The Office to Prevent and End Homelessness – now part of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development – is committed to eliminating the disproportionality of people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness from communities of color and other marginalized populations by providing equitable paths to safe, stable, affordable housing.
- Bi-Annual Continuum of Care (CoC) Meeting
July 14, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The goal of the CoC Meeting is to connect partners in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community to build and strengthen common understanding of homeless system initiatives and performance outcomes. This meeting is intended to reach the broad audience of CoC members, which includes any organization (from frontline staff to leadership) or individual that is committed to preventing and ending homelessness in our community. This virtual meeting will provide an overview of the Continuum of Care, including a review of the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count and System Performance Measure dashboards as well as review the results of the Youth PIT Count, review the role of the CoC Committee as well as the role of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, provide an overview of several homeless services system initiatives, and a reflection on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To RSVP for the upcoming virtual Bi-Annual CoC Meeting, please use the Bi-Annual CoC Meeting Eventbrite Invitation.
- Continuum of Care (CoC) Committee Meeting
July 14, 2022
The CoC Committee, the governing body of the CoC, will meet at the offices of the Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030). Meeting materials will be made available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/coccommittee.
- Addressing LGBTQI+ Homelessness and Housing Instability: Through an Executive Order signed on June 15, 2022, the Department of Housing and Urban Development was directed to launch a new Working Group on LGBTQI+ Homelessness and Housing Equity. The Working Group will lead new efforts to identity and address the barriers to housing faced by LGBTQI+ people, provide guidance and technical assistance to housing providers on serving LGBTQI+ individuals, and seek new funding opportunities for culturally appropriate services that address barriers to housing for LGBTQI+ individuals.
- Help Prevent Deaths in Fairfax County: Overdoses continue to increase in Fairfax County in line with state and national trends. A growing area of concern here in Fairfax County and around the country is fatal and nonfatal overdoses involving youth. Below are ways you can help:
- Use the social media posts and images, videos, posters, and more available through Fairfax County’s Opioid Communications Toolkit.
- View and share the recording, slides, and resources from the webinar on Fairfax County Youth Substance Use Trends and Supports.
- View and share the resources outlined in: Fatal Opioid Overdoses On The Rise: Learn How to Get Help.
- Principles for Addressing Encampments: The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released guidance to address the crisis of unsheltered homelessness. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but the following principles—developed by USICH in coordination with the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Veterans Affairs as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several national partners—can help communities more effectively address encampments.
- Special CoC Program Notice of Funding Opportunity: On June 22, 2022, HUD announced it is making $322 million in competitive funding available to communities to address unsheltered and rural homelessness through a Special CoC Program Notice of Funding Opportunity. To apply, CoCs will need to demonstrate a comprehensive community approach to reduce homelessness among people experiencing homelessness with severe service needs, especially those with histories of unsheltered homelessness. Funding is available for permanent housing, street outreach efforts and other supportive services, and HMIS. Information on how to apply as part of the Fairfax CoC will be forthcoming from the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.
- 2022 ARPA Nonprofit Sustainability Grants – Coming Soon: Application process will open soon. Notification of Awards and requests for budgets will be in September 2022 and Award Disbursement will be in October 2022. Awards are based on the number of employees within the organization. Greater than 25 employees – can request up to $75,000.
- HUD Continuum of Care Program Competition – Coming Soon: The annual Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care (CoC) Program competition typically presents an opportunity to apply for new funding. The exact start of the 2022 competition is not yet known, although now is the time to start thinking about the opportunity to apply to bring new permanent housing resources into the homeless services system. The local 2022 competition schedule will be made available once the Notice of Funding Opportunity is released by HUD. For more information on the 2021 HUD CoC Program competition and process to apply for new funding, please visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/continuum-care.
- Improving Adult and Juvenile Crisis and Community Reentry Program: Through this opportunity, the Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications for funding to state, local, and tribal governments, as well as community-based nonprofit organizations, to enhance or implement clinical services and other evidence-based responses to improve reentry, reduce recidivism, and address the treatment and recovery needs of people with mental health, substance use, or co-occurring disorders who are currently involved in the criminal justice system or were formerly involved. The closing date is August 2, 2022.
- Homelessness & Opioid Use Disorder: Best Practices for Whole-Person Care
July 6, 2022
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
In this session, panelists will provide a brief overview of the forthcoming toolkit, Whole-Person Care for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD): Part 2. This toolkit expands upon Part I (released August 2021) and covers a recovery-oriented framework for OUD treatment, community-level coordination, and supporting housing stability. Panelists will engage in a roundtable discussion of best practices and participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the session.
- 2022 National Conference on Ending Homelessness (Waitlist Available Only)
(Registration closes July 8, 2022)
July 25-27, 2022
The National Alliance to End Homelessness’s first in-person conference since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the 2022 National Conference on Ending Homelessness will be held in Washington, D.C. Registrants will have the opportunity to attend plenaries and workshops focused on long-standing and emerging issues in the homelessness field, including race equity, creative housing solutions, peer support, older adult homelessness, unsheltered homelessness, and much more. The 2022 National Conference on Ending Homelessness will bring together service providers, system leaders, advocates, people with lived experience of homelessness, and others to learn from each other, discuss best practices, and share new innovations in the field.
- Fairfax County DV Network Tier One Training
July 9, 2022 and July 16, 2022
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tier One is a two-day training on the dynamics of domestic violence, the systems that respond to those crimes, and available resources in our community. The training is designed for professionals interested in learning the dynamics of domestic violence in order to deepen their work with clients and community members, and anyone interested in volunteering with Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. Participants should register for both dates. Tier One training explores topics that may be challenging. Sometimes learning about these topics or providing support to other people impacted by domestic and sexual violence may trigger difficult feelings for participants. If you have questions about the training content or concerns about participating in Tier One, please contact: John Crownover at email@example.com or 703-324-6860.