Community Partnership ~ Our Challenge, Your Impact
Threats of severe temperatures and lack of affordable housing — that is what more than 1,200 children, women and men face today. Homelessness is a real problem in the Fairfax County-Falls Church community.
- Learn more about homelessness in our community.
Homelessness affects all of us, with social and economic costs to the community, including increased public costs for medical care and education.
- Find out about the real cost of homelessness.
Financial assistance has helped prevent more than 900 people from becoming homelesss during the past year.
- More than $1.7 million allocated to be provided over 3 years.
- Close to $1.3 million spent in the first 10 months.
At this rate, financial assistance will be exhausted. The opportunity to keep hundreds and even thousands of people in their homes is dependent on the community as a whole investing in homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing.
There are many ways you, your business or your community organization can impact homelessness today. No matter what your skills, age or resources, there are ways you can make a difference for people who are homeless. Here are some suggestions:
Give as much as you can. From $25, which can cover the cost of food for an entire day for a family of three, or shoes for a child, to $25,000, which can help keep a family in their home for two years.Your donation to the Fairfax-Falls Church Homelessness Partnership Fund will directly impact our most vulnerable neighbors:
- This fund not only supports rapid re-housing activities, but also provides valuable resources that tackle multiple prevention issues with one single contribution.
- The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness best connects you to both immediate and long-term needs of the homeless within our community - needs that grow in difficult times. Your contribution to our Homelessness Partnership Fund can make a significant difference.
- Checks can be made payable to PEH/CFNCR (Partnership to End Homelessness) and mailed to the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH), 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 333, Fairfax, VA, 22035. Or, donate online.
For more information on our Homelessness Partnership Fund, contact Dean Klein, Director of OPEH.
Thank you for helping us reach our goal with the 2013 Jeans Day Fairfax! With your help, we raised more than $32,000 this year; and with our $25,000 match from the Philip L. Graham Fund, we have brought in MORE THAN $57,000 to help Put the ZIP on Homelessness!
We look forward to you joining us in our continued efforts to end homelessness in our community by 2018 and our next Jeans Day 2014. For more information on the event, contact Glynda Mayo Hall.
Share your talents. When you wish to donate goods and services, find out what service providers and people who are homeless could really use. Consider giving clothing that individuals could wear to a job interview, home furnishings that could help a family transition into permanent housing, age-appropriate learning materials for children entering their local school system. Call permanent housing organizations and other homeless service agencies for their respective wish lists, and encourage your family and community to help make those wishes come true.Your organization also can provide in-kind:
- Loaned executives.
- Professional services.
- Sponsorship of a business leader/community engagement event.
- Professional development opportunities for staff.
- Training for nonprofit partners.
For details on how to share your talents and help us end homelessness, contact Glynda Mayo Hall, Business Engagement Manager, with OPEH.
Your time is invaluable. Encourage your employees, collaques and friends to volunteer. Dedicate time and ideas to programs within your community and neighboring areas. We recommend:
- Training homeless individuals for employment.
- Working at a nearby housing organization.
- Registering people who are homeless to vote.
- Organizing or participating in fundraising drives for local service agencies.
- Incorporating your skills to aid in efforts of housing first programs or supportive housing programs.
- Recruiting others to join your efforts.
Visit our nonprofit partner organizations’ websites for specific volunteer opportunities helping people experiencing homelessness or use Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerNow! search engine to find other local opportunities that fit your skills and interests. For general questions, email OPEH.
Find solutions together. Talk to your family, friends, colleagues and community about the causes and solutions to homelessness. Discuss how you can work on related issues such as paying living wages, providing education, accessing health care, stopping domestic violence and increasing the availability of affordable housing.
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