2013 Partnership Highlights Archive
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness is a broad coalition of nonprofits, faith-based communities, philanthropic organizations, businesses, health care organizations, public safety and government agencies, schools and individuals.
Mondloch Place opened its doors for move-in on Sept. 20. New Hope Housing staff and local volunteers have been onsite daily to host and welcome each new resident. Volunteers have been busy at work setting up linens in the bedrooms; dishes, pots, pans and coffee pots in the kitchenette; and plenty more.
All 20 occupants have been leased up and a total of 16 moved in as of Sept. 26. The remaining four will enter within the next few days. The residents are all very excited about this new housing opportunity. Most of them have been homeless for many years. Nearly half of them were counted at the 100,000 Homes Fairfax Registry Week that took place this past February. The volunteers have also been onsite daily to host a “welcome celebration” for every new resident walking through the doors.
It is an exciting time to see so many vulnerable homeless singles have the opportunity to move in to their own apartments in a permanent housing setting with supports to help sustain them in their new homes. Seven months after Registry Week, where dozens of volunteers counted the homeless singles in the woods and on the streets, we are fortunate to have 19 homeless singles moving into housing at Mondloch Place; with 17 more moving into housing throughout Fairfax County and another 15 residents served with newly obtained Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers.On the horizon is 18 new singles housing opportunities from The Continuum of Care Bonus Project awarded to FACETS . We are well on our way to meeting our goal of housing more than 50 homeless singles for our first year of the 100,000 Homes Project!
Initial program registration notice of the 2013 U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program competition was released by HUD on Aug. 23. Our CoC will be seeking renewal funding in the amount of $6,587,692 for existing programs serving those who are homeless and formerly homeless in our community. The first two aspects of the process, the submission of the Grants Inventory Worksheet and the official registration of our CoC, have been completed and we are awaiting the opening of the actual competition which is expected in mid-October.
The notice contained important information, including news that there will be no funds available for new bonus projects this year. Instead, CoCs are encouraged to reallocate funds from existing projects to serve the chronically homeless population. Plans are in place to do so in our CoC.
Once again this year, all renewal projects will have to be placed in two tiers. Those placed in tier two will be at risk of being defunded depending on the total amount of money requested throughout the country. The amount of funding or projects that need to be placed in jeopardy has not yet been communicated by HUD. More details will be available as soon as the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is released. Check with Julie Maltzman, CoC lead manager, for additional information.
Participants posing for Jeans Day Proclamation photo op in Fairfax County Government Board Auditorium, Sept. 24
Dean Klein, OPEH; Anna Smith, Pathway Homes; Jim Corcoran and KayAnn Shoeneman, both with Fairfax Chamber
On Sept. 24, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS) proclaimed Friday, Oct. 18 “Jeans Day Fairfax,” the third annual Jeans Day event in Fairfax County.
Launched in 2011 by the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH), and sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Connections Newspapers and Apple Federal Credit Union, the event is a popular fundraiser for support to end homelessness.
Jeans Day is a relatively simple idea—businesses; county, school and other Northern Virginia employers; and civic, faith and nonprofit organizations go casual for a cause, inviting employees to wear their jeans to work in exchange for a $5 contribution to fight homelessness. There are three easy ways to donate: online, cash or check. All funds raised go directly to the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness.
Register now and donate, then wear jeans for the homeless on Oct. 18 to Put the ZIP on Homelessness. For more information on the event, contact Glynda Mayo Hall, Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.
|Darrell Green, former Washington Redskins Hall of Famer, and son, Jared Green, also an NFL player, join us to Put the Zip on Homelessness|
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness in partnership with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Connections Newspapers and Apple Federal Credit Union is hosting the Third Annual Jeans Day on October 18 to support the people who are homeless in our community. The partnership has been selected to receive a $25,000 Challenge Grant from the Philip L. Graham Fund to support the 3rd Annual Jeans Day. This exciting grant is a challenge to businesses, schools, faith groups and individuals to help us to meet a larger goal of $25,000. When we meet our $25,000 goal, the Phillip L. Graham Fund will provide an additional $25,000. Help us reach our goal of raising a total of $50,000 - we cannot reach this goal without you!
