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Letter to Governor McDonnell (9-14-10) Regarding Route 1 Homeless

Letter to Governor McDonnell (9-14-10) Regarding Route 1 Homeless

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This is a letter I wrote to Governor McDonnell regarding strategies for assisting with homeless populations on U.S. 1.
This is a letter I wrote to Governor McDonnell regarding strategies for assisting with homeless populations on U.S. 1.

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 COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
H
OUSE OF
D
ELEGATES
 
RICHMOND
DISTRICT: (571) 249-4484 RICHMOND: (804) 698-1044 EMAIL: delSSurovell@house.virginia.gov
UGO
SCOTT A. SUROVELL
PO BOX 289MOUNT VERNON, VIRGINIA 22121FORTY-FOURTH DISTRICTCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS:CITIES, COUNTIES & TOWNSSCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
September
 
14,
 
2010
 
Hon.
 
Robert
 
F.
 
McDonnell
 
Office
 
o
 
the
 
Governor
 
Patrick
 
Henry
 
Building,
 
Third
 
Floor
 
1111
 
East
 
Broad
 
Street
 
Richmond,
 
VA
 
23219
 
Re:
 
Homeless
 
Initiatives
 
for
 
2011
 
Legislative
 
Session
 
Dear
 
Governor
 
McDonnell:
 
I
 
am
 
writing
 
to
 
follow
 
up
 
to
 
your
 
recent
 
visit
 
to
 
the
 
Mondloch
 
House
 
on
 
U.S.
 
1.
 
I
 
hope
 
you
 
found
 
the
 
visit
 
interesting,
 
eye
opening,
 
and
 
informative.
 
Both
 
of 
 
us
 
grew
 
up
 
in
 
the
 
Mount
 
Vernon
 
Community
 
 just
 
off 
 
U.S.
 
1.
 
Growing
 
up,
 
I
 
always
 
knew
 
U.S.
 
1
 
was
 
different,
 
but
 
until
 
I
 
began
 
knocking
 
doors
 
in
 
the
 
U.S.
 
1
 
corridor,
 
I
 
did
 
not
 
truly
 
appreciate
 
the
 
depth
 
and
 
breadth
 
of 
 
the
 
poverty
 
that
 
exists
 
in
 
many
 
parts
 
of 
 
our
 
community
 
or
 
the
 
struggles
 
that
 
many
 
people
 
in
 
my
 
district
 
experience
 
on
 
a
 
daily
 
basis.
 
At
 
one
 
point
 
during
 
the
 
event,
 
you
 
asked
 
someone
 
where
 
the
 
homeless
 
people
 
live
 
in
 
the
 
woods.
 
In
 
terms
 
of 
 
my
 
district,
 
between
 
Woodlawn
 
&
 
Alexandria,
 
there
 
are
 
several
 
locations:
 
 
There
 
was
 
a
 
homeless
 
camp
 
in
 
8
 
acres
 
of 
 
woods
 
recently
 
deeded
 
to
 
Fairfax
 
County
 
for
 
a
 
park
 
behind
 
the
 
property
 
that
 
used
 
to
 
be
 
a
 
K
Mart,
 
Chuck
E
Cheese,
 
Service
 
Merchandise,
 
next
 
door
 
to
 
the
 
old
 
Duck
 
Pin
 
bowling
 
alley
 
and
 
trailer
 
park
 
in
 
Penn
 
Daw.
 
About
 
five
 
years
 
ago,
 
the
 
property
 
owner
 
had
 
to
 
file
 
an
 
eviction
 
action
 
so
 
get
 
the
 
police
 
the
 
authority
 
to
 
remove
 
them
 
from
 
the
 
woods.
 
 
There
 
is
 
area
 
behind
 
the
 
Hybla
 
Valley
 
shopping
 
center
 
that
 
was
 
formerly
 
a
 
Zayre
 
&
 
Thieves’
 
Market
 
where
 
the
 
homeless
 
tend
 
to
 
camp.
 
 
There
 
is
 
a
 
power
 
line
 
right
of 
way
 
that
 
runs
 
behind
 
the
 
developments
 
(Sequoyah,
 
Seven
 
Woods,
 
Pinewood
 
Lakes)
 
on
 
the
 
west
 
side
 
of 
 
Buckman
 
Road
 
along
 
the
 
border
 
of 
 
Huntley
 
Meadows
 
Park
 
 –
 
many
 
people
 
live
 
there.
 
 
There
 
are
 
many
 
woods
 
along
 
Little
 
Hunting
 
Creek
 
from
 
near
 
your
 
old
 
house
 
and
 
then
 
following
 
it
 
west
 
where
 
it
 
goes
 
under
 
U.S.
 
1
 
and
 
back
 
along
 
Janna
 
Lee
 
Apartments
 
and
 
into
 
Huntley
 
Meadows
 
Park.
 
