News Briefs

November 29 – December 5, 2007

Falls Church Winter Shelter Opens Dec. 1

Friends of the Falls Church Winter Shelter announced this week that its shelter facility on Gordon Road in the City of Falls Church will open again this year on Dec. 1, and will remain open nightly through March 31, 2008. This will mark the 13th successive year of operation of the emergency overflow center, which takes in overflow from the Bailey’s Crossroads Shelter. The shelter, located on City-owned property, has the capacity to house 10 men and two women. Volunteers provided new flooring, sink, cabinets, painting and bathroom fixtures over the summer. A warm bed, hot dinner, breakfast and counseling are provided. The shelter will open daily at 6 p.m. and residents must leave the premises by 7:30 a.m. “We want to thank the Falls Church community for its financial and volunteer support over the years,” said the Friends’ Ron Brousseau.


F.C. Council Allocates Federal $

The Falls Church City Council Monday allocated $83,332 in Community Development Block Grant funds and $47,577 in HOME program funds to 11 local public interest organizations. Other than administration, only three of the programs, all housing related, received the amount they requested, however, as the City received only 70% of the funds it originally anticipated. The City’s Housing and Human Services First Time Homebuyer Assistance was awarded $42,087 of the $45,000 it requested, its Tenant-Based Rental Assistance subsidy program got its full request of $47,577 and A-Home Homeownership Counciling for all $10,000 it requested. But Homestretch’s Ives House Transitional Housing for Women got only $3,600 of its $27,500 request, Mt. Daniel’s Family Literacy program got half its $4,100 request, and the City’s emergency monetary assistance was given only $750 out of a request for $3,000. The City’s Tenant Based Rental Assistance Administration got only $5,000 out of $15,000 requested.


World AIDS Day Celebration Friday

The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM) with offices in the City of Falls Church is presenting its inaugural “Concert for Hope” Friday night, a musical celebration in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. A 70-member Howard University Gospel Choir, with a five-piece band, highlights the program, along with the D.C. Drum Ministry of the Unity Fellowship and the popular duet, Jason and DeMarco. The event will be at the Kenmore Middle School auditorium in Arlington. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets from $25 to $75 to benefit NOVAM can be purchased there.

Dem Presidential Candidates in Tysons Friday

The major Democratic presidential candidates will be present at the Democratic National Committee meeting Friday at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel in Tysons Corner, and will take turns making public remarks. The meeting is open on a first-come, first-served basis to the public. The first round of candidates will speak between 10:30 and 12:30 p.m., and the second round between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Candidates have been contacting their supporters and urging them to show up early and attend.


News-Press Announces Holiday Party

The Falls Church News-Press announced that its 18th annual Holiday Party will be held Monday, Dec. 17, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, 222 N. Washington St. (next to the State Theatre). An ensemble of musicians from George Mason High School will entertain, and Ledo’s Pizza will cater the event.