Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH.

Today through rapid re-housing, Flagler serves triple the number of households at a third of the cost and with higher success rates. More than 600 households – approximately 1,500 individuals – throughout Central Virginia have been rapidly re-housed by Flagler. Nearly 90 percent of those households have remained housed one year later.

“Rapid re-housing is successful because it fills people’s most urgent need of housing stability first," said Kathleen Burke Barrett, CEO of St. Joseph’s Villa. “It preserves the dignity of individuals and families who have fallen on hard times, and gives them motivation to regain self?sustainability."

On any given night there are nearly 128,000 children in the United States who are homeless, according to NAEH. The organization's annual awards ceremony is designed to heighten the national conversation on the importance of ending homelessness for children and their families. Event attendees include representatives of Congress and the administration, corporate executives and other stakeholders.
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