As part of our mission here, our organization supports those who are homeless through case management, a sustainable housing program, an emergency shelter, and a safe house for domestic violence victims in order so that they may all find permanent housing within our area. What is astounding to us, as well as many of ACTS’ donors and volunteers, is the fact that so many are without homes in this area when we are located a mere 30 miles from our nation’s capital. In this fiscal year alone, our housing programs have managed to:
- Shelter 27 adults and 37 children, and place 2 families into permanent housing through our Family Shelter
- Place 24 adults and 54 children into our safe house, and helped 4 families find permanent housing
- Serve 50 individuals through our affordable housing program
- Place 6 families who were in our transitional housing program into permanent housing
- Place 18 families from our rapid rehousing program into permanent housing
Therefore, we are reaching out on behalf of our homeless clients, as well as the people we serve who are at risk of losing their homes, to urge you to contact your local congressional representative in support of increasing funding for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program to $2.487 billion in FY 2017. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program is ending homelessness, which half a million Americans experience on any given night. The lack of a stable home harms the most vulnerable in our country, strains communities' emergency systems, and is unacceptable in a nation with the wealth and principles of ours.
These increases would mean continued support of effective Housing First programs like permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing. This would allow us to make progress toward ending homelessness for families, youth, and individuals, building on the success of communities across the country that are already declaring an end to veteran homelessness. This is not a bipartisan issue; the lives of our neighbors are at risk. These increases are critical if we hope to further the progress being made to end homelessness in Prince William County.
If you would like to add your voice in this matter, please follow this link for more information, and thank you for your ongoing support.