Fairfax County is a place where all residents facing vulnerability are empowered and supported to live independent lives to their fullest potential.
Indicators of Success:
Fairfax County is fully committed to providing residents facing vulnerability with a safe place to receive necessary services, in a way that mitigates challenges through a holistic, streamlined, respectful and individualized approach. The role of local government is to identify people who need support in order to reach their personal level of “self-sufficiency,” which is related to various factors including health (mental and physical), age and varying levels of personal ability.
While there are basic human needs that must be met, individual circumstances may require a number of supports, representing multiple, overlapping challenges that may emerge, evolve and resolve over time. Therefore, it is critical to ensure a close connection with people facing vulnerability, so situations can be monitored and responded to in an effective manner. The role of caregivers should also be elevated when needed, so that people who want to empower caregivers to advocate for their needs can do so, to the extent possible by law.
While the pandemic enabled many community members to connect using new technology tools, many of our most vulnerable residents suffered from a lack of in-person support, as well as reduced oversight in some situations that compromised their safety, especially those impacting the elderly and children.
The proposed strategies in this section seek to improve the way people facing vulnerability are identified, connected with, served and supported over time.
These proposed strategies were developed based on the extensive background work completed by the Countywide Strategic Planning Teams. The Board will determine which strategies will be pursued, as well as when they might be undertaken. This process will be highly flexible and will adapt to respond to community conditions as they evolve over time.
All People Are Respected, Understood and Connected
Services Are Easy to Access and Use
Services Are High Quality and Coordinated
All People Can Meet Their Basic Needs
Indicator: All People Are Respected, Understood and Connected
Indicator: Services Are Easy to Access and Use
Indicator: Services Are High Quality and Coordinated
Indicator: All People Can Meet Their Basic Needs