Implementation Committee on Homelessness Appointed
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April 9, 2007
Board of Supervisors Appoints Implementation Committee to End Homelessness
Today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed a committee to make recommendations for implementing a 10-year strategic plan to end homelessness.
While the board approved the strategy earlier this year, the new Implementation Committee will suggest specific action steps, identify roles and responsibilities and develop a monitoring and evaluation process. The committee will begin its work in May, and is scheduled to present an action plan to the board for approval in July.
“It takes a community to prevent and end homelessness, and this committee represents our community,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly. “We’re now one step closer to ending homelessness within a decade. I look forward to their recommendations on specific steps the county can take.”
The appointments to the new 95-member committee can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless. The group includes representatives from nonprofits, businesses, health care providers, faith communities and government agencies — the broad range of community partners that can prevent and end homelessness.
In February, the board endorsed the strategic plan, “Blueprint for Success: Strategic Directions for the Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community.” This plan was created by the Community Council on Homelessness and the Planning Committee to End Homelessness, in partnership with the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, government agencies, nonprofits, faith communities and businesses.
The plan identifies four strategies:
- Prevent homelessness due to economic crisis and/or disability.
- Preserve and increase the supply of affordable housing to prevent or remedy homelessness.
- Deliver appropriate support services to obtain and maintain stable housing.
- Create a management system for plan implementation that ensures adequate financial resources and accountability.
For more information about preventing and ending homelessness, including the full strategic plan and other resources, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless.
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