Housing and Community Development - Public Affairs

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-246-5100
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3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Ben Boxer,
Public Affairs Manager

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness Newsletter

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MARCH 2021 NEWSLETTER

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.

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19

Thanks to the ongoing dedication of numerous partners, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness has continued to address the needs of those at risk of and experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you to the many providers that are serving people in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each and every one of you are sincerely appreciated.

  • Temporary Shelter Available During COVID-19: More than 1,250 people have transitioned into Quarantine, Protection, Isolation, and Decompression (QPID) Hotels since April 16, 2020 with locations operating across Fairfax County. The QPID Hotels are managed by several non-profit partners, including Cornerstones, FACETS, New Hope Housing, and Shelter House. Northern Virginia Family Service operates a Central Intake (703-267-3511) to triage referrals to the QPID Hotels. Fairfax County released a video to provide information on how to access temporary shelter.
     
  • Eviction Prevention: Fairfax County created the Eviction Prevention Task Force to coordinate a countywide approach to provide resources and assistance to vulnerable residents.
    • An Eviction Webpage was launched that provides numerous resources including basic needs assistance, information about the eviction process, tenant rights, financial and medical assistance, emergency shelter, legal services and more.

    • An Eviction Dashboard was developed to identify areas of the county where residents are most at risk of being evicted because of economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The eviction data provided within the dashboard displays writs of eviction and unlawful detainers issued by the Fairfax County General District Court.

  • Eviction Moratorium: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the current federal order temporarily halting residential evictions until at least March 31, 2021.
     
  • COVID-19 Vaccination: For information on the COVID-19 Vaccine and its administration locally, please visit Fairfax County’s Vaccine Website. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have published the following flyers regarding the COVID-19 vaccine:

Thank you to the many providers that are serving people in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each and every one of you are sincerely appreciated.

 

PARTNERSHIP UPDATES

Partnership

  • Penn Daw Fire Station and Supportive Housing: A proposed site has been identified for the new location of the Eleanor Kennedy Shelter. The new location, which would offer permanent supportive housing (PSH) units in addition to emergency shelter beds, is proposed to be co-located with the new Penn Daw Fire Station. An advisory committee was convened by Mount Vernon District Supervisor, Supervisor Storck that will work with county staff on evaluating potential programs that could be co-located with the permanent, new Penn Daw Fire Station.
     
  • Compact Expands Regional Coordination in Effort to End Homelessness: In January, the COG Board of Directors passed a resolution committing to expanding regionwide collaboration to prevent and end homelessness. The compact will foster “a cross-jurisdictional, client-centered approach to ending the experience of homelessness by identifying and breaking down barriers to get people the resources they need.” Specific actions outlined in the compact include improving the way data is shared and analyzed across jurisdictions, establishing shared protocols for the ways residents are identified in the system, and ensuring key metrics are tracked and reported consistently. A region-wide homeless systems audit will help ensure that efforts to prevent and end homelessness are grounded in racial equity.
     
  • Hypothermia Prevention Program: The Hypothermia Prevention Program, which began December 1, 2020, has continued to operate to serve individuals experiencing homelessness during the winter months. The program provides warm shelter, food, and other supportive services to connect guests to a variety of basic needs to include clothing, employment, housing and more. Sites are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through April 1, 2021.
     
  • Annual Action Plan and State Housing Trust Fund 2021-22 Input Session: The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) invites you to attend one of the four upcoming input sessions to develop the Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan for 2021-22 and to provide feedback on the proposed uses of the Virginia Housing Trust Fund (VHTF). Virginia's Annual Action Plan allocates funds for federal housing and community development programs, including CDBG, ESG, HOME, HOPWA, National Housing Trust Funds (NHTF), and Virginia Housing Trust Funds (VHTF). Register here to attend the Northern/Valley Input Session on March 10, 2021 from 3-4:30 p.m. 
     
  • HUD to Enforce Fair Housing Act to Prohibit Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity:  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on February 11, 2021 that it will administer and enforce the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The HUD directive begins implementation of the policy set forth in President Biden’s Executive Order 13988 on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.   

 

FUNDING INFORMATION

funding

  • FY 2020 Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) has released a NOFA, Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program, which provides Capital Advance funding for the development of supportive rental housing for Very-Low-Income persons aged 62 years or older and project rental subsidies in the form of a Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) to maintain ongoing affordability. Applications are due by May 26, 2021.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

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Please register for the following trainings if you have an interest in attending. By registering, we will be able to inform you of any adjustments or cancelations due to COVID-19.

  • Active Engagement and De-Escalation Training
    March 2nd | 6 p.m.
    March 3rd | 4 p.m.
    March 19th | 1 p.m.

    Attendees will develop a trauma-informed approach to de-escalation, including awareness of how racialized trauma can present itself, set boundaries to keep all parties safe in a challenging situation, and apply key elements of de-escalation strategies.
     
  • Motivational Interviewing
    March 1st | 3:30 p.m.
    March 23rd | 3:30 p.m.
    March 31st | 3:30 p.m.

    Attendees will be introduced to the concept of Motivational Interviewing and given valuable techniques and skills to motivate and support people experiencing homelessness.
     
  • Move On Webinar Series – Spring 2021
    This series of seven webinars begin March 3, 2021 and runs through May 12, 2021. The series is designed to introduce participants to the tools and resources they need to develop and implement Moving On strategies and programs, which help tenants who wish to move on from supportive housing.
     
  • Ending Homelessness: A Virtual Conference
    March 8th – 10th   

    The National Alliance to End Homelessness’ Virtual Conference will cover how to do more of what works, address emerging challenges, and find innovative new ways to solve problems.  Workshops and plenaries have been developed in concert with people who have experienced homelessness, and with a focus on race and equity.  They will cover a broad range of subpopulations, issues, and solutions – both with proven strategies and new innovations. 

  • Elevate the Affordable Housing Conversation in Fairfax County
    March 10th | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and the George Mason University School of Business are partnering to host the 2021 Fairfax County Housing Symposium. The 2021 Housing Symposium will bring together local leaders, members of the business community, educators, healthcare professionals, housing industry and policy experts, advocates, and neighbors as we elevate the conversation on affordable housing in Fairfax County.

  • Fairfax County Domestic Violence (DV) Network Tier One Training
    This series of eight webinars begin March 9, 2021 and runs through April 1, 2021. Tier One is a training on the dynamics of domestic violence, the systems that respond to those experiencing violence, and available resources in our community. The training is designed for professionals interested in learning the dynamics of domestic violence to deepen their work with clients and community members, and anyone interested in volunteering with Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. Please note that you must attend all eight sessions to receive a certificate of completion.

  • Safe Zone Training for Homeless Service Providers
    March 24th | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    The Safe Zone training is designed to create a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive environment, to strengthen community responses to LGBTQ individuals seeking services and to encourage networking among allied professionals toward the goal of supporting the well-being of LGBTQ people.

  • National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC) Virtual Housing Policy Forum 2021
    March 30th – 31st | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    The forum will feature keynote speakers and panels on Racial Equity and Housing Justice; Coronavirus, Housing and Homelessness: The Current State of Play; State and Local Emergency Rental Assistance Programs; Achieving a Housing Entitlement; What the Election Means for Affordable Housing/Capitol Hill Insiders Panel; Best Practices in Organizing; and more.

 

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