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.
COVID-19 Update: 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.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Fairfax; Robinson Square Community Center, Fairfax; Ragan Oaks Community Center, Fairfax; Barros Circle Community Center, Centreville; Wedgewood Community Center, Annandale; Next Steps Shelter, Alexandria
Age Groups Served: All
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Other
Population(s) Served: All; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
Awards & Recognition
Friends of Housing and Community Development Award - May 2015
Team Excellence Award: Role in Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program Code Compliance Team - Awarded by Fairfax County - November 2014
Project of the Year - Awarded by Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference - September 2014
Youth Group Effort of the Year - Awarded by Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference - September 2014
High-Performing Nonprofit - Awarded by the Taproot Foundation - October 2013
Best Community Life Program: FACETS’ Education and Community Development Program - Awarded by Housing and Urban Development (HAND) - June 2013
Large Nonprofit of the Year - Awarded by Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce - March 2013
- Partnering to Help Those in Need
Fri Sep 23 2011, Fairfax Times
Having a good partner can make all the difference. This holds true for nonprofits like FACETS, we could not operate without strong partners.
- Groups partner to collect supplies for homeless people
Mon Sep 13 2010, Washington Post
More than 200 supporters, volunteers and local residents stuffed 500 baskets full of supplies at the Fairfax County Government Center.
- Back-to-school a challenging time
Sun Aug 22 2010, Fairfax Times
"I was recently standing in line at Target behind a family buying school supplies. When I heard them remark that their total bill topped $300..."
- Fairfax program puts homeless families in permanent housing
Thu Apr 1 2010, Washington Post
The nonprofit FACETS is piloting a program to move homeless families straight into housing.
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