Many
 
people
 
live
 
in
 
the
 
woods
 
and
 
come
 
out
 
to
 
forage
 
in
 
the
 
dumpsters
 
from
 
U.S.
 
1’s
 
many
 
restaurants.
 
Additionally,
 
I
 
have
 
heard
 
other
 
people
 
tell
 
me
 
that
 
the
 
U.S.
 
1
 
corridor
 
in
 
Virginia
 
 
 
frequently
 
serves
 
as
 
a
 
“highway”
 
of 
 
sorts
 
that
 
homeless
 
people
 
traverse
 
up
 
and
 
down
 
the
 
east
 
coast
 
due
 
to
 
the
 
proximity
 
of 
 
woods,
 
restaurant
 
dumpsters,
 
and
 
hitchhiking
 
opportunities
 
along
 
the
 
road.
 
One
 
eye
 
opening
 
moment
 
for
 
me
 
occurred
 
when
 
some
 
of 
 
my
 
constituents
 
took
 
me
 
back
 
in
 
the
 
woods
 
along
 
Quander
 
Creek
 
off 
 
U.S.
 
1
 
during
 
my
 
campaign
 
for
 
a
 
tour.
 
I
 
had
 
seen
 
the
 
shopping
 
carts
 
and
 
trash
 
in
 
other
 
woods
 
before,
 
but
 
it
 
had
 
never
 
occurred
 
to
 
me
 
that
 
people
 
actually
 
permanently
 
lived
 
there.
 
After
 
the
 
2010
 
Session,
 
I
 
sponsored
 
a
 
community
 
cleanup
 
of 
 
Quander
 
Creek
 
and
 
among
 
other
 
things,
 
we
 
pulled
 
many
 
tents
 
and
 
blankets
 
out
 
of 
 
the
 
creek.
 
There
 
was
 
clear
 
evidence
 
that
 
people
 
had
 
regularly
 
raided
 
the
 
neighboring
 
Pizza
 
Hut
 
dumpster
 
(Chuck
E
Cheese
 
was
 
closed
 
for
 
renovations)
 
and
 
brought
 
scraps
 
down
 
to
 
eat.
 
There
 
were
 
dozens
 
of 
 
empty
 
beer
 
bottles
 
and
 
other
 
trash
 
strewn
 
through
 
the
 
woods.
 
I
 
have
 
enclosed
 
a
 
2006
 
Mount 
 
Vernon
 
Gazette
 
article
 
regarding
 
a
 
different
 
cleanup
 
of 
 
the
 
same
 
creek
 
that
 
discusses
 
the
 
homeless
 
in
 
the
 
woods
 
and
 
a
 
blogpost
 
I
 
did
 
regarding
 
our
 
cleanup
 
a
 
few
 
months
 
ago.
 
Shortly
 
after
 
I
 
was
 
elected,
 
I
 
took
 
the
 
same
 
tour
 
of 
 
New
 
Hope
 
that
 
you
 
did.
 
One
 
man
 
I
 
met
 
described
 
how
 
he
 
wanted
 
to
 
get
 
a
 
 job
 
when
 
he
 
was
 
homeless,
 
but
 
he
 
could
 
not
 
because
 
could
 
not
 
explain
 
to
 
anyone
 
how
 
to
 
get
 
in
 
touch
 
with
 
him
 
for
 
an
 
interview
 
without
 
a
 
phone
 
or
 
mailing
 
address.
 
By
 
giving
 
him
 
a
 
place
 
to
 
live
 
for
 
a
 
few
 
months,
 
some
 
training,
 
and
 
a
 
place
 
for
 
people
 
to
 
contact
 
him,
 
he
 
was
 
given
 
the
 
support
 
he
 
needed
 
to
 
get
 
back
 
on
 
his
 
feet.
 
Those
 
kinds
 
of 
 
things
 
never
 
occurred
 
to
 
me
 
because
 
I
 
had
 
never
 
really
 
talked
 
to
 
someone
 
who
 
had
 
been
 
in
 
that
 
position.
 
As
 
you
 
saw,
 
New
 
Hope
 
Housing
 
is
 
a
 
huge
 
operation.
 
My
 
delegate
 
seat
 
also
 
has
 
two
 
other
 
large
 
charities
 
focusing
 
on
 
homelessness
 
and
 
poverty
 
 –
 
United
 
Community
 
Ministries
 
and
 
Good
 
Shepherd
 
Housing
 
 –
 
and
 
numerous
 
other
 
churches
 
and
 
charities
 
who
 
help
 
as
 
well.
 
Unlike
 
most
 
other
 
parts
 
of 
 
the
 
County,
 
charities
 
are
 
some
 
of 
 
the
 
largest
 
private
 
employers
 
in
 
my
 
delegate
 
seat
 
after
 
INOVA
 
Hospital
 
and
 
the
 
Mount
 
Vernon
 
Estate.
 
