County Officials, Faith Leaders, and Nonprofits to Discuss Housing and Homelessness

May 27, 2011

Preventing and ending homelessness

For the first time, Fairfax County is convening religious leaders, housing advocates, elected officials and others to discuss how faith communities can provide affordable housing and housing resources for people who are homeless.

The event will take place on June 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center, and the focus will be:

  • How to leverage faith-based assets to provide housing subsidies and create affordable housing.
  • How faith-based communities can make an impact.
  • How the Housing Blueprint supports the 10-year plan to prevent and end homelessness.

Clergy, housing advocates, nonprofits, developers, legislators and faith leaders are encouraged to attend this free event. Online registration is requested.

The goal of this event is to enhance the wonderful partnership that has been built between Fairfax County’s faith community, fair housing advocates and developers,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “Faith organizations have had a long and fruitful relationship with our human services network, and we have tremendous opportunities for building on that solid foundation in the area of housing.”

Chairman Bulova founded Faith Communities in Action, a countywide network of faith communities which enables faith communities and charitable nonprofit organizations to work in partnership with local government to better respond to the needs of the community.

This event is sponsored by the Governing Board of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners Inc.

"Enterprise is excited to align our faith-based community development efforts with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness," said David Bowers, vice president, Enterprise Community Partners. "There is great opportunity for houses of worship in the Fairfax-Falls Church community to play a critical role in producing new units of housing that serve low-income people. Together, our efforts can make a significant impact in helping to decrease the number of homeless individuals in the region."

For more information or to request reasonable accommodations, contact the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness at 703-324-9492, TTY 711.



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