuals into housing with services.  However, those experiencing chronic homelessness have been harder to help. That’s why the partnership is joining The 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national movement to find permanent homes for 100,000 chronically homeless. The campaign provides concrete, innovative tools and infrastructure that will help us put a real face on homelessness.

How does the new Registry information differ from the information volunteers have been collecting for years?
Registry week incorporates both the basic demographic characteristics normally collected in the annual Point in Time count with data collected via a new Vulnerability Index (VI) tool. The VI is a survey used to identify and prioritize the street homeless population for housing according to the fragility of their health.  The tool, developed by Dr. Jim. O'Connell of Boston's Health care for the Homeless program, identifies specific health conditions that are markers for increased mortality. The data will provide more useful information for providers in creating successful housing placements and getting vulnerable individuals off the street.

How will you use the information that is collected to help end homelessness?
The data collected through Registry Week will help service providers identify and prioritize for housing those homeless people who have health conditions that indicates that they are at the highest risk for mortality.

Why are the registry surveys taking place so early in the morning?
Most surveys conducted during Registry Week will take place between 4:00 and 7:00 AM. This is done to ensure that those individuals who are surveyed are among the unsheltered homeless population. Unsheltered individuals and families tend to be those who are not seeking or engaging with service providers on their own and will most likely remain homeless without proactive assistance.

Do the homeless want to be surveyed? Won't I just be bothering them?
Most people who are engaged during Registry Week conducted across the country are willing to engage with surveyors if not the first night then the second or third. Volunteers are trained on how to interact with homeless individuals and gain their trust. Similar to the annual Point in Time count, information is needed about the size and characteristics of the homeless population in order to bring the right amount of housing and service resources to a community.

If these people are chronically homeless, doesn't that mean they want to stay on the streets?
Most chronically homeless people want housing. Less than 5 percent of the chronically homeless decline permanent housing when offered, as long as the only requirement is to pay the rent and be a good tenant.

Is there a way that I can contribute monetarily? 
Yes, you may donate online to help our most valuable neighbors find a home by supporting the 100,000 Homes Fairfax campaign.

KeysLearn More about 100,000 Homes and How You Can Help

For more information about 100,000 Homes Fairfax, contact Tom Barnett in the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.

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