A Growing Epidemic of Evictions in Fairfax County

In the 1980’s, I worked at a shelter for families and single adults who were returning to the community after hospitalization for mental illness. It quickly became clear to me that many are only one or two paychecks away from having to make difficult decisions about paying for housing, for food or for medication. Over 30 years later, this is still true.

Our health and well-being are directly related to numerous factors, including stable housing. Fairfax County continues to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness, but income levels aren’t keeping pace with the cost of living in several areas of the county. Evidence suggests that there is an increase in evictions in our county, especially among people of color and our most vulnerable neighbors.

Alliance for Human Services

On June 13, the Fairfax County Alliance for Human Services’ annual meeting will feature a panel discussion, “There’s a Knock at Our Door: The Growing Epidemic of Evictions and Housing Instability in Our Community,” at 7:30 pm at Little River United Church of Christ, 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to the public.

Speakers will discuss how evictions affect the lives of county residents and Virginians, and lead a conversation about what we, as caring citizens, can do to stem this increase. Presenters include: Dipti Pidikiti-Smith, Deputy Director of Advocacy, Legal Services of Northern Virginia; David Levine, President and CEO, Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services, Inc. and senior staff from the RVA Eviction Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University, who have conducted important research on the effect of evictions in Virginia. I invite you to join me at the panel discussion and to consider exploring this issue and its impact on our community.

Samaritan Ministry Toiletries Drive

St. Alban’s is helping collect toiletries for Samaritan Ministry from May 19 until June 16. Below is a list of the toiletries that are currently being requested, but we are not limited to these. We just ask that all items be new and preferably full size.

Also, gift cards in $25 amounts to either Giant, Safeway, Target, Walmart, or Visa or Mastercard gift cards would be very much appreciated. (Gift cards should be handed directly to Deacon Theresa or Debbe Hughes at the church; other items may be brought to the collection area in the narthex.)

  • Body wash
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable razors
  • Face cloths
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion (small and medium sizes)
  • Non-alcoholic mouth wash
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Sun Screen
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes

For more info, please email Debbe Hughes at dhhcah@aol.com or call at (703) 507-7338.

ACCA Food Pantry Seeks Saturday Volunteers

The ACCA Food pantry is in the process of reorganizing and needs your help!

The Food Pantry is testing a new program of service to the Annandale community on Saturdays, and they need volunteer support. Volunteers will work from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on May 11, May 18, and June 1, handling a variety of tasks necessary to keep the Food Pantry running and in order.

To participate in this special Saturday pilot program (or to learn about other ways you can support this vital service in our community), please contact David Donahue at mcclinticct@verizon.net.

The food pantry needs volunteers to:

  • Dispose of spoiled or expired food
  • Serve as a food deliverer, as needed
  • Weigh food for inventory purposes
  • Clean the Pantry – sweep, mop and remove trash
  • Recycle plastic bags and cardboard
  • Stock shelves, as necessary

The ACCA Food Pantry is at 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA.  It’s on the west end of the grounds of the ACCA Child Development Center. Thank you for your support!