The face of homelessness across America is changing, and in northern Virginia, one Fairfax County organization is helping to adapt to its new needs.
According to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, there are nearly 3,500 homeless people throughout Northern Virginia. A 2010 Fairfax County study showed more than 1,500 homeless people in Fairfax County alone.
“But the homeless are no longer who you think they are,” said Christy Eaton, director of Chantilly-based nonprofit HomeAid Northern Virginia. “A lot of people have the stereotype that the homeless person is the individual guy on the street begging for change, but that’s no longer the majority demographic of today’s homeless population.
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