Empowerment is about support after the crisis, offering a choice of resources such as a coach/case manager, job search and readiness support, financial counseling and other opportunities to guide clients toward long-term success.
Healthy Families Fairfax provided in-home support to at-risk families, including 174 parents and 147 children (pre-natal to 36 months) to encourage healthy pregnancies, strengthen the parent-child bond, and help ensure all children reach developmental milestones.
For the 484 clients (including 102 families with 232 children) who successfully leave homelessness and enter Permanent Housing Programs, Cornerstones makes available wrap-around services to strengthen the clients’ self-sufficiency. Cornerstones also prevents and diverts homelessness for targeted clients by providing financial resources and rapid rehousing, keeping individuals and families permanently housed and out of the trauma of homelessness.
Cornerstones Housing Corporation’s affordable housing stock comprises 53 scattered site townhomes and condos and a 48-unit garden-style community in North Reston. Recognizing that shelter alone is not sufficient for residents’ success and well-being, Cornerstones offers a resident services program called “Housing Opportunities Strengthen Everyone” (H.O.U.S.E) at all its properties.
Cornerstones’ Connection for Hope Partnership, in conjunction with the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center, links private and public partners, businesses, and volunteers in a collaborative effort to help low-income and homeless residents achieve greater self-sufficiency through hands-on case management, referral services and direct programming. In FY 2015 1,049 individuals, including 292 families and 327 children, engaged in one or more of the many services and programs provided by Cornerstones and its partners. These include new life-skills classes, pro bono legal support, job-readiness training and other human services, and arts and cultural activities. In addition, vulnerable children and youth benefitted greatly from the enriching after-school clubs, summer programs, and teen leadership opportunities offered on a year-round basis.