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PWC Critical Receiving Center – You can help!

PWC Critical Receiving Center – You can help!

August 2022 Advocating for the Community – Faith in Action Any family that has experienced mental health challenges knows that mental health services are needed across a spectrum of capabilities, especially during a crisis. A call to “911” results in a response by police officers. If the family is lucky, they will encounter officers specifically trained for mental health crises. Do you know what happens next? Do you know what options are available to the person, the family or the officer here...

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Affordable Housing Update

Affordable Housing Update

August 2022 What do we mean by Affordable Housing and Why is it important to all PWC residents? Some statistics on issues PWC residents face when attempting to buy their first home: The median or mid-point sales price for a home in Prince William County has risen to $520,000.  The annual median income for a Prince William County resident is just over $109,000. The required down payment for first time home buyers ranges from 10% to 20% of the purchase price. Based on loan industry standards -...

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PWC Public Defender Office Update

August 2022 Parity funding for the Prince William County Public Defender Office is key to a fair and equitable system of restorative justice.  Low pay and heavy workloads make it difficult to recruit and retain high quality attorneys for the Public Defender’s Office.  Currently lawyers and staff of the PWC Public Defenders Office are paid less for the same work as the PWC Commonwealth Attorney’s VOICE is advocating the County Executive and Supervisors increase funding to bring pay for PWC PD...

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Crisis Receiving Center Update

August 2022 Early in 2021, VOICE leaders in Prince William County (PWC) began a campaign, together with key allies, to create a Crisis Receiving Center (CRC) –a facility where police and the wider public can take people suffering from a mental health crisis instead of being warehoused in a hospital emergency room or locked in jail. After a long, hard-fought campaign, VOICE was able to successfully secure $10m in funding ($7.5m from the county, $2.5m from the state), which will allow the CRC to...

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Affordable Housing Update

Affordable Housing – May 2022 Update

URGENT ACTION NEEDED The Prince William County Board of County Supervisors will meet on Tuesday, May 10, at 2:00 and 7:30 to consider the draft Comprehensive Plan, which includes HOUSING. Now is the time to let your supervisor know your concerns about affordable housing in the County.  Your message can be brief or detailed.  Following are some talking points. We need affordable work force housing so our teachers, nurses, police officers, emergency personnel, and others who work in the county...

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Critical Receiving Units – Apr 2022 Update

Critical Receiving Units – Apr 2022 Update

June 1, 2022 Update: We have just learned that the General Assembly has included the $2.5m in operating expenses for the new Prince William mental health County Crisis Receiving Center (CRC) into the state's final budget agreement!! This means that VOICE, together with key allies, has organized a total of $10m towards the creation of the desperately-needed CRC. (Prince William County had already approved  $7.5 million towards the creation of a Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) in the County!)...

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Affordable Housing Update

Housing Facts and Figures – Prince William County

The area median income (AMI) for a family of three in the area is $109,200. Home Ownership There are no units in the County available for purchase for households making 30% of AMI or $32,760 and below. The greatest lack of affordably priced housing occurs at about 120% of AMI or average medium income of $131,030.  The number of households with income at this level is 2.5 times the number of housing units available. Rental Housing The greatest rental needs are for those making $32,760 or less...

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Affordable Housing Update

Prince William County Housing

Prince William County is experiencing a housing shortage crisis.  As part of the County update to the Comprehensive Plan, the County consultants forecast a shortage of 19,000 housing units if nothing changes in current housing zoning and density policies. VOICE – Did You Know? In the last three years, the average home listing prices in Prince William County increased from $422K to $526K.  Currently there is roughly one home on the market for every five perspective buyers.  Home ownership is...

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Elections 2021 – A Message from Fr. John

Elections 2021 – A Message from Fr. John

A Message from Fr. John Dear parishioners, Very recently we published a message called Faithful Citizenship: Pro-Life. Please take a moment to read this important message as it forms the background to this message. It contains excerpts from the US Bishops document on Faithful Citizenship which goes into more detail as to what issues determine if a person is truly pro-life. As the bishops stated , “ We strongly encourage you to know the candidates and their positions on abortion, Euthanasia....

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What is your Election Plan?

What is your Election Plan?

Do you have a plan on where and how you will vote in upcoming November 2 General Election?  The St. Francis of Assisi parish VOICE ministry has already sponsored a successful Voter Registration campaign on the weekend of September 25/26 - and now it is time to "Get Out the Vote". You might be a registered Democrat, Republican, or as a non-affiliated voter. But if you are a Catholic it is important to vote. Why as Catholics is it important to vote?  Parishes need to promote a revived sense of...

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