Well done Fairfax County

Federal funds keep Fairfax County homeless programs afloat

Dean Klein, director of the county’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, credits new approaches included in Fairfax’s 10-year plan to end homelessness, such as the Housing Opportunities Support Teams, with preventing hundreds of families from entering the shelter system and with helping people return to stable housing sooner. The county Board of Supervisors adopted the 10-year plan in 2007.

HOST provides money to the county’s nonprofit partners so they can help clients who are facing eviction pay back rent, or provide subsidies for people who already are homeless. The program also can help pay utility bills. Nonprofit directors say the largest need has been for rent assistance.

“It allows us to be able to give financial assistance for people who are right on the edge,” Klein said.

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