298+ Virginia Families Housed in One Year

written by Kate Seif
June 19, 2013

In 2011, the Alliance joined forces with the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness and the Commonwealth of Virginia to address family homelessness in Virginia. The goal of this partnership, fostered by the governor’s office, was to expand the implementation of rapid re-housing in Virginia. In just the first year, we housed 298 additional families.

These results are certainly worth highlighting! In fact, the Alliance is hosting a congressional briefing for the Virginia U.S. congressional delegation titled “Statewide Success: On the Way to Ending Homelessness in Virginia.” The briefing will feature Nan Roman, the Alliance’s President, service providers from the commonwealth, and representatives from the governor’s office. During this briefing, we will focus on the essential role the governor played in our success.

With the signing of Executive Order 10, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell created a Housing Policy Framework for Virginia. Under this framework, the governor charged the Homeless Outcomes Advisory Committee with the task of addressing homelessness with increased rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing resources.

And the partnerships fostered by the Governor’s office have created significant reductions in the number of people experiencing homelessness through two parallel initiatives: one that built the expertise of homeless service providers to deliver rapid re-housing, and another that increased the resources available for rapid re-housing.

If you’re a Virginia resident and you’d like to see your Member of Congress and/or his staff attend this briefing, let me know! We can provide you with the pertinent details and help connect to you to your Members’ offices to ensure they hear about the great things happening and how we can replicate these successes nationwide.

Photo of Virginia Gov. Bob Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell courtesy of Virginia Guard Public Affairs.