What's the latest and what does the future hold for Arlington's Expanded Housing Options (EHO) in the coming year? Community members joined us in person and virtually for an open and civil discussion of this important issue at the Lubber Run Community Center.
Homelessness, mental illness, and incarceration are deeply intertwined issues. In fact, individuals without stable housing are at greater risk for incarceration than the general population, mental health issues are prevalent among incarcerated populations, and many in our community face structural barriers to basic needs which result in disproportionate incarcerations.
The Arlington Committee of 100 discusses how the County is investing in coordinated systemic responses to assist people experiencing mental health or housing crises and the path forward. This program is a small chapter of the larger book on homelessness and mental health.
The Committee of 100 is looking at ways to expand this important discussion and amplify other issues in the homeless space. We encourage you to join us in that journey or allow us to support your efforts to lead future conversations for the community.
Thank you to our panel of County representatives for volunteering your time and expertise:
Nicole Dula, Housing Bureau Director, Arlington County Department of Human Services
Tiffany Jones, Marcus Alert Coordinator, Arlington County Department of Human Services
Michael Keen, Treatment on Wheels (TOW)/Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) and Mobile Outreach Support Team (MOST)
Steve Proud, Lieutenant, Arlington Police Department
We cannot escape it - climate change - it is literally everywhere.
We heard from experts on our community's key vulnerabilities: what the future holds from state and local climate projections; what our elected leaders are doing both locally and nationally; and what each of us can do to reduce the risks of climate threats to the people and places we love.
Our expert panel included:
Elenor Hodges, Executive Director, EcoAction Arlington
Marianne Lavelle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and reporter, Inside Climate News
Demetra J. McBride, Bureau Chief, Arlington County Office of Sustainability & Environmental Management
Evan McWalters, Legislative Assistant, US Senator Tim Kaine
The Arlington Committee of 100 kicked off our 2023-24 program season with QUIZ THE CANDIDATES NIGHT, in person at Lubber Run Community Center.
County Board candidates Audrey Clement, Maureen Coffey, Susan Cunningham and Juan Carlos Fierro were on hand to engage on local issues. Candidates are competing to fill two open seats in the November 7 off-year election.