Fairfax County is one of the wealthiest in the nation, yet over 60,000 people live below the poverty line: requests for food and rental assistance, and help in paying utilities, are in the thousands. Serving over 2,000 people a year, FACETS aims to rapidly re-house those who have lost their homes, and prevent homelessness for those in the most at-risk circumstances. From providing daily on-call services to preventing hypothermia in the brutal winter months, from reaching out to single adults and families in danger of eviction or foreclosure to providing permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals, FACETS believes that a stable home for the county’s most vulnerable people comes first. A Homeless Healthcare program connects individuals to much-needed health and dental services, while Hot Meals serves over 20,000 free meals a year. With an active volunteer base of over 3,000, FACETS serves those in the greatest need – and mobilizes the community to do the same.
Food distribution from the Daily Hot Meals program doubled almost overnight at the beginning of the pandemic and meets the needs of over 1000 clients; ensuring housing resource availability for clients with speed and urgency has been a top priority. In partnership with Fairfax County, FACETS also operates an Isolation and Quarantine shelter where vulnerable and unhoused people can safely quarantine or isolate while receiving case management support from staff.