Six Families Told “Welcome Home” During Kate’s Place Ribbon-Cutting
Feb. 23, 2015
Six formerly homeless families were “welcomed home” on Feb. 23 as the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), the Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness and Shelter House, Inc. officially celebrated the opening of the new Kate’s Place residences.
Kate’s Place is a supported affordable housing option for Fairfax County families who have experienced frequent and prolonged homelessness, who have no other housing options, and who would benefit from supportive services to stabilize their housing. Some of these services, such as job search assistance, computer literacy, and after school tutoring programs can be provided at the shelter immediately adjacent to Kate’s Place.
The actual facility consists of six housing units. Two are fully handicap accessible, two -bedroom units and the remaining four are three-bedroom units. All of them are designed with a family living environment in mind.
By placing the homes right next to the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter, families will be able to have a safe place that serves as a home of their own while having close and easy access to the services they may need to help them succeed in an independent environment.
“This is a wonderful demonstration of Fairfax County’s commitment to ensure housing that is safe and comfortable for its residents and an attractive addition to the surrounding community,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova at the ribbon-cutting event. “We are about halfway along our journey of ending homelessness in our community, and the six residences here at Kate’s Place are just one of many projects that are helping us move in the right direction.”
Kate’s Place is named in honor of Katherine K. Hanley who served as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1995 to 2003. “Our community needs to include safe, appropriate, more permanent housing for those of us who are formerly homeless and struggling, particularly those who find themselves in need of some support to be self-sufficient. Kate’s Place will help that need,” Hanley said. “This place, Kate’s Place, is another important example of a community that cares.”
The Kate’s Place development process was managed by the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, on behalf of the FCRHA, and constructed in partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. The development cost a total of $2.1 million and was funded through the federal HOME Investment Partnership Program and the local Fairfax County Housing Trust Fund.
The units will be managed under the Fairfax County Family Supportive Housing Program and overseen by the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, along with a partnership of county human services agencies including the Community Services Board, the Department of Family Services, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Department of Administration for Human Services, and nonprofit services providers including Shelter House, Inc., New Hope Housing Inc. and Cornerstones, Inc.
Learn more about efforts to prevent and end homelessness in Fairfax County.