Breaking News ~ 2011

Dec. 20

Continuum of Care Grant Renewals Announced

All 2011 Continuum of Care (CoC) Renewal applications have been conditionally awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Fairfax-Falls Church CoC was awarded a total of $5,670,988, which includes $4,088,884 for 21 Supportive Housing Renewals and $1,582,104 for four Shelter Plus Care projects. The 25 renewal projects have start dates throughout calendar year 2012. All of the requested amounts were awarded, with a small increase as required by HUD formula for Shelter Plus Care. An announcement on new project awards (bonus project) is expected sometime in the spring of 2012.

Many thanks to the Governing Board of the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness’ CoC committee, as well as others who supported this huge application process. Special thanks to Bill Macmillan with the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness for his outstanding work again this year.

June 29

Fairfax Fares Well in National Homeless Pilot

The Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness participated in a pilot of the Ending Homelessness Benchmarking Tool developed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH). Fairfax County was one of just two jurisdictions nationwide that piloted the tool. 

The Partnership's accomplishments in the past two years have the county poised to be a national leader in the performance measures to be collected by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act that will be implemented in the near future. The benchmarking tool will help prepare the community for the significant changes related to HEARTH; recognize the great work that has already been done; and strategically re-align and target resources as Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) funds are fully exhausted and as the HEARTH Act is implemented.

May 26

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OPEH Receives Best Government Housing Initiative Award 

Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) has received the Best Government Housing Initiative Award from Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND).

Each year, HAND recognizes the finest in housing related projects, programs and organizations in Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

The award was presented to Dean Klein, director of OPEH, and Pat Harrison, deputy county executive, Fairfax County, at HAND’s 20th  Anniversary Annual Meeting and awards luncheon on May 26. The event brought together more than 1,000 leading housing professionals from the region.

OPEH was one of eight award recipients to receive recognition at this dynamic event that included remarks from Mayor Vincent Gray, District of Columbia, and an interesting expo that showcased many of the award recipient organizations and leading housing organizations from the region.

May 11

VOAC Receives Grant to Combat Chronic Homelessness

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $306,000 Continuum of Care grant to Volunteers of America Chesapeake (VOAC) to help people who are chronically homeless at the Baileys Crossroads Community Shelter. These funds will provide for seven units of permanent supportive housing with case management services for 14 men and women who are battling chronic homelessness and mental disabilities.

Feb. 18  

Freddie Mac Foundation Awards $150,000 to Help End Homelessness

Thanks to a generous grant from the Freddie Mac Foundation secured by the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH), the housing location services in our community will get a significant boost. Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, which coordinates the Housing Locator Network, will be utilizing this grant to hire two new housing locators this month. These housing locators will work with seven emergency and transitional housing programs that currently do not have access to housing location services. It is estimated that over the next year, their knowledge, skills and experience will expedite the move of more than 135 families and individuals who are homeless back into permanent housing.

Jan. 28  

Continuum of Care Grant Renewals Announced

On Jan. 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the renewal awards from the 2010 Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Grant process. All 26 of the renewal applications submitted by organizations in the Fairfax-Falls Church community were awarded funding. The total renewal funding awarded was $5,318,017. One new grant proposal is still under review, but the new grant awards are not expected for several months. Three members of the Governing Board of the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, which included Chairman Mike O’Reilly, Barry Schwarz, and Kathy Albarado, served on the CoC Committee along with Deputy County Executive Pat Harrison and Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) Director Dean Klein. They reviewed two new grant proposals and selected the application to be submitted to HUD. The renewal awards provide continued funding for the next year for the existing programs that are funded through the HUD CoC grant process. For additional information, please contact Bill Macmillan.

Jan. 13  

Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion Foundation Grants $1M to Shelters and Housing Assistance Programs

One of the nation’s largest energy producers, Dominion Virginia Power, is giving more than $1 million in grants to organizations that provide shelter or housing assistance for the homeless and others in need. These grants will benefit many organizations in 14 states. Of the total donation, the Dominion Foundation awarded $118,000 to 16 organizations in Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Fauquier, Loudoun, and in Prince William Counties.

On Dec. 9, 2010 Dominion Virginia Power and the Dominion Foundation awarded the Reston Interfaith Housing Corporation a grant of $25,000 for weatherization improvements to 11 townhomes located in Herndon and the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. In addition, 40 Dominion employees volunteered to weatherize the shelter and townhomes. Dominion also made grants to other nonprofits in Fairfax County including Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services and Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS)/SERVE. These grants cover the costs of weatherization work on shelters and other housing for the homeless and include such improvements as attic insulation, duct sealing, window frame sealing, floor-at-wall sealing, replacing door weather strips, insulating switch and receptacle cavities, and replacing old thermostats with new programmable models. Reston Interfaith also joins United Community Ministries and the Salvation Army as an EnergyShare partner with Dominion, and will have utilities assistance resources for county residents in need this winter and summer.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Dominion to weatherize our transitional townhouses and the shelter,” said Kerrie Wilson, CEO of Reston Interfaith. “Dominion’s generous contribution will make these homes more comfortable and help residents realize the lifelong benefits of lower energy costs.”

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