Our Focus on Housing
Individuals and families of the Northern Virginia community have not escaped the fallout from the nation housing crisis. Many groups are affected; single parent households, individuals, two parent families, employed, under employed, unemployed, young and old have been placed in precarious housing situations. Home values have fallen and interest rates have adjusted, making it impossible to pay the mortgage and other monthly bills, refinance or sell. Many face foreclosure, a process that has also negatively impacted renters. Prior to the burst of the housing bubble the region was already struggling, on the brink of crisis, due to a lack of affordable housing. The economic events of the past year compounded by job loss has crippled many and left others without an option.
NVFS seeks to restore families to a place of independence and self sufficiency. We do that through avast array of programs ranging from workforce development to child care, however, we believe the first and most crucial step is meeting the most basic need for safe and stable housing. Individuals can focus on little else, employment, health, wellness, if they do not have a place to rest at the end of the day.
We take a comprehensive approach to addressing the housing needs of our community, meeting individuals and families where ever they are in the continuum, from eviction prevention to emergency shelter, through transition to permanent housing. All along the way we support families with goal oriented case management that will provide lifelong learning and lasting connections to community resources. We maintain flexibility because no one set of solutions will meet all needs.