Ending Homelessness Partner Update ~ May 2013


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Point-in-Time Data 2007-2013

Point-in-Time Results 

On Jan. 30, 2013, there were 1,350 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community. 603 of them were single individuals and 747 were people in families. The good news is that during the past year, the count of people experiencing homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community declined by 12 percent (184 people) from the number counted in January 2012.  >> more 

As is evidenced in the chart above, the overall reduction in people experiencing homeless from 2007 to 2013 is 26 percent. See larger image 

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Boardroom

Powerful Presence and Testimonies at Budget Public Hearings

As we are all aware, recovery from tough economic times during the past several years has been slow. While we are fortunate in the National Capital Region to have experienced a faster recovery than other areas, we are still experiencing significant economic challenges. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS) and county executive had to face one such challenge as they developed the Fiscal Year 2014 budget for the county. With projected shortfalls in excess of $100M in FY14 and FY15, difficult choices had to be made.

The homeless population is particularly vulnerable during challenging economic times. The Fairfax-Fall Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, including nonprofits, county agencies, faith communities, businesses and homeless consumers, wanted to convey a strong message to the BOS that emphasized allowing the Community Partnership to continue its important work. We know that the Partnership's work is making a difference as evidenced by the significant decrease in the number of homeless in Fairfax County since 2007. >> more

Housing Units

County Housing Authority Scores as a High Performing Agency

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) is an active member of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, and helps identify homes for many of our most vulnerable neighbors. The agency also provides self-sufficiency programs as part of its Bridging Affordability initiative, to help those who were homeless move along the path from homelessness to permanently housed. We are now honored to announce that the FCRHA is ranked among the best of the nation’s more than 3,000 housing authorities, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“We are proud to once again be recognized for our commitment to maintaining a high standard for our residents,” said FCRHA Chairman Elisabeth Lardner (Mount Vernon District). “The FCRHA will continue to strive for excellence for both its residents and programs.” >> more

young man

OAR of Fairfax Helping to Rebuild Lives and Break Cycle of Crime

Allen was recently released from jail. He didn’t have a place to stay. He didn’t have a job, nor money or other resources. Allen had been in and out of jail for most of his 28 years. His relationship with family was strained and he could not ask them for support again. In addition, all local homeless shelters were full. The upcoming days and weeks were going to be very difficult as he had no place to go. 

OAR of Fairfax is a nonprofit organization with a mission to rebuild lives and break the cycle of crime by employing opportunities, alternatives and resources for offenders and their families to create a safer community. It serves clients like Allen every day. Without support, many ex-offenders in Allen’s position return to crime because they simply don’t see any other opportunity. OAR services can provide the support that is necessary as ex-offenders transition to a self-sufficient crime-free life. >> more 

  • HMIS trainings scheduled for May and beyond. >> more       Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness
  • Regional HOST meetings on homelessness. >> more
  • Our Community Partners. >> more

May 15, 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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