Save the Date! Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Mental Health Featuring Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe
When: Monday, August 5, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Oates Theater at Collegiate School, 103 N. Mooreland Rd., Richmond, VA 23229
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Advocate for Housing This Tuesday, July 30!
Calls, e-mails and a showing at the County Board Room on Tuesday July 30, 2013 are needed to support the Board's Decision to "Authorize the Residential Studio Unit" moving to the Planning Commission Stage!
WHY is this important? Because EVERYONE benefits when people who make $45K annually, and below, have an opportunity to live, work and play in the communities where they have grown up, worked, lost employment, retired, graduated from college, divorced, become disabled, etc. The list is endless. We are coming together from the Affordable Housing, Homeless, Disability and Long Term Care Communities to let the Board of Supervisor's know--WE MUST INVEST IN FAIRFAX and that means investing in creating opportunities for everyone---starting with a home of our own!
Click here for an Action Alert, and click here for Talking Points from CSB. The most important advocacy here is YOUR story and why affordable housing is a community issue that makes our entire County stronger and less reliant on crisis driven, expensive interventions!
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion for authorization to advertise public hearings for a proposed zoning amendment for Residential Studio Units (RSUs) at their Board meeting on July 30.
Housing proponents have been advocating for this amendment since 2005, when it was included in a list of recommendations made by the 2003 SRO Task Force, a broad-based work group composed of County staff, housing developers (for profit and nonprofit), human service providers, and members of faith communities studying this model as a housing option for homeless single persons.
Over the last 18 months, County staff from the Department of Planning and Zoning have worked with community groups to develop amendment language that meets all of the legal and zoning concerns around development of this housing type. The result is language that, through the Special Exception process, balances the flexibility needed to encourage development with appropriate controls for the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors to maintain the character of surrounding neighborhoods.
The proposed amendment for RSUs allows the development of up to 75 small efficiencies for individuals earning up to 60% of the area median income.To facilitate mixed income development, there is no income restriction for up to twenty percent of the total number of units. The amendment language encourages development near collector streets or major thoroughfares, with adherence to all height, set-back and open space requirements for the proposed zoning district. Parking requirements are reduced, taking into consideration the driving patterns or use of mass transit by the residents.
There is a chronic shortage of small affordable efficiencies in Fairfax County which can provide homes for extremely low income and homeless singles. This housing type is also suitable for moderate income singles - college graduates, retired persons, single elderly persons and many others.
The Alliance urges supporters to attend the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, July 30 at 9:30 to show our elected officials the importance of this issue to the community. This is not a public hearing on this proposal, but it is important to attend to listen to the debate on regarding a housing solution for vulnerable singles that we have worked on for over ten years.
The Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission is currently deciding whether to expand Medicaid in Virginia. Medicaid expansion will insure 400,000 people, many of whom live with mental illness. It may also create up to 30,000 health care jobs.
The Commission is interested in hearing the opinions of individual citizens. Click here to sign a petition in support of Medicaid expansion. Click here to visit the Commission's website.
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Ways to become involved
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NAMI-NoVA and Advocacy
NAMI Northern Virginia supports advocacy in the local community through our programs of support and education. These programs are in part designed to reduce stigma and to promote opportunities for individuals to live fully in the community. In addition, critical issues arise regularly within local, State, and Federal governments concerning budget and policy matters that greatly effect the well being of individuals and their families.
We encourage all persons interested in mental health to stay informed about budget and policy matters. In addition to articles available in newspapers and periodicals, NAMI Virginia and NAMI Northern Virginia regularly send out emails and newsletters that describe current issues and background information about them. Your letters, emails, and other contacts with your Congressional representatives, Delegates, Senators, Supervisors and others help them understand the effects of their decisions on individuals with mental illness.
On occasion, NAMI Virginia and NAMI Northern Virginia may be asked to take a specific policy position on a given issue. Some of the positions may reflect broad consensus within our membership, for example, avoiding the reduction of hospital beds in the area that would reduce treatment options. In such cases, the NAMI Northern Virginia may adopt a policy position and present that position to our governmental officials.
Other issues may be more complex, such as the benefits or effectiveness of certain treatment modalities. In such cases, NAMI Northern Virginia believes that it has a role in keeping the membership informed about the issues, for example through its Speakers meetings, but may decline to take a position on that particular issue. It is important, of course, that diverse views are respected and that everyone involved in these discussions understand that we are all working toward the same goal: improved quality of life and recovery for ourselves and our loved ones.
Ways to become involved:
1. Learn about the issues through:
2. Write your representatives (Look up my Legislator)
3. Become a Stigma Buster
4. Volunteer with NAMI-NoVA to help raise awareness and reduce stigma
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FAIRFAX COUNTY (and included regions: Fairfax City, Town of Vienna, Town of Herndon)
FALLS CHURCH, City of
Action Alert (PDF File)
Talking Points (PDF File)