Fairfax County Housing Challenge
The Fairfax County Housing Challenge (#ffxhousingchallenge) was created by six local nonprofit partners as a way to challenge their members to find homes for the people in our community who are precariously housed or homeless. Every quarter the group of six will set new, high goals as part of this challenge in an effort to end homelessness.
The challenge is patterned after the successful Rapid Re-Housing Challenge, a project with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the National Alliance to End Homelessness that ended in January 2014 and worked to place as many homeless families as possible in permanent housing in 100 days through rapid re-housing. The Fairfax members of the Rapid Re-Housing Challenge came together to start a more localized version, including FACETS, Cornerstones, Good Shepherd Housing, New Hope Housing, and Shelterhouse. In addition, the group invited Volunteers of America Chesapeake Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter since the Fairfax Housing Challenge will also include outreach to singles.
Rapid re-housing is a proven and cost-effective strategy that has been used by communities across the country to reduce homelessness. From 2010 to 2013, family homelessness in Virginia decreased 17 percent, largely due to rapid re-housing. It involves helping households move into housing as quickly as possible after they enter the shelter system. Families and individuals are housed in market-rate apartments or houses in the community, and receive rental subsidies and/or services that are tailored to their specific needs, including a caseworker to help ease the transition and assist with any problems.
For more information about how the Fairfax County Housing Challenge helps the Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness reach its goal, contact Tom Barnett in the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.
We thank our #ffxhousingchallenge partners