$10 million in federal grants to fund Fairfax County homelessness response

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FAIRFAX, VA — Fairfax County recently received $10 million in federal funding to fully fund 19 existing projects that provide rapid relocation and permanent housing with supportive services for people experiencing homelessness, according to a county statement.

The money Fairfax received was part of the $2.6 billion 2021 Practice Continuum of Care Competition Awards, Secretary Marcia L. Fudge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced March 14 in Houston, Texas. Grants have been awarded to approximately 7,000 local homeless programs and services across the United States.

“These Continuum of Care program grants, coupled with historic US bailout resources, will provide communities with the resources needed to ensure that every person in a respective community has an equitable opportunity for a safe and stable home,” said Fudge, in an outing.

The $10 million represents a 9% increase ($842,143) over what Fairfax County received in fiscal year 2020. The money is primarily used to support the expansion of the relocation program Shelter House domestic violence case.

“Programs funded with these HUD resources can help these individuals find safe and affordable housing, pay rent if needed, and provide the supports and resources to help them stay housed and improve their independence and stability.” , said Tom Barnett, deputy. director of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, in a statement.

Shelter House is just one of many local organizations providing direct emergency assistance to homeless individuals and families. This could take the form of distributing blankets, food and clothing from car trunks to provide rapid relocation to victims of domestic violence.

“Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 households in Fairfax County and has even been called a ‘pandemic within a pandemic’ due to the high levels of violence and coercive control victims have experienced during this time of heightened isolation and financial hardship,” said Dani Colon, Deputy Executive Director of Shelter House. “Over the past fiscal year, Artemis House, Fairfax County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence, stalking and sex trafficking, has seen an unprecedented number of victims with need service. This new funding will ensure that our community is able to provide the essential support that victims of domestic violence and their children need to obtain and maintain safe housing, heal from trauma and rebuild their lives. »

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