Addressing the needs of people who are homeless, hungry, alone or struggling in this high cost-of-living area requires a long and sustainable investment. Reston Interfaith recently took an important step in its ongoing commitment to expand its outreach to additional groups and supporters. On Aug. 1, Reston Interfaith changed its name to Cornerstones.
The new name allows the organization to be ever more inclusive of its supporters and donors to include businesses, civic and community organizations, foundations and caring individuals who have joined efforts to improve quality of life for all in our community, both in Reston and across the region. As Cornerstones, new partners will be invited to join the ranks of the already committed supporters, to expand capacity to respond to the growing human need in our community.
There’s a lot of hard work ahead. As advocates and partners for positive change on issues that strengthen families and communities, together, we can provide help today for people in need and offer hope for a stronger tomorrow.
Just recently, many from Cornerstones attended the National Conference on Ending Homelessness' "Capitol Hill Day" on July 24 to let members of Congress and their staff know the direct and widespread impacts sequestration cuts have had on its programs and clients. The continued collective efforts of everyone in the community are needed to encourge Congress to fight for restored funding for Section 8 Housing Vouchers in these appropriations bills.
HUD Announces New
On July 31, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the third and final round of grants awarded in the 2012 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program competition. Funding was given to more than 200 homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., as well as nearly 200 grants locally to assist with strategic planning activities.
The Fairfax County CoC was awarded funding for both a new housing project and planning activities. As there are over 500 CoCs across the country, and many of the new projects were reallocations of existing projects and funds, we are among a select group of communities that received funding for a bonus project. This was due to the overall strength of our community’s collaborative application.
The new project’s sponsor is FACETS, who will be providing permanent supportive housing to 18 chronically homeless individuals, adding much needed housing to our current inventory. “We are grateful for this opportunity to expand our permanent supportive housing program and focus on housing 18 people from the 100,000 Homes Campaign,” said Executive Director Amanda Andere. “We are looking forward to partnering with the faith and business community to work with those housed in meeting the goals they have for their life. We know housing is the beginning to a successful future for people who have been homeless in our community for years.”
Tom Barnett, Program Manager at the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH), stated that, “These 18 new housing opportunities are a significant step forward for the campaign in reaching the first annual goal of creating 50 new housing opportunities for the community’s vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals. It is targeted interventions, such as FACETS’ new project, which will enable us to house the 157 vulnerable individuals identified during Registry Week within three years.”
The two previous announcements from HUD included funding for 27 grant renewals from our community. In total, during the 2012 competition our CoC was awarded a total of 29 grants in the amount of $6,587,692. This funding supports a wide-array of programs serving those experiencing homelessness or those who were formerly homeless in Fairfax County.
Front view of Ives House, providing permanent housing to three formerly homeless families.
Back view of historic Ives
On March 25, Shelter House, Inc. launched a new program that provides permanent housing with supports to three families, the Ives House program. The program is run in partnership with Falls Church Presbyterian Church (FCPC), and more than 40 years FCPC has owned Ives House, which is an historic home with six bedrooms, three baths.
The church wanted to use the house for missions and explored various nonprofit partner possibilities before choosing Shelter House as a partner. HomeAid Northern Virginia then took on a $37,000 house renovation project with Van Metre Homes. Renovations included a remodeled kitchen and improvements throughout the interior and exterior.
The Ives House program offers permanent housing and supportive services, including case management, assistance with life skills and support with budgeting. The families moving into the program come from Northern Virginia Coalition (NOVACO), Shelter House’s Katherine Hanley Family Shelter and New Hope Housing’s Next Steps program. The three families are single, working mothers with two children each, and the program will focus on increasing their earnings and self-sufficiency. In addition, FCPC will offer volunteer support, including family mentoring, after-school tutoring, and special projects, in addition to property management.
When Shelter House staff informed one mother that she had been selected for the program, she said, "Now I can sleep at night!"
If you or your group, association, faith community, etc. are interested in supporting Ives House in any way or have further questions, please contact Laura Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Support opportunities range from making designated donations to the program, to joining in volunteer tutoring or mentoring.
The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce first hosted Jeans Day for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2011, and today they continue to sponsor this successful event in partnership with Connection Newspapers and Apple Federal Credit Union. The annual Jeans Day event - this year on Oct. 18 - helps to raise awareness and funds for homeless persons in our community. The Chamber encourages businesses; county, school, and other Northern Virginia employers; and civic, faith and nonprofit organizations to allow their employees and members to donate $5 and wear jeans on Oct. 18 to Put the ZIP on Homelessness.
