Fairfax County is a place where all residents facing vulnerability are empowered and supported to live independent lives to their fullest potential.
Each priority area includes the following:
Fairfax County’s vision for empowering residents facing vulnerability is a collective partnership between the community and local government that identifies and engages the most vulnerable in a way that mitigates barriers while providing a comprehensive, integrated, and streamlined approach to service delivery. Vulnerabilities emerge, evolve and sometimes resolve. Residents may face multiple, often overlapping vulnerabilities. Each situation is unique, and what constitutes ‘self-sufficiency’ can vary greatly.
COVID-19 has highlighted the ways in which disadvantaged communities are bearing much of the negative impact of the current health and socioeconomic crisis. Racial and ethnic minorities, particularly the Latino population, are suffering highly disproportionate rates of COVID-19 infection, while elderly residents are much more likely to die as a result of the virus. Further, people who were not considered vulnerable prior to the pandemic are now facing new health concerns which are compounded by economic stress.
The strategies in this section seek to provide a coordinated and individualized plan for people facing vulnerabilities to live their lives to their fullest potential. These strategies recognize the critical role and needs of caregivers (friends or family providing assistance) in their lives. These caregivers provide an invaluable service and have unique insights that should be included in information sharing and decision making to the extent possible by law and the desire of the resident facing vulnerability. These strategies also focus on providing services that are more holistic, proactive and person-based to address the unique needs of each individual in an equitable and respectful manner.
1. How will we ensure that we identify residents facing vulnerability?
2. How will we proactively engage residents facing vulnerability?
3. How will we identify and mitigate factors that impede residents facing vulnerability from living independent lives to their fullest potential?
4. How do we ensure that residents facing vulnerability are able to access needed services within a system that is comprehensive, responsive and built around hearing their story one time?
5. How will we ensure that residents facing vulnerability are stewarded on a path to self-sufficiency in a way that recognizes their existing strengths?
6. How will we promote sustained self-sufficiency among residents facing vulnerability in our community?
1. Respect, Understanding and Engagement of Residents Facing Vulnerability
2. Access and Utilization of Services
3. Integration and Quality of Services
Indicator: Respect, Understanding and Engagement of Residents Facing Vulnerability
• # of residents who accessed and utilized Fairfax County Government services and programs as a direct result of targeted outreach initiatives
• % of residents utilizing services who report feeling respected and supported when receiving county- and community-based services
• % of residents who report feeling a stronger connection to their community through their participation in Fairfax County Government services and programs
• % of residents utilizing services who feel that their input is strongly considered as part of designing the services they receive
Indicator: Access and Utilization of Services
• % of residents who feel needed services are easy to access
• % of residents who feel they experience barriers in accessing and utilizing Fairfax County Government services to the point that it limits their ability to live their life to its fullest potential
• % of residents who apply for a county service who are initially placed on a waiting list
• % of residents placed on a waiting list who do not begin receiving services within the applicable mandated time frame and/or agency benchmark
• % of residents who are scheduled for and/or receive a screening or assessment for services within the applicable mandated time frame and/or agency benchmark
• % of residents who begin receiving services within the applicable mandated time frame and/or agency benchmark
Indicator: Integration and Quality of Services
• % of residents who report they received the information and/or connection to the services they were seeking during their initial contact with county staff
• % of residents receiving county services who report that those services improve their ability to be more self-sufficient
• % of residents receiving multiple services who report that they experience those services as well integrated
• % of households with income/wages below the following:
• % of people completing a county-funded employment readiness program who become and remain employed for at least 90 days
• % of Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) clients who do not seek basic needs assistance for the same service, from CSP within six months of receiving assistance
• # of county households whose income falls below the MIT living wage but exceeds the federal poverty level
Identify, Respect and Proactively Engage Residents Experiencing Vulnerability
Mitigate Barriers and Improve the Access and Utilization of Service
Provide High Quality, People Centered, Integrated Services
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Fairfax, VA 22035