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Thomas, 40, an unemployed carpenter who has been living in the woods near Reston Town Center since Christmas Eve, agreed to be interviewed by volunteers and homeless advocates during Registry Week. Wearing a dark blue hoodie for warmth, Thomas was one of the 462 chronically homeless individuals interviewed during Registry Week.

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Putting a Face on Homelessness

462 homeless interviewed during Registry Week, an intense effort to document Fairfax County’s chronic homeless.

"We have to step up to this question. … Are we going to walk away from this tonight and say, 'That's just the way people live?’ Well, it's not the way people should live." —Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill)


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