Homelessness in our Community – FACETS’ presentation to the Tysons Partnership Community Responsibility Council

On Wednesday, April 21, Joe Fay, FACETS Executive Director, and Allison Coles, FACETS Director of Development and Communications, led our Community Responsibility Council in a discussion about homelessness / housing instability in Tysons and neighboring communities. (FACETS operated the temporary hypothermia shelter in Tysons, at the former Container Store location on Rte. 7,  from Dec. 2020 – March 2021.)

In the webinar (below), Joe and Allison shared some information that might surprise youfor example, some of the people who work in Tysons have neither adequate housing nor reliable access to basic survival needs.

Since 1988, FACETS has served children, families and individuals experiencing homelessness, poverty and hunger in Fairfax County. During the COVID-19 crisis, FACETS has remained on the frontlines and expanded its emergency services and basic needs programming to meet the greatest needs of our community’s most vulnerable. Response efforts are focused on: Shelter, Food, Emergency Financial Assistance, Eviction Prevention, Medical Outreach and Support for Virtual Learning.

About Joe Fay: Joe Fay is the Executive Director of FACETS. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Joe came to FACETS after a career leading information technology and services businesses serving government clients for TASC and Northrop Grumman.  Prior to that he founded a small business focusing on the design and development of human services systems for federal and state government agencies.  Joe’s nonprofit work began during his technology career, serving on the Board of Directors of Northern Virginia Family Service from 2002 through 2011. He rejoined the NVFS Board in 2013 and served as Board Chair from 2015 through 2017 when he joined FACETS.

About Allison Coles: A native of Atlanta and graduate of Emory University, Allison Coles is a non-profit and fundraising executive with more than 20 years’ experience serving the Northern Virginia community.  As a professional and as a volunteer, Allison has dedicated her time and talents to working with underserved and at-risk populations with a specific focus on homeless services and food insecurity. Currently, Allison is the Director of Development and Communications at FACETS, an organization founded in 1988 that works to break the cycle of homelessness, poverty and hunger in Fairfax County.

Tysons Partnership Members: Please email info@tysonspartnership.org if you’d like to join the Tysons Partnership Community Responsibility Council.