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.
Count Results Document Continued Decline in Homelessness
In compliance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandate that each jurisdiction enumerate people experiencing homelessness in their community annually during the last 10 days of January, Fairfax County conducted a Point-in-Time (PIT) count on Jan. 29, 2014. The Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) has announced that this year’s results documented a continued decrease in homelessness recorded over the past few years. On the night of Jan. 29 there were 1,225 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. This represents a nine percent reduction from the number counted in January 2013, or 125 less people. View details on the results of the PIT count.
OPEH staff offers their sincere thanks to all the nonprofit, government and volunteer homeless services providers who worked diligently to produce the data that comprises this report. It truly is a community effort! For more information contact Julie Maltzman.
New Inmate Discharge Policy
Facilitates Better Access to Needed Services
The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office has traditionally released inmates at 12:01 a.m. on the day their respective sentences are complete. Therefore, an inmate serves only one minute on the last day of his or her incarceration. While this “early release” policy may seem like a gift, in practice it complicates life for many inmates and the community. Inmates who are homeless are put out on the street in the dark of night with no safe place to go. Families with small children or the elderly have difficulty doing a midnight pickup. Public transportation is limited or unavailable. Inmates who need medical or mental health treatment may have to wait several hours for doors to open.
Sheriff Stacey Kincaid established a new policy, effective March 4, that changes the inmate release time to 8 a.m., a time when resources and services are more readily available. The goal is to provide inmates with the best opportunity to safely and productively re-enter our community.
"I applaud the policy change that will now alter the inmate release time for those being discharged from jail in our community," said Dean Klein, director of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. "This change will have very positive impact on our collective ability to thoughtfully plan and to ensure that no one being discharged will end up with nowhere to go and thus end up homeless or in a single homeless shelter. I really appreciate this more thoughtful policy that will have far reaching impact on individuals and programs in our community."
Pathway Homes Received
Governor's Award for 2013
Best Housing Program
For the second time in six years Pathway Homes received the Governor’s Award for Best Housing Program or Service. The award was presented at Virginia’s 2013 Governor’s Housing Conference on November 21, 2013.
The Governor’s office selects the organization that best demonstrates innovative and creative solutions to providing services and/or assistance to citizens in need of help in meeting any aspect of housing need. Learn more.
CoC HUD 2013 CoC
Program Competition Funding Update
Fairfax County’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Application was submitted to HUD on Jan. 29. It included the Collaborative Application as well as 29 project applications requesting funding in the amount of $6,624,848. Once again HUD mandated that all projects be ranked and placed in two tiers. HUD has indicated that due to sequestration there is a real possibility that there will be insufficient funding for all Tier 2 projects countrywide.
Our Tier 1 contained 25 renewal projects, two new Permanent Supportive Housing projects created through reallocation and one planning project. Tier 2 contained one Transitional Housing renewal project.
We are excited to share that on April 8, HUD announced that due to the strength of our community and project applications all of our community’s Tier 1 applications were funded. This includes all of our 18 Permanent Supportive Housing grant renewals, one Safe Haven and six Transitional Housing projects for a total of $5,798,603. All permanent housing projects were awarded a small amount of additional funding due to the increase in the local Fair Market Rate. Transitional housing and safe havens were not awarded increased funding.
Additionally, HUD has not yet announced awards for new Tier 1 projects, planning projects or projects in Tier 2; they should be publicized over the next few months. For more information contact Julie Maltzman.