What’s Happening in the Homelessness Community - Fairfax-Falls Church Community Forum on Homelessness


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A record turnout marked the Community Forum on Homelessness on Feb. 16 at the Jubilee Christian Center in Fairfax, with at least 180 people in attendance. In her opening remarks, Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, reaffirmed the Board’s commitment to the goal of ending homelessness in our community.

Since the 10-Year Plan was adopted in March 2008, significant progress has been made, not only in reducing the number of people who are homeless, but in transforming the system of services to be more effective in preventing people from becoming homeless or to rapidly re-house people who do lose their housing. Earlier this month, the first annual Community Snapshot was released to provide a comprehensive view of our collective efforts including new unduplicated data, 10-Year Plan goal highlights and a baseline for measuring future progress. At the forum, updates were provided on:

  • Progress in implementing the 10-Year Plan and the HOST model (Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) Director Dean Klein and Program Manager Toya Codjoe).
  • Trends in basic needs in the Fairfax-Falls Church community (Dot Groce, process manager, Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning).
  • Initiation of a process for all participants to identify services provided by their organizations in seven broad categories throughout the four human services regions in our community (Jody Tompros, director of Transitional Housing and Residential Services, Reston Interfaith).
  • “Homeless Connect”, a concept in which a wide range of providers and volunteers come together for a day to provide service directly to people who are homeless.

This event was very effective thanks to the collaborative efforts of county staff and nonprofit agencies across the community.



 

 

  


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