Here’s a brief timeline of activities and happenings to come:
September 18 – Jeans Day 2013 Launch
- Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Meeting
- Press release announcing Jeans Day 2013
- Blast email sent to Northern Virginia
- September 24 – The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaim October 18 as Jeans Day 2013. Join us at the regular meeting of the board at 9:30 a.m. in the board auditorium.
- September 26; October 3, 10, 18 – Announcements of participating companies
- October 24 – Official list of all participating companies will be announced on the Fairfax Chamber website. Chamber will collect photos of employees in jeans from participating companies and send a Jeans Day email to Chamber distribution list, share photos via a Flicker photo gallery and distribute to media.
On Oct. 18, we invite you, your employees and members to wear jeans to support the Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness that’s active and engaged in the 100,000 Homes Fairfax campaign and the Community Challenge.
Sekas Joins Governing Board on Homelessness
The Governing Board of the Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness welcomes new board member John Paul Sekas. As owner and president of Sekas Homes, Ltd., he’s been busy constructing and developing residential homes on individual homes sites and in new neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County. He previously served as the construction manager for NV Properties and Winchester Homes. His involvement in helping schools with various construction projects include the new James Madison High School outdoor bathrooms and snack bar. He’s an active member of the United Methodist Church, building parsonages and various construction projects; constructing sidewalks and trails in the community; and serves as a sponsor for the Hungry Kids program. Sekas holds a B.S. in civil engineering and a Masters of Science in construction management. His interests include coaching basketball and soccer, outdoor sports and traveling.
Consumer Advisory Council
The Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) has much to celebrate. The group, comprised of persons who are homeless or formerly homeless, recently marked some significant milestones, including their first anniversary and the election of their first officers this past May: Jeff Lisanick, Chairman; Anika Sallins, Vice Chairman; and Keith Bender, Secretary. In July, Lisanick will attend his first Governing Board of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership meeting where he will now sit as a member of the Governing Board.
The CAC is working on exciting initiatives. They are in the process of developing their first set of by-laws. Also, they are working with the Advocacy Committee to craft letters and testimony in support of an upcoming zoning amendment on residential studios. We asked each of our new officers to share their thoughts about the CAC. Here’s what they have to share:
"Being on the CAC renders to me a tangible way to give back for the help I received during my time of need. Being a CAC Officer affords me an additional way to serve and is thus both humbling and gratifying. I am truly thankful.” ~ Jeff Lisanick, Chairman
“As a CAC officer, I welcome the opportunity to help provide assistance to families that are in need of housing. My goal is to strengthen the Fairfax/Falls Church community with education to encourage adults to be self-efficient, and hopefully aim to break the cycle with the next generation.” ~ Anika Sallins, Vice Chairman
"Affordable housing has to be the highest priority and the CAC is committed to advocating strongly for it. At the head of the line, include single family residential studio combinations that meet FHA Single Family Financing Standards and criteria for 1,2,3 and 4 unit single family lending. That is the simplest way to actually engage the public in providing 'subsidized housing' under the wise guidance of our county staff." ~ Keith Bender, Secretary
The “100,000 Homes Fairfax” campaign kicked off in late February 2013 with a week-long effort to identify and survey the most vulnerable, chronically homeless individuals in our community. Volunteer surveyors heard powerful stories of perseverance and dignity in the face of overwhelming adversity. Many of those individuals who were surveyed had been homeless for many years, hidden from plain sight while camping in the woods; sleeping in their cars or crowded in winter shelters. Most were in need of appropriate, safe and affordable housing options.
One of the most surprising facts discovered was that nearly half of the individuals surveyed were working but still could not escape homelessness. Limited skills and experience, coupled with the isolation of homelessness, meant they had limited opportunities to find jobs that paid a living wage. Many also struggled with chronic health issues, mental illness and substance abuse. These chronically homeless, vulnerable individuals face the most complex challenges, but there are solutions.
A Better Answer
Most communities across the United States have realized that traditional solutions to homelessness are inadequate. Despite the best of intentions and significant committed resources, traditional solutions relied on simply sheltering people who are homeless. Many communities took an innovative approach and, as a result, have seen the number of people on the streets plummet to numbers not seen in decades.
