Addressing Poverty and Homelessness in Fairfax County, VA: Women's Organizations Take the Lead

Women's organizations in Fairfax County, VA are taking the lead in tackling poverty and homelessness. To be successful, there must be a strong community will and the participation of nonprofit community service providers. These organizations provide emergency shelter, food, outreach, prevention and assistance services, the operation of the area's shelter system, the prevention of hypothermia during the winter months, and the provision of transitional and permanent housing programs. They also enter customer information into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to validate customer information and make data available for the entire community. New Hope Housing operates 6 shelters, 3 short-term supportive housing programs, and 9 permanent supportive housing programs, as well as outreach, prevention, and employment programs in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church counties.

Cornerstones promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and promotion to people in need in northwest Fairfax County and the Dulles corridor. FACETS opens doors by helping parents, their children and people suffering from the effects of poverty in Fairfax County. Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), established in 1924, actively helps residents of Fairfax County and elsewhere access safe and affordable housing. Fairfax County receives federal and state funding through the Community Services Block Grant program to provide services to individuals and families with incomes below 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board (CAAB) is responsible for managing CSBG funds. These organizations are making a huge difference in the lives of those affected by poverty and homelessness in Fairfax County.

With their help, individuals can access resources that will help them build a better life for themselves. By working together with nonprofit partners, these organizations are helping to create a stronger community that is better equipped to address these issues.