More than 700 Fairfax County Residents Served in Hypothermia Shelters This Winter


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
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June 2, 2008

More than 700 Fairfax County Residents Served in Hypothermia Shelters This Winter

This winter, Fairfax County’s hypothermia prevention program served 724 people during a four-month period, ending March 31.

For the fourth winter in a row, the Fairfax County government, faith groups, businesses and civic organizations collaborated in a unique partnership to provide volunteers and warm, safe places throughout the county where those with nowhere else to go could stay overnight.

This year’s hypothermia prevention program involved over 2,300 volunteers from 57 faith communities and 13 nonprofit and business organizations. Winter-long hypothermia shelters were set up in three locations to serve homeless individuals in the north, south and central parts of the county. Individual faith communities provided additional shelter space as needed starting in January. The county contracted with several community-based organizations ― New Hope Housing, Ventures in Community, Reston Interfaith, Volunteers of America and FACETS ― to coordinate services and volunteers.

The hypothermia program supplements the county’s year-round effort to provide shelter and services to homeless individuals and families. The intent is to do everything possible to prevent anyone in Fairfax County from suffering or dying from hypothermia during the winter.  

While continuing to help homeless individuals and families, the county also is moving forward with its long-term strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness within a decade.

On March 31, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the Implementation Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community. This 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.

For more information about preventing and ending homelessness, including the full implementation plan and other resources, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless.

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