Implementation Committee to End Homelessness Meets
Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
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May 4, 2007
Implementation Committee to Prevent and End Homelessness Meets for the First Time
A community task force began its deliberations this week on how to carry out a strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. The Implementation Committee’s first meeting now moves the Fairfax-Falls Church community one step closer to ending homelessness in 10 years. In our community, there are more than 1,800 people who are homeless, including nearly 700 children.
The group is tasked with recommending specific action steps, identifying roles and responsibilities, and developing a monitoring and evaluation process. The committee is scheduled to present its suggested action plan to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in September.
Specifically, the committee will make recommendations on how to implement the four strategies for ending homelessness:
- 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.
The 95-member committee was appointed by the board in April. The group includes representatives from housing development organizations, business and financial institutions, health care and mental health providers, faith communities, employment services, nonprofit service providers and public 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.
For more information about the Implementation Committee, the 10-year strategic plan or preventing and ending homelessness, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless.
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