Design is underway for a facility that Fairfax County officials say will provide an “innovative” approach to housing homeless people in the county.
The shelter will be built at 5914 Seminary Road and will include 52 emergency shelter beds for single adults, four medical respite beds and an outdoor picnic and activity area. In the winter, services will include a hypothermia prevention program site with a “no turn-away” policy during freezing temperatures. There will also be room for a live-in staff of about 18 that will provide round-the-clock staffing, guidance and counseling.
Flexibility is key
According to the County’s website, “the facility is designed to provide flexibility where multiple needs can be met at one location. It will provide both emergency shelter to meet crisis for single individuals who are homeless, as well as permanent supportive housing units to allow us to provide permanent housing with intensive services. These services are needed for individuals who have been homeless for a long time and have significant barriers that have prevented them from being independent in our community.”
“This brand new facility will be our first in a new generation of modern facilities,” says Dean Klein, director of the county’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. “We have some very old facilities with a lot of wear and tear that weren’t built to accommodate the new models for housing our homeless population. This new facility will have much better efficiencies of our resources and staff to provide the best care possible to this vulnerable community.”
Opening planned in about two years
The new homeless shelter will replace the existing Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter located at 3525 Moncure Ave. Construction is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2018 and is expected to last until the following Fall. County officials hope the building will open in the late Fall of 2019.