Poverty,
 
homelessness,
 
and
 
economic
 
distress
 
is
 
a
 
powerful,
 
but
 
largely
 
hidden
 
driving
 
force
 
in
 
the
 
part
 
of 
 
Fairfax
 
County
 
that
 
you
 
and
 
I
 
grew
 
up
 
in.
 
During
 
your
 
tour
 
last
 
month,
 
New
 
Hope’s
 
Executive
 
Director,
 
Pam
 
Michell,
 
suggested
 
that
 
permanent
 
supportive
 
housing
 
is
 
a
 
long
term
 
solution
 
to
 
homelessness
 
and
 
shared
 
some
 
ideas
 
with
 
you.
 
First,
 
the
 
state
 
should
 
allow
 
State
 
Shelter
 
Grant
 
(SSG)
 
and
 
Temporary
 
Assistance
 
for
 
Needy
 
Families
 
(TANF)
 
funds
 
to
 
be
 
used
 
for
 
long
term
 
solutions
 
to
 
homelessness
 
instead
 
of 
 
limiting
 
them
 
to
 
shelter
 
and
 
transitional
 
housing.
 
Also,
 
the
 
State
 
Department
 
of 
 
Housing
 
and
 
the
 
Department
 
of 
 
Corrections
 
should
 
identify
 
how
 
to
 
use
 
current
 
funds
 
for
 
permanent
 
supportive
 
housing
 
and
 
other
 
long
term
 
solutions
 
to
 
homelessness.
 
Additionally,
 
in
 
light
 
of 
 
our
 
focus
 
on
 
 jobs,
 
as
 
new
 
funds
 
become
 
available
 
for
 
employment
 
programs,
 
some
 
of 
 
those
 
funds
 
should
 
be
 
directed,
 
in
 
part,
 
to
 
people
 
who
 
experience
 
homelessness
 
who
 
often
 
do
 
work,
 
can
 
work,
 
and
 
want
 
to
 
work.
 
Providing
 
support
 
for
 
homelessness
 
is
 
not
 
only
 
about
 
funding
 
housing,
 
but
 
also
 
service
 
dollars
 
for
 
the
 
staff 
 
supports
 
needed
 
to
 
help
 
people
 
actually
 
maintain
 
their
 
new
 
housing
 
once
 
they
 
are
 
transitioned.
 
As
 
you
 
know
 
from
 
the
 
tour,
 
providing
 
food,
 
shelter,
 
medical
 
care,
 
and
 
mental
 
health
 
intervention
 
to
 
a
 
homeless
 
person
 
and
 
getting
 
them
 
back
 
on
 
their
 
feet
 
is
 
much
 
cheaper
 
and
 
less
 
disruptive
 
to
 
our
 
communities
 
than
 
the
 
costs
 
associated
 
with
 
policing,
 
crime,
 
prosecution
 
and
 
incarceration
 
which
 
can
 
often
 
be
 
secondary
 
outcomes
 
of 
 
homelessness.
 
I
 
have
 
also
 
enclosed
 
a
 
fact
 
sheet
 
from
 
the
 
Virginia
 
Coalition
 
to
 
End
 
Homelessness
 
regarding
 
these
 
issues.
 
 
 
In
 
light
 
of 
 
our
 
common
 
interest
 
in
 
this
 
issue
 
and
 
roots
 
in
 
the
 
Mount
 
Vernon
 
Area,
 
I
 
would
 
be
 
very
 
interested
 
in
 
working
 
with
 
you
 
and
 
your
 
staff 
 
on
 
coming
 
up
 
with
 
some
 
legislative
 
and
 
budget
 
proposals
 
for
 
the
 
upcoming
 
session
 
consistent
 
with
 
these
 
objectives.
 
Please
 
let
 
me
 
know
 
if 
 
there
 
are
 
any
 
issues
 
we
 
can
 
work
 
together.
 
Sincerely
 
Yours,
 
Delegate
 
Scott
 
A.
 
Surovell
 
44
th
 
District
 
Cc:
 
Sen.
 
Linda
 
“Toddy”
 
Puller
 
Sen.
 
Patsy
 
C.
 
Ticer
 
Supervisor
 
Gerald
 
Hyland
 
Supervisor
 
Jeff 
 
McKay
 
Ms.
 
Pam
 
Michell,
 
Executive
 
Director,
 
New
 
Hope
 
Housing
 
Rev.
 
Kerry
 
Kincannon,
 
Rising
 
Hope
 
United
 
Methodist
 
Church
 
Ms.
 
Cynthia
 
Hull,
 
Executive
 
Director,
 
United
 
Community
 
Ministries
 
Mr.
 
Shannon