Fairfax, VA 22030
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FACETS is a well-established nonprofit organization that touches and improves the lives of thousands of families and individuals every year. We open doors by helping people meet their emergency shelter, food, and medical needs, helping them gain safe, sustainable and permanent housing and working with them to end the cycle of poverty through educational, life skills and career counseling programs.Our multi-disciplinary professional staff manages a comprehensive range of programs and services and a volunteer base of several thousand. As a founding and active partner in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, FACETS is committed to working collaboratively in the county-wide effort to help our neighbors in need of safe and affordable housing. We invite you to be and feel a part of our work to open doors for people in need in Fairfax County.
FACETS offers outreach and support for single adults who are homeless or living in poverty. We seek out and identify people who are living on the streets or in the woods with the goal of helping them stabilize and ultimately move into housing. We also connect them with medical and dental resources. In FY10, nearly 30 adults who are chronically homeless worked with a FACETS case manager to formulate a service plan with attainable goals. Medical assistance is offered to single adults who are served by FACETS. In FY10, our staff helped 262 people connect with medical resources and benefits, including mental health services.
With the waitlist for families to enter a Fairfax County homeless shelter at a two-month minimum, FACETS is the only nonprofit to offer supportive services to families on the waitlist. Our caring case managers work with parents to develop service plans and specific goals, whether their families are precariously housed, temporarily living in area motels or on the verge of becoming homeless. In FY10, our family support team served a total of 792 individuals, 31% of whom were diverted from going into a homeless shelter and instead moved into permanent or transitional housing. Nearly 20% of adults received assistance with employment, and 18% with financial literacy, including budgeting and credit awareness.
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Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessnessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficience to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.
Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.
Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.Emergency Homeless Shelters both provide short term relief for the homeless and low income persons. Usually there is a maximum stay of 3 months or less. Many of these shelters ask their clients to leave during the day. Meals and other supportive services are often offered. 3 times out of 5 these shelters offer their services free of charge.