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Volunteers Needed to Help Count Homeless

Volunteers organized by FACETS and other local nonprofits will spread out across Fairfax County to count, photograph, and get names and histories for everyone experiencing homelessness for the county’s first ever “Registry Week,” a component of the 100,000 Homes Campaign,” beginning on Monday, Feb. 25, at various locations around Fairfax County. Geo tracking will be used to help pinpoint where the homeless live so they do not get counted twice. The personalized data will help the nonprofits and local governments make important decisions about how to prioritize and allocate housing and support resources.

More than 200 volunteers are needed countywide.

Partners include: FACETS, Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, New Hope Housing, Pathway Homes, Reston Interfaith, Volunteers of America Chesapeake.

Fairfax County has nearly 2,900 homeless—of these about 300 are chronically homeless. Supporting the county’s 10-year plan to end homelessness, the 100,000 Homes Campaign is focused on building efficient local systems that target resources to the most vulnerable individuals quickly and predictably. An important part of the campaign focuses on creating profiles of people to ensure that the homeless are counted as real people and that their progress in finding housing and services can be better tracked. By using the campaign’s tools and metrics, the county’s partners anticipate getting half of the most vulnerable, chronically homeless in supportive housing in three years—which will save money and possibly lives.

Interested volunteers should call 703-352-5090 or visit FacetsCares.org.