100,000 Homes Fairfax Campaign Reaches First-Year Housing Goals
March 31, 2014
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness has reached its first-year goal under the 100,000 Homes Fairfax Campaign to house 50 of the individuals in the county identified as most vulnerable, in addition to housing 98 more individuals identified as chronically homeless. An investment in supportive housing and priority on engaging people who are chronically homeless in a new way makes the difference.
Reflecting on the first year of the campaign, Amanda Andere, executive director of FACETS, said “100,000 Homes highlights the best of what it means to partner in our community. We came together to understand the needs of people who are chronically homeless, focused on housing that would be critical to saving their lives and then worked tirelessly over the last year to pull together resources from faith communities, government, businesses and individuals that resulted in so many people having not only a home, but hope for the future. Although the partnership has achieved success in the first year of the campaign, it is uncertain if there are sufficient affordable housing opportunities in the future.”
In the first year of the 100,000 Homes Fairfax Campaign (March 4, 2013 – March 3, 2014), the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership housed a total of 148 chronically homeless and/or vulnerable individuals, including 18 veterans. This total includes:
- 5 individuals previously identified as vulnerable only.
- 98 individuals previously identified as chronically homeless only.
- 45 individuals previously identified as both chronically homeless and vulnerable.
These housing results keep the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership amongst the national 100,000 Homes Campaign’s 2.5 Percent Club, an exclusive group of communities that are recognized for their success in housing people every month at an average of 2.5 percent of the local baseline chronic and vulnerable population.
The leadership and staff at Cornerstones, FACETS, New Hope Housing, Pathway Homes and Volunteers of America Chesapeake were fundamental to the partnership’s success. The 100,000 Homes Fairfax campaign partner organizations invested significant staff time and energy toward engaging individuals who were homeless, moving them to stable housing and connecting them to supportive services. They have also been successful in garnering volunteer time and donations to help move to, and maintain, stable housing.
An individual identified as “vulnerable” is predicted to have an increased risk of mortality. In order for an individual to be scored as vulnerable, a survey respondent must have been homeless for at least six months and have at least one of the following at-risk qualifiers: more than three hospitalizations or emergency room visits in the past year; more than three emergency room visits in the past three months; 60 years or more of age; have HIV+/AIDS, kidney disease, end-stage renal disease or dialysis; liver disease, hepatitis C, cirrhosis or end-stage liver disease; or tri-morbidity (a combination of mental illness, serious medical conditions and substance abuse).
In addition to their work with 100,000 Homes, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership has recently raised more than $60,000 to help stop homelessness as we know it. To learn more about the Partnership’s work and how to get involved, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless.
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