Most people experiencing homelessness in Fairfax are working parents and their children who have fallen on hard times. Family PASS takes them under its wing, quickly moving them from shelters into stable housing and offering long-term, comprehensive support. Case managers settle families into their new homes, provide basics including furniture and household goods, and connect them to subsidies for rent, transportation, and childcare. Over a period of months (and up to three years), they help each family work toward independence, empowering clients to resolve their own challenges everything from fixing clogged drains to reducing debt and to achieve their goals for education and job skills training. The results are lasting: since 2006, 97% of Family PASS clients have remained housed and self-sufficient, becoming productive members of the Fairfax community and securing a promising future for their children. You can lend a hand.

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Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Family Preservation and Strengthening Services is: Less than $500k

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About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

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