We Did It! We Housed 100 Homeless Arlingtonians!
The 100 Homes Campaign was a community effort that included non-profit partners in a collaboration with County staff to house our most vulnerable homeless persons.
“This is an important milestone in our efforts to prevent and end homelessness,” said Jay Fisette, who was chairman of the County Board when the goal was reached. “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.
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 community’s efforts 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.
- Zero 2016: Arlington has been selected to participate in this national initiative to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
- New Homeless Services Center: The County is constructing a new Homeless Services Center, which is scheduled to open in 2015, at 2020 14th Street North. Center operations will focus on quickly transitioning people from shelter to stable, permanent housing.