Evidence indicates that “supportive housing” is a better answer to the question of how to end chronic homelessness in America. Affordable housing, paired with supportive services, has been shown to help people with the most complex challenges live more stable, productive lives. Supportive housing means that individuals obtain housing earlier, get the help they need and remain stably housed, while also reporting a higher degree of perceived choice. This solution has been shown to be so cost-effective that it has gained bipartisan political support within the 2009 Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) act and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness’ Opening Doors Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010. Our own 10-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2008, recognizes the need for supportive housing as part of the solution in our community.
Mondloch Place will offer 20 fully furnished efficiency rental units with onsite supportive services operated by New Hope Housing to formerly homeless individuals. Constructed under existing zoning, the facility is being rehabilitated under the leadership of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) with the first of its tenants expected to move into the facility in the fall. The new residents can expect to find a very supportive environment where it is expected that they will pursue greater self-sufficiency through job training, life skills training, healthcare and case management.
Mondloch Place will be the first of its kind in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. Residences like Mondloch Place expand affordable housing opportunities to individuals at the lowest end of the economic spectrum and those with the greatest need. Years in the making, it has taken a collaborative approach between nonprofits and local government, along with strong political leadership, to bring Mondloch Place to life. Its creation is a big step forward in reaching the goals established in our community’s 10-Year Plan. Its success in ending homelessness for the chronically homeless and most vulnerable will serve as a model for years to come.
Save the Date: Jeans Day
The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, Connection Newspapers and Apple Federal Credit Union to present Jeans Day 2013 on Oct. 18 to Put the ZIP on Homelessness. In the spirit of preventing and ending homelessness, public and private employers, civic and faith organizations, county and school employees as well as other organizations across Northern Virginia will allow employees, students and members to wear jeans in exchange for a $5 donation to the Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness. Join the Fairfax-Falls Church community and Put the ZIP on Homelessness by wearing jeans to work, school, meetings and faith services on Oct. 18.
In addition, please join us for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Jeans Day 2013 Proclamation on Sept. 24 starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Auditorium located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.
The Governing Board of the Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness welcomes new board member Mary Keeser, founder and chairman of America’s Adopt A Soldier, an organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our service members, homeless veterans, veterans and their families. Keeser is a former U.S. Army officer who also served in key executive positions with Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton and SRA Corporation. She later launched a government consulting firm, KEMSS, LLC, a woman owned-service disabled veteran small business (WO-SDVOSB). As a fifth-generation military service member, she supports multiple diversity and volunteer initiatives for military service members, veterans and their families. She’s an active board member for the America’s Freedom Foundation and is an active volunteer for National Guard Family Readiness Group; a past board member of the National Guard Association of United States Corporate Advisory Panel, the National Guard Bureau Alumni Association Executive Board (NGBAA), and SRA International - Volunteer of the Year. Keeser is the recipient of two Patriotic Civilian Service Awards and holds a Presidential Appointment as an active S.S. Board Member.
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 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 Partnership to continue its important work. It is this same work that helped the number of homeless in Fairfax County decrease significantly since 2007.
At this year’s budget public hearings, more than 120 speakers and groups presented passionate pleas on a variety of topics and issues relevant to our community. Among those speakers were Michael O’Reilly, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness; Kris Amundson, Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Governing Board; and two Consumer Advisory Council members, Jeff Lisanick and Peaches Pearson. The theme of their testimonies was to ask that the BOS continue our effort to prevent and end homelessness and support employment training and services because after affordable housing, employment and earning a living wage are the most critical factors in the homeless’ ability to obtain and maintain housing. View this powerful testimony by proceeding to the 2:59 mark. The testimony was very effective and the BOS found the testimony of Jeff and Peaches to be particularly moving. Moreover, their comments and stories made a difference. The BOS adopted the FY14 budget on April 30, 2013, which includes $200,000 of new funding for employment and training services.
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 (HUD).
HUD recently released the FCRHA’s scores for the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, which found that the FCRHA is a “High Performer” in the management of its 1,060 federal Public Housing units. The FCRHA received a PHAS score of 94 out of a possible 100, including a perfect score for financial management. The assessment looks at the physical condition of the properties, the financial management of the program, and management operations.
“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.”
FCRHA-owned housing is managed and maintained by the staff of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development.
