Strategy: Prevent Homelessness Due to Economics or Disability

Preventing and Ending HomelessnessStrategy #1 Prevent Homelessness Due to Economic Crisis and/or Disability

Fairfax County data suggests single adults become homeless due to disability; families become homeless due to poverty. Preventing homelessness is more cost effective than providing emergency shelter and re-housing a homeless person.

This strategy represents a change in philosophy from crisis intervention to early, focused and sufficient intervention to prevent homelessness.


  • Prevent housing crises by creating Neighborhood Prevention Assistance Teams.

  • Coordinate all community resources to streamline prevention efforts and provide flexible and longer-term financial assistance to keep people housed.

  • Build on the current Coordinated Services Planning model to provide those at risk of becoming homeless with a single access point to universal information and referral.

  • Change policies on distribution of public and private financial resources for an efficient and effective eviction prevention response.

  • Work to end the practice of discharge or release from institutions to homelessness.

Strategy #1: Prevent Homelessness Due to Economic Crisis and/or Disability
Strategy #2: Preserve and Increase Affordable Housing Supply
Strategy #3: Deliver Services to Obtain and Maintain Stable Housing
Strategy #4: Create a Management System and Ensure Accountability


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