Monday, April 8, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 20. Affordable housing continues to be a major topic of discussion in Alexandria. The Virginia Department of Transportation sold Hunting Point, two eight-story apartment buildings, to a realty firm. Alexandria's City Council had asked that any purchaser not turn the buildings into luxury apartments that could displace its current tenants who require more affordable housing. That message was passed on to the new buyers, according to VDOT, but was not a condition of the sale. 19. On the west side of Alexandria, the City Planning Commission gave the go-ahead to major rezoning in the Beauregard area that will tear down …
Wednesday, April 3, 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 …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Local nonprofit will take part in 100,000 Homes Registry Week, a national project to help find permanent places for 100,000 homeless people by 2014.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Karen Goff
Saturday, February 23
Volunteers and staff from Reston Interfaith will take part in the area's 100,000 Homes Registry Week beginning Sunday. The project, a joint effort in the area by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, FACETS, New Hope Housing, Pathway Homes and Volunteers of America Chesapeake, will create a registry that will give advocates a better look at who are the chronically homeless in the area. Reston Interfaith volunteers will gather names, photographs and qualitative information of the most vulnerable and chronically homeless people. In Reston, they will survey the Hypothermia Site at Camron Glen, the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, and local "hot spots" - areas where homeless are known to live outdoors…
Saturday, January 26, 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 meeting of the Board of Supervisors Human Services Committee this week, 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 and have had no success with other county programs, said Klein. In many cases, the county’s chronically homeless suffer from serious mental and physical …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
One in three homeless in Fairfax County area are children.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
There are 1,534 homeless people in the Fairfax area, according to a survey conducted early this year by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership. 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, the survey showed that persons in families that are homeless increased by 46 people from the previous year. The survey found that 33 percent of the 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 find out more about homelessness in …
Wednesday, March 7, 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, officials from the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness said on Tuesday. 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…
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
North County Hypothermia Program has helped bring people indoors.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Karen Goff
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
In the shadow of prime Reston real estate - the Fairfax County Police's Reston District Station, The Spectrum shopping center and pricey condos at The Paramount - a man named "Chuck" has staked out his spot. Chuck lives in a campsite that, even in the dead of winter, has a sense of permenence - tent firmly grounded with stakes, a mattress and house full of belongings inside. Chuck is one of a handful of Fairfax County homeless people who prefer to live this way rather than take advantage of the county's growing number of resources for the homeless. Steps away are Reston Interfaith's Embry Rucker Community Shelter and the North County Hypothermia Program. Men like Chuck sometimes take advantage of resources, says Sue Leo, a Fairfax County …