Each year hundreds of individuals living on the streets, in cars, and abandoned buildings in Fairfax County/City search for shelter from the often bitter winter weather. Beginning late in November FACETS works with 34 faith communities to offer safe places to sleep and nutritious meals to men and women who are homeless through our Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program. This program is one of five operated across Fairfax and Falls Church in partnership with the Fairfax County government.
In operation since 2003, the program has evolved from solely offering a safe haven to also offering life-enhancing programs. Last year FACETS served 242 guests in our Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program. Approximately half of these guests participated in case management services, leading to 61 individuals not returning to sleeping in the woods, their cars or on the streets at the conclusion of the program.