Governing Board Chair Appointed for Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness


March 18, 2009
OPA 066/09

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  • Michael O’Reilly has served with several local commissions, boards and organizations.
  • He also has served as the Herndon mayor and a Herndon Town Council member.

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Michael O’Reilly, founder of the Herndon-based O’Reilly Law Firm, has agreed to serve asthe chair of the newly formed Governing Board of the Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness in Ten Years.

“Mike is an outstanding choice to provide the leadership needed to help guide our community in efforts to end homelessness as we know it. He and Dean Klein, who was recently appointed director of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness will be a great team,” said Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

O’Reilly has served with several local commissions, boards and organizations, including two consecutive terms as a member of the Herndon Town Council. He served as Mayor of the Town of Herndon from 2004 to 2006.

In March 2008, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the Implementation Planto Prevent and End Homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community in Ten Years. The 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 prevention and Housing First.

The plan also lays out a management system for the implementation process. The Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness in Ten Years will consist of nonprofit, business, government and faith-based groups working in partnership to develop resources and deliver collaborative services to end homelessness in the community. 

The Governing Board will provide leadership for this community-county partnership. The appointment of former Mayor O’Reilly as the chair is an important step in moving forward with the 10-year plan.

The Governing Board responsibilities include setting policy direction, raising community visibility and the resource development capability necessary for the successful implementation of the plan. The board consists of elected officials, community leaders and representatives from authorities, faith-based groups, businesses and foundations.

More information on the implementation plan and the strategic directions for preventing and ending homelessness can be found online.

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