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Fairfax County, Virginia

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter and Supportive Housing

Last year, the Baileys shelter served a total of 345 men and women and the average individual's stay in the shelter was 47 days.

During the day shelter residents go to work, attend medical appointments, conduct housing and employment searches and connect to vital community resources. Shelter residents are offered transportation to the Wellness Center three times a week and to a partnering day shelter twice a week during the winter season and once a week during the warmer months. These community partners offer additional support to address shelter residents' medical, employment and spiritual needs while providing a connections to critical services in the community.

If a shelter resident returns to the shelter under the influence, they are offered space on the couch in the common area until the following morning. The resident is advised that they must speak to the shelter director the following morning and they are offered detox services. If a client declines, the director gets a commitment from the client to meet with staff to work towards securing housing and if this opportunity is not accepted, they must leave the shelter the following morning.

Shelter residents who return to the shelter after curfew are allowed to stay in the shelter overnight. The resident is advised that they must see their case manager the following morning, if they do not have a verifiable excuse (work schedule, medical emergency, etc.).

The Bailey's Shelter, as well as the Patrick Henry, Embry Rucker and Eleanor Kennedy shelters are all aging facilities with building subsystems well beyond their intended lifecycle. These facilities were built or last renovated about 30 years ago. Like these other shelters, the Bailey's shelter is highly utilized and experiences a lot of wear and tear. In addition, the 30-year-old design of the Bailey's facility makes it very difficult for the shelter to deliver "crisis/emergency" services to homeless individuals in the community. For these reasons, funding for the renovation, expansion or replacement of these homeless shelter facilities is included in a bond referendum, which will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

In addition, as noted in the county's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), relocation of the Bailey's Homeless Shelter is one of the first steps to allow for the redevelopment of the south-east area. In order to facilitate this redevelopment of the south-east area site, the county plans has purchased a new site for the homeless shelter

Yes, the county as well as our nonprofit and community partners are utilizing all our available resources to end homelessness in our community. Ending homelessness means that homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring. We have made considerable progress - our 2016 Point In Time survey indicates that we have reduced homelessness in Fairfax County by 42 percent since 2008. In addition, many of our homeless residents are veterans and we are making a concerted effort to find them permanent housing. Homelessness is a national and countywide challenge that is in virtually every community.

The Comprehensive Plan (as amended in 2010) recommended the Seminary Road realignment to improve the transportation network in the southeast quadrant of Bailey's Crossroads. In addition to serving the sites along Columbia Pike, this realignment will improve access to the Center Lane area along Seminary Road. Given the existing zoning and existing grandfathered uses, it is unlikely that the Center Lane area will redevelop without improved access.

The Comprehensive Plan (as amended in 2010) includes a map on page 33 and text in the Baileys Planning District Overview.

There are multiple ways you can provide feedback. You may email your thoughts and concerns

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan amendment on December 1, 2016. The plan for the design of the facility will be presented to the community at the Mason Government Center at 7pm on Feb 22, 2017. Please refer to the project process section for a schedule of additional public meetings.

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