Supervisors Endorse Plan to End Homelessness
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010
Oct. 20, 2005
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Endorses New Initiative to End Homelessness in 10 Years
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Monday strongly endorsed the creation of a new strategic plan to end homelessness in the county within 10 years. To focus public and private attention on the issue, the board also directed that a summit be held in the near future.
The plan, which is being developed with broad public input by the county’s Council on Homelessness, will be delivered to the board for approval next summer. Consistent with national efforts to end homelessness, the plan will be the county’s first comprehensive strategy to end homelessness. It will emphasize prevention and intervention as the solution, as well as ways to provide housing and social services.
Besides pushing for a strategic plan, the board has pursued the preservation of affordable housing stock, including setting aside one cent of the county’s real estate tax for this purpose. Affordable housing is one of the board’s top six identified priorities.
Homelessness largely remains a hidden problem in Fairfax County, unlike many jurisdictions in the metropolitan Washington area. However, the county’s homeless population has totaled almost 2,000 people for the past several years, according to the council’s annual report. Today, there are more than 300 families, 700 children and 800 single adults who are homeless. Many of these individuals have chronic disabling conditions that contribute to their being homeless.
The 17-member Council on Homelessness is composed of county residents and representatives from local nonprofits, businesses and faith communities. The council is charged with engaging the community to end homelessness and examine the problem with a long-term, strategic perspective. The group also makes policy and budget recommendations to the board, as well as submitting an annual report.
For more information about the council, development of its 10-year plan or the summit on homelessness, please contact Bill Macmillan, Department of Systems Management for Human Services, at 703-324-4657, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dsm/cpch/cpchdefault.htm.