|The Patrick Henry Family Shelter.|
Fairfax County has begun the process to replace the Patrick Henry Family Shelter in Seven Corners. The shelter, located at 3080 Patrick Henry Drive within the Hollybrooke community, has 42 beds and can serve up to seven families.
Funding for that project, as well as a new Bailey’s Crossroads shelter on Seminary Road, was included in the human services bond passed by voters in November.
The new Patrick Henry shelter will be constructed on the existing site, said Dean Klein, director of the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. The project should take two to five years.
The building is obsolete and needs substantial repairs. The county has completed a building assessment and has requested bids for firms to carry out the demolition, design and construction of a new building and associated work.
The shelter is operated for the county by Shelter House Inc. In addition to housing, the facility provides case management, healthcare services, and life skills training. Families stay an average of 60 days.
“It’s a unique facility,” Klein says, because “it’s embedded in Seven Corners and easily accessible to transportation and opportunities for employment, childcare, and county services.”
Before construction starts, the county will develop a transition plan for residents. The goal is to ensure children won’t have to change schools.