Saturday, April 27, 2013
Facets has made great strides since 1988, but the vision "is a long way from being realized."
In 2011, Lisa Kennedy lost her job. Along with it, Kennedy, a single mother, lost a way to make ends meet. Soon, she couldn't pay the rent. But she tried: For the next year, Kennedy was in a state of flux, hopping from job to job but often finding herself without a paycheck. What Kennedy needed was help on a path to more steady employment — and she got it through Bridging Affordability, a Fairfax County service that helps the area's most in-need residents establish better self-sufficiency, safe housing and a more stable life. Today, Kennedy and her daughter live in a two-bedroom apartment. She has a regular part-time job and is also pursuing a business degree. “The goal, of course, is to be self sufficient, and this program is helping me …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Fairfax County human services officials say more funds are needed for housing and other programs.
Fairfax County officials have said the impacts of sequestration are largely unknown, but for some of the county's low-income residents that's no longer true: Last week, the cuts forced the county to stop issuing Section 8 vouchers for affordable housing to families in need. Officials say that up to 150 families in the county might not be getting housing vouchers that will help them pay their rent. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funding to the county for the program, but the budget sequester has put that in jeopardy. The county stopped issuing vouchers earlier this month and while some residents were able to get help at the last minute, others might not be so fortunate. These cuts directly impact organizations…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Officials will highlight successes, challenges in full report to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on April 10.
Fairfax County’s homeless population has declined 12 percent in the last year and 26 percent since 2007, according to a new report from the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness. The Connection reports that according to agency’s annual “point-in-time” survey, the number of homeless people in the county has decreased by 184, from 1,534 in 2012 to 1,350 in 2013. The number of homeless has also decreased by 463 since 2007, down from 1,813. The count was conducted over a one-day period in January, per requirements from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Only people who are literally homeless and living in shelters, transitional housing or on the street are counted in the survey. This …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Plan would house 150 homeless over the next three years.
Fairfax County is joining a national initiative to provide housing to the area’s chronically homeless population. During a Tuesday meeting of the Board of Supervisors Human Services Committee, representatives from the county’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness detailed the struggles of people who live on the streets and in the woods of Fairfax County. About 350 people in the county face chronic homelessness. That’s an increase of more than 100 people since 2010, said Dean Klein, director of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. These residents have been homeless for years, Klein said, and have had no success with other county programs. In many cases, the county’s chronically homeless suffer from serious mental and physical …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
One in three homeless in Fairfax County area are children.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
There are 1,534 people homeless people in the Fairfax area, according to a survey conducted in January by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership. sds The survey found that 697 single people and 837 people in families were homeless on Jan. 25, when the survey was conducted. While the total number of people who are homeless declined by 15 people from January 2011, they survey showed that persons in families that are homeless increased by 46 people from the previous year. The survey found that 33 percent of all persons who were homeless were children under 18 years old. The partnership puts out the survey each year to help identify need and track successes and challenges from year to year. Read the full report online. To read more …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
As of Jan. 26, 2011, 1,549 people in the county were homeless.
The number of homeless people in Fairfax County has decreased about 14 percent since 2007, according to the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness. Partnership Chairman Michael O’Reilly presented an update on his organization’s 10-year plan to end homelessness in the area on Tuesday during the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting. As of Jan. 26, 2011, there were 1,549 homeless people in the county, he said, down from 1,800 in 2007. The 10-year plan’s ultimate goal is to make affordable housing accessible to “every person who is homeless or at risk of being homeless” by Dec. 31, 2018. Of those 1,549 people, 883 were persons in families and 666 were single adults. According to the presentation, 60 …