Board of Supervisors Adopts Implementation Plan to End Homelessness


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March 31, 2008

Board of Supervisors Adopts Implementation Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting today adopted the Implementation Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community.

"We must dedicate ourselves, as a community, to work tirelessly until each and every individual in our community is permanently housed," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly. "The solution to this problem goes far beyond the government. Ending homelessness must be a collaborative effort."

In February 2007, the Board of Supervisors endorsed the strategic plan, "Blueprint for Success: Strategic Directions for the Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community." Writing of the implementation plan was led by a board-appointed 95-member Implementation Committee, which was tasked with recommending specific action steps, identifying roles and responsibilities, and developing a monitoring and evaluation process for carrying out the strategic plan. This community-based group, consisting of nonprofit, business and government representatives, created specific action steps for:

  • Preventing homelessness due to economic crisis and/or disability.
  • Preserving and increasing the supply of affordable housing to prevent or remedy homelessness.
  • Delivering appropriate support services to obtain and maintain stable housing.

The implementation plan identifies the basic actions and commitments necessary to transform the current system and approach to homelessness into a flexible, relationship-based and community-centered system based on the principles of Housing First. This approach creates more housing choices, prevents homelessness and integrates all needed services into a coordinated and flexible support system.

The Implementation Committee also created a management system for the plan implementation. The proposed Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness will provide the essential coordinated and collaborative political, community, and managerial leadership, policy direction, resource development and stewardship.

For more information on the implementation plan and the strategic directions for preventing and ending homelessness, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless.

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