CORRECTED; 1:33 p.m. 10/29/2014 to reflect accurate breakdown of housing
- Reaches community goal set in 2011
- Part of national 100,000 Homes, state 1,000 Homes for 1,000 Virginians campaigns
- Celebration planned Wednesday, Oct. 29
ARLINGTON – Arlington's 100 Homes Campaign has reached its goal of housing 100 homeless Arlingtonians, and will celebrate the achievement Wednesday, Oct. 29 as part of the annual Community Meeting on Homelessness.
The meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will be held at the National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association (NRECA) Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203. The public is invited.
“This is an important milestone in our efforts to prevent and end homelessness,” said County Board Chairman Jay Fisette. “The 100 Homes Campaign, in particular, has demonstrated that by working together we can accomplish so much. It's wonderful to see residents, non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, the business community and County government coming together to make a difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable neighbors.”
The 100 Homes Campaign was part of the state's 1,000 Homes Campaign and the national 100,000 Homes Campaign. It launched in October 2011 with teams of volunteers and County and non-profit staff combing the streets of Arlington in the early morning hours to identify those who were at greatest risk. County and non-profit case managers and housing specialists then worked with individuals to get them housed and stabilized.
Virginia Secretary of Veteran and Defense Affairs to speak
John Harvey, Virginia's Secretary of Veteran and Defense Affairs, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Community Meeting on Homelessness. He will address new state initiatives to end veteran homelessness in Virginia by December 2015.
Other speakers include State Senator Barbara Favola, County Board Chair Jay Fisette, and Walter Tejada, County Board member and co-chair of the Arlington County 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness Leadership Consortium.
How we housed 100 homeless Arlingtonians
This community effort included non-profit partners in a collaboration with County staff to house our most vulnerable homeless persons.
We reached the goal of housing 100 homeless Arlingtonians by creatively using existing housing resources and leveraging new resources dedicated specifically to the people identified through the 100 Homes. We housed people through the following programs:
- Arlington County Permanent Supportive Housing — 63 housed
- Housing Grant or Housing choice voucher — 12 housed
- Veterans (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Voucher) — 11 housed
- Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing — 13 housed
- Mary Marshall Assisted Living Residence — 1 housed
For the 100 people housed, 93 are still in housing. Many of those housed had lived on the streets for years (27 years in one case) and had significant barriers to accessing and maintaining housing.
“The retention rate has been remarkable,” said Kathy Sibert, who is president and chief executive officer of A-SPAN. “The key to this success is the supportive services that come with the housing. Case managers have done an outstanding job working with the clients to address issues like managing finances, maximizing employment and benefits, and connecting with mental health and substance abuse services.”
The 100 Homes Campaign is just one of the efforts underway in Arlington to meet the goal of the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness – to ensure that no individual or family shall lack access to decent, affordable housing. The County also is constructing a new Homeless Services Center, which is scheduled to open in 2015, at 2020 14th Street North.