Ending Homelessness Partner Update - April 2013


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Real People ~ Real Results 

58 people who were homeless moved into permanent housing in February 2013. According to Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data, 18 families and 16 single adults moved from emergency shelters and transitional housing programs into more permanent facilities. See larger image 

Also check out the latest quarterly HOST Highlights >> more 

 


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Our Homeless Youth

Last year, homeless shelters in our community served 467 children. In one of the wealthiest counties, is it ever okay for even one young person to be without a safe and stable place to call home?

According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, children experience high rates of chronic, acute health problems while homeless. Additionally, the constant bombardment of stressful and traumatic experiences greatly affects their development and ability to learn.

Why are children homeless?

  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Extreme poverty
  • Decreasing supports
  • Changing demographics of the family
  • Domestic violence

Only through a collaborative approach can we meet the needs of the homeless children in our community. >> more


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Next Steps for 100,000 Homes Fairfax

Registry Week was the first event of its kind in Fairfax County. Over 200 volunteers from local businesses and houses of worship joined partner nonprofits to survey homeless individuals across the community late into the night and into the early morning. Together, they identified the most vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals in our community who are living in local shelters, on the streets and in the woods.

Now that we have identified those who most need our help, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness is moving forward.

We will need your continued support and collaboration as we take these next steps:

  1. Acquire housing and services
  2. Move people into housing  
  3. Keep people in housing

Join us in supporting the 100,000 Homes Fairfax campaign. >> more


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Business Partnerships Further Our Mission

Fairfax County, like the rest of Northern Virginia, is home to some of the most innovative companies in the world. We are fortunate that local businesses understand that community involvement and commitment is an integral part of a strong business strategy. Now more than ever, corporations in our area are smartly interested in partnering with nonprofits and government on key issues that impact their business, their employees and their community.

The business case for ending homelessness is an easy one to make for the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.

Similarly, the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships serves as a point of contact and connector in Fairfax County to facilitate public private partnerships; foster collaboration on resource development; and provide information about current and completed partnerships and best practices.

Through community partnerships, meaningful relationships can be built between people and agencies that help us move closer towards our ultimate goal of preventing and ending homelessness in our community. >> more 


  • Regional HOST meetings on homelessness. >> more       Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness
  • Our Community Partners. >> more
  • HOST Highlights presented on a quarterly basis. >> more





April 10, 2013 - Prepared by the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness and the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-9492, TTY 711. A Fairfax County, Va., publication.

 


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