The Business Case for Zipping
An identified priority by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, homelessness is an issue that directly affects the business community in Fairfax County. It’s also an issue that needs the attention and support of the private sector to be solved.
Over the past decades, our county has enjoyed so much growth and success that it is the envy of locales across the country and the globe. Northern Virginia and Fairfax County are home to some of the most innovative companies in the world, and we’re fortunate that companies understand that community involvement and commitment is also part of a strong business strategy. Businesses in Northern Virginia and elsewhere are now, more than ever, smartly interested in partnering with nonprofits and government on the key issues that impact their business, their employees and their community.
The business case for ending homelessness is an easy one to make. Homelessness impacts companies in Northern Virginia directly and it shows in the numbers. Close to 58% of adults in homeless families are working. It’s pretty startling to think that the face of homelessness could actually be the face of one of our own employees. How can you come to work and be a high performer without a roof over your head?
The question of who will grow into corporate and community leadership roles also continues to be an important one for the private sector. Developing leadership and top talent is of paramount importance to businesses. Twenty-three percent of the county’s homeless population is between the ages of 18 and 34. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to advance personally or professionally while lacking a basic human need.
|Jim Corcoran, president and CEO, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce|
The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, being a community with a heavy footprint in the government contracting sector, consistently hears from government contractors and other companies, which employ significant numbers of veterans, that this is a constituency they are passionate about supporting. Ten percent of homeless persons in Fairfax County have served in the United States Armed Services.
For these reasons and many others, the Fairfax Chamber, representing 650 companies and nearly 500,000 jobs across Northern Virginia, is proud to partner with Fairfax County on its mission to end homelessness.
This marks the third year of partnership between the Chamber, the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH), The Connection Newspapers and our member Apple Federal Credit Union on the Jeans Day initiative to “Put the ZIP on Homelessness.”
Jeans Day is a county-wide day of awareness and fundraising around this central issue. For the cost of a fast food lunch ($5.00), employees – whether private sector, government or nonprofit – wear their jeans with a message. For that day, we stand united – admittedly rather casually – in our support of ensuring each person in our county has permanent shelter. Last year, more than 120 employers with nearly 10,000 employees participated in this growing initiative.
As one of the Fairfax Chamber’s Board members and Governing Board member of the county’s homeless initiative, Kathy Albarado, president and CEO of Helios HR, recently put it, we should “refuse to accept that even one person should be homeless in our county.”
To help make this objective a reality, we invite you to participate in the annual Jeans Day event, which will be celebrated on Friday, October 18 this year. Your business will have the opportunity to make a difference in solving a priority community issue with clear business ties. Not only that, but wearing jeans to the office is an easy engagement opportunity for your employees who are in survey after survey saying they want to be employed by businesses that give back. Get involved now by contacting OPEH at 703-324-9492, TTY: 711, or send an email and stay tuned for a fun community-wide engagement opportunity in conjunction with Jeans Day this fall.
If you’re interested in peer-to-peer thought leadership on aligning corporate responsibility with business strategy, check out the Chamber’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group. Contact Erin DeWaters for more information.
Connecting Private Sector Interests with
County Initiatives and Nonprofits
The Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3) connects private sector interests with county initiatives and nonprofit needs, especially finding ways for companies and civic groups to make an impact as corporate citizens of Fairfax County. Partnerships are occurring throughout Fairfax County, and there are partnership developers and project managers in many agencies. OP3 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 the Grants Research and Training Center, OP3 offers access to the databases and tools of the Foundation Center, as well as reviewing and coaching on grant applications that support county priorities.
OP3 teamed up with OPEH and the Governing Board of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness to identify and reach out to companies about the various ways they can support, contribute and get involved in the Community Challenge to End Homelessness. In addition, OP3 recruited 20 new businesses and organizations to “Put A Zip on Homelessness” for Jeans Day 2012, and has already started strategizing with OPEH, the Fairfax County Chamber and Apple Federal Credit Union on Jeans Day 2013 set for Friday, October 18.
