Poll: Should the County Do More About Homelessness?

Do you think the Prince William County government is doing enough to help the area's homeless population?

We reported this week on the , including a large number of military veterans.

Here is some of the other coverage we've done of homelessness in the area:

  • In August, we reported on how some of the local homeless population .
  • In March, we covered the state police along the Dale City exit of Interstate 95. We also had .
  • In January, we , a homeless man who was found dead in his tent.

The Board of County Supervisors has approved resolutions of support for the Prince William Area Continuum of Care Ten-Year Plan to address homelessness. The plan addresses four major goals: prevention, supportive services, employment and training, and affordable housing.

Here is our question to you: Should the Prince William County Government be doing more to address the problem of homelessness? Feel free to elaborate on your position in the comments below. Does the county do enough already, or even spend too many resources in that area? Should the county be re-thinking where to spend the resources it currently has? What should the county do differently, if anything? We want to know what you think.

Nathan Curby November 11, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Thanks for mentioning Streetlight, Rob! We're going to be writing about their work soon.
Dan Telvock November 11, 2011 at 03:17 PM
If the county held a fundraiser and asked for a $1 from every resident, they'd have about $400,000 in a single day to help with this issue.
Lizzie M. Johnson November 11, 2011 at 05:31 PM
My heart really goes out to the homeless. I am out in the neighborhood a lot and i quiver when I see men and women in the predicament they are in. I take the time to talk to them and they tell me their story. I pray that I will never have to tell the story. There is an organization called Virginia Coalition to end Homelessness and Prince William County if you have not partnered in with them we need to. You can find them on the web.There are some homeless people that had great jobs and big homes but are now homeless. Our leaders need to come out of their offices some time and have a conversation with them. You will be surprised of what they have to say. Yes this is Lizzie Johnson again. Have a great day.
Nathan Curby November 11, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Thanks for commenting, Lizzie!
John Bonich November 11, 2011 at 10:22 PM
I've seen counties and cities that "open their hearts wide" so to speak, only to be flocked by homeless people from other area taking advantage of the resources given them without making an effort to get back on their feet. One thing we need to do not become a "welfare" county that gets taken advantage of is figure out WHY there's a sharp rise of homeless people in the county first, then work on developing programs that assist them in getting work as opposed to enabling them. From what my friends who've had to stay there tell me, The Hilda Barg shelter does a good job of this by enforcing strict rules for those who stay there.


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