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New approach to ending homelessness in Fairfax County

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New Hope Housing is celebrating the opening of Mondloch Place, a unique facility along Lockheed Boulevard.

Over the past month, 20 single adults who were homeless for "many, many years" moved in to fully-furnished efficiency apartments.

They pay 30% of their income in rent, and those without income must still pay $50 a month.

About half of the residents selected for the project were counted in the 100K Homes Registry Week in February, in other words, listed as the country's most vulnerable homeless.

The apartment building has voluntary on-site support services, but it is not a program.

Those behind the project say, it's permanent housing and in the long run, it pays off for Fairfax County as well.

According to Executive Director Pam Michell, "The county is paying for it no matter what, because of what you're paying for in terms of people going to the hospital, mental heath services, and going to jail because when people don't have a place to live, that's trespassing."

She says, "Housing is first. Until you know where you're sleeping at night and where your food is coming from it's hard to focus on anything else.

That's the philosophy of this place."

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