OP3 recruited volunteers and resources to support the 100,000 Homes Fairfax Registry Week in February, including a team of professional photographers that captured the many moving images and faces of homelessness here in our community. The team’s images and interviews were featured in a video which was shared at the 100K Homes Community Debriefing on March 4. Throughout the year, OP3 highlights ways that the business community can give and get involved. OP3 connects business and nonprofit interests as members of eight Chambers of Commerce throughout Fairfax County; through the 12 Ways to Give holiday season campaign; and in ongoing collaborative nonprofit resource development initiatives including:
- Collect for Kids school supply drive
- Stuff the Bus Food Drive at local groceries stores
- Fairfax County Restoration Project and their work on environmental sustainability
OP3 works closely with the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Business and Community Partnerships to promote the Give Me Five! Campaign to businesses referred by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. Together with FCPS, we honor our partners at the annual Celebrate Partnerships Awards event. At the 2012 Celebrate Partnerships event, OPEH partners (the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Connection Newspapers and Helios HR) won three of the six awards for their contributions to prevent and end homelessness. OP3 is proud to contribute to the important work of the Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness.
Honoring Bill Macmillan for his
William “Bill” K. Macmillan, Continuum of Care lead manager for the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH), will be retiring on March 22. His work has been monumental throughout the community and within Fairfax County Government for 35 years where he has held key positions in OPEH (2010-2013), the Department of Systems Management for Human Services (2000-2009), the Department of Housing and Community Development (1990-2000) and the Department of Social Services (1978-1990).
In 2009, Macmillan was nominated for the A. Heath Onthank Award for Merit, which is the highest honor the county awards to an employee for accomplishments of outstanding worth, which Macmillan certainly exhibits. Macmillan currently coordinates the significant and impactful Continuum of Care process, which involves the partnership's community application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Due to his leadership and guidance, the Fairfax-Falls Church community has benefitted from additional federal resources and many new programs to support critical homeless programs. He has a determined keenness and is always willing to do whatever it takes to ensure we submit a high-quality application. His commitment to manage such a complicated and significant effort is always admired by all who participate in this process.
“Bill exemplifies the true meaning of public servant. He cares deeply; he believes his role is one of collaborative support; he has a wealth of knowledge which he willingly shares; and his attention to and retention of detail is mindboggling,” said New Hope Housing Executive Director Pam Michell. “No matter what I ask or when I ask, Bill is quick to respond and goes out of his way to find the answers. The Fairfax-Falls Church Community has come a long way in ending homelessness thanks to the dedication of Bill.”
In addition, Macmillan has overseen the annual Point-in-Time Count of people who are homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. This enormous effort has required Macmillan to work effectively and collaboratively with a large number of nonprofit organizations, county organizations, the Council of Governments and other key stakeholders to encourage their involvement and to help explain the results of this very visible and important annual count.
Macmillan is a tremendously committed professional who always strives to achieve the best possible product and/or outcome for whatever project or effort he is focused on. He has truly helped to ensure that our overall effort to prevent and end homelessness took root, specifically with his work to help develop the 10-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and the related implementation documents.
“I enjoyed working with Bill, he was always my sounding board. As we [in OPEH] developed the first data for the community snapshot, Bill and I worked many hours together and he always validated my data against all of his knowledge to make sure it was sound and it made sense. [I] couldn’t have done it without him!” said Monica Foote, human services operations manager for the Administration for Human Service, and former OPEH information systems manager.
Macmillan's focus on detail and commitment to ensure high-quality results sets a high bar for his colleagues, and ensures that we are always putting our best foot forward.
“For 20 years, Bill has been one of the most critical people at the county “behind the scenes,” whose work has had a profound impact on the growth and development of Pathway Homes," writes Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, Pathway Homes' president and CEO, on behalf of her entire team. "Pathways has always maintained an extensive and valued partnership with Fairfax County, and Bill has been the central point of contact and linkage to our creative and innovative public/private partnership involving HUD, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.” She adds, “Bill's integrity, professionalism and humility is beyond compare, and though he has worked so long and so hard from his office “behind the scenes,” it is hoped that he will pause to reflect and feel the rightful ownership he shares in creating miracles of housing and positively impacting the lives of so many of our most disadvantaged citizens.”
OPEH Director Dean Klein said, “Bill has so many unique skills and qualities which the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness and our entire Partnership has benefitted from during his tenure. The most special is his integrity, his kindness and commitment towards excellence in everything he does. Anyone Bill interacts with and works with has the utmost respect and admiration for him, as do I.”
