HOST Prevents 18 Households from Becoming Homeless in First 8 Days


Dec. 15, 2009
OPA 237/09

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In its first eight days of operations, the new Housing Opportunities Support Teams (HOST) prevented 18 households from becoming homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community.

“By using the HOST approach, we are able to help people stay in their homes or quickly move into housing,” said Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “This partnership is an integral part of our community's plan to end homelessness.”

The HOST system?operated as a partnership of local faith-based and nonprofit organizations, and Fairfax County human services and housing agencies?coordinates and manages prevention, housing placement and supportive services for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Through HOST, the partner organizations collaborate to:

  • Identify and coordinate housing opportunities.
  • Provide one-stop accessible triage, assessment and referral.
  • Deliver client-centered services.

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of community and county partners, many more people are able to remain in their homes during these difficult economic times,” said Dean Klein, director of the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. “We truly are on our way to help people quickly return to self-sufficiency.”

For more information on the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, call 703-324-9492, TTY 711. Those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, should call Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880, TTY 711.

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