OPEH’s Julie Maltzman has been working alongside Macmillan for the last few months to help the transition of this significant role go smoothly. She came to us with a tremendous amount of experience following her direction of eight shelters and housing programs with over 120 staff. She last served as deputy director at the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless and previously served as director of Interfaith Clothing Centers and Furniture Exchange at Interfaith Works (formerly Community Ministry of Montgomery County). The OPEH team is delighted to have her, and to benefit from her leadership as the Partnership moves forward.
CoC Homeless Assistance Grant
On Jan. 18, the annual Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Grant applications were submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This included an enhanced application on behalf of the entire CoC including reporting on outcomes and progress, as well as an extensive section on strategic planning and direction. Included in the applications were 29 individual projects: 27 renewals; one new grant to serve 18 individuals in Permanent Supportive Housing; and a small planning grant to assist with bringing our CoC into compliance with all the new Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) regulations. The new project, sponsored by FACETS, has committed to house chronically homeless individuals identified as among the most vulnerable during this month's 100,000 Homes Fairfax Registry Week survey. If successful, our CoC will receive grants totaling more than $6 million.
Announcement of the awards for the renewal projects should be made by mid-March. Notice of the new project awards should follow in the spring of 2013. For more information, contact Bill Macmillan or Julie Maltzman.
Point-in-Time Count Conducted on
The annual Point-in-Time Count of homeless persons in the community was conducted on Jan. 30. More than 90 staff members from public and private homeless service providers received training on collecting data for the count at three training sessions conducted throughout the county. In addition, various data entry and quality trainings were provided online. This year the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness developed a new system of data collection and entry for those programs not reporting their data in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), although we project that 75 percent of data will come from HMIS.
All homeless service providers, including street outreach, drop-in centers, shelters, transitional housing and others working with homeless persons, are providing information on their clients. Additionally, providers of Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Supportive Housing will also report data, including inventory and bed usage, as every CoC in the country is required to report to HUD on the range of housing in their community. The reports will be reviewed, compiled and analyzed over the next two months and will provide data for HUD, the Regional Enumeration and other local reports that will be issued later in the spring. Contact Bill Macmillan or Julie Maltzman for information or questions on the Point-in-Time Count. View 2012 Point-in-Time Count.
Helping Our Neighbors
Find Their Way Home
The Advocacy Committee of the Governing Board of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership has finished production of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) entitled Helping Our Neighbors Find Their Way Home. It has powerful images and a strong message regarding ending homelessness in our community. With the exception of two images, the photos are of people from our programs, so Helping Our Neighbors Find Their Way Home is truly authentic.
The PSA was the result of a strong collaborative effort with our nonprofit partners and was purposely created so that it could be used for many audiences in a variety of ways, including community education; fundraising; and getting people to volunteer and/or become involved with organizations that help the homeless in our community. Whatever the audience, this PSA provides a strong message that raises awareness and ultimately encourages the viewer to take action.
Kris Amundson, Governing Board member and chair of the Advocacy Committee, and Kathy Albarado, Governing Board member, were driving forces in the creation of this powerful piece. They were committed to raising awareness regarding some of the critical and complex issues related to homelessness. Often, there is a stereotype associated with being homeless. Many assume that the homeless live on the streets or in shelters, and are unemployed. While true for some of the homeless population in Fairfax County, it is not true for many. In fact, many homeless individuals are working, but the cost of housing is prohibitive for them. This emphasizes the reality of how critical affordable housing is in reaching the goals in our 10-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Helping Our Neighbors Find Their Way Home helps the viewer realize that they may know someone who is homeless and not even be aware of it.
Please use this dynamic tool to share information about our collective work and to assist us as we continue to prevent and end homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church community.
Governing Board on Homelessness Adds
Three New Members
The Governing Board of the Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness welcomes new board members Mary Kimm, editor and publisher, Connection Newspapers; David L. Meyer, council member with the City of Fairfax; and Captain Stacey Kincaid, Fairfax County Sheriff's Office.
Editor and Publisher
Mary Kimm is editor and publisher of the Connection Newspapers, a group of 15 weekly newspapers serving communities in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. The papers have won hundreds of press awards for investigative reporting, public service, editorial writing, news, election coverage, projects, features, sports, design, photography and more during Kimm's tenure, all in an ever-tightening economic environment. She has worked at the Connection in a variety of roles since 1989. Winner of multiple first-place awards in editorial writing and public service, Kimm also serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Washington/Fairfax area, the Board of Directors of the Media in Democracy Institute and numerous community organizations. She has also worked in banking, real estate and education. Kimm holds degrees in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she is the mother of two PhD scientists.
David L. Meyer
City of Fairfax
Fairfax County Sheriff's Offiice
David L. Meyer is serving his third term on the City Council. Meyer, a city resident for 32 years, has served on the board of directors of Historic Fairfax City, Inc. and is a co-author of the book Fairfax, Virginia: A City Traveling Through Time. He was a member of the Livable City Task Force and the City of Fairfax Bicentennial Committee, as well as president of the Old Lee Hills Civic Association. He was on the design committee for Daniels Run Elementary School and served as president of the Fairfax High School PTSA. Meyer is currently serving as co-chair of the City of Fairfax Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. He is an assistant scout master for Boy Scout Troop 187, and has actively supported the Appalachia Service Project and the Fairfax Police Youth Club. He is a member of Fairfax United Methodist Church. In addition, the Old Lee Hills resident is a senior executive for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission who earned a B.A. in political science from Randolph-Macon College and an M.P.A. from American University. He and his wife Cindy have two children.
Captain Stacey Kincaid has been a deputy sheriff with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years. She has worked in all areas of the agency, including operations, administration and community relations. In 2008 she received the agency’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, and prior to this in 2007, the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized Kincaid for her community service leadership as the team lead for the Susan G. Koman “Race for the Cure.” By building relationships both internal and external to the agency, she has been instrumental in obtaining grants and corporate/private donations to help fund the community outreach programs offered by the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, Kincaid served a key role in the development and growth of the Shop with a Sheriff program, which annually funds back-to-school shopping for children who temporarily reside in the county’s homeless shelters. A graduate from Frostburg State College in 1987 with a B.S. degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice, Kincaid’s summer internship at the Sheriff’s Office sparked her interest in a career as a deputy sheriff.
Continuum of Care Grants to be
Submitted by Jan. 18
The November 2012 edition of Partner Update described the annual U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) grant application process that began with the release of the Notice of Funding Availability by HUD on Nov. 9, 2012. The process is more complex this year than in prior years. Due to a shortfall of $60 million in funding nationally for this program, HUD has required that all projects be ranked, and the lower ranked projects may not be awarded funding. The total amount needed for 27 renewal applications for the Fairfax-Falls Church CoC is $6,436,919. However, approximately $225,292 is at risk of not being funded if HUD does not identify additional funding for this process. Additionally, the CoC Committee of the Governing Board of the Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness met on Dec. 11, 2012 to hear two proposals for a potential new permanent supportive housing project. Both proposals were well received, but there is only enough potential funding for one new project and the proposal submitted by FACETS was given preference to be included in the overall CoC application. If successful, the project would receive $287,359 in HUD funding.
All project applications were submitted 30 days in advance of the final due date of Jan. 18, complying with HUD instructions. The process of ranking all of the projects, including the new project proposal and a special, one-year planning grant authorized by HUD, is being done by a special committee of citizens who are reviewing information about each project and meeting the week of Jan. 7 to complete the process. All of the projects identified to be included will be submitted by Jan. 18 as part of the overall community application.
HUD has indicated that award announcements for renewal applications should be made within 45 days, but it may take two to four months (or more) before decisions are made by HUD on the new project applications submitted. Funding for new projects is highly competitive, since there are nearly 500 Continuums of Care nationally that could be applying for a limited amount of funding.
For additional information about the CoC application process please visit HUD's CoC Program NOFA webpage. For more specifics about the local process, please contact Bill Macmillan or Julie Maltzman in the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.
Annual Point-in-Time Count ~ Jan.
The annual Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons will be conducted on Jan. 30. It is expected that all homeless providers will participate in the count, and information will also be collected through homeless outreach workers. Most providers will utilize data entered into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), though a separate data entry process using a new online application is planned for providers that are not able to enter data through HMIS. Several training sessions are being planned for the week of January 22-25 to prepare providers for the count, including changes directed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or agreed upon through the Regional Homeless Services Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The information gathered will be compiled and analyzed during February and March, with a report on the results expected by mid-April. Contact Bill Macmillan or Julie Maltzman for information or questions on the Point-in-Time Count. View 2012 Point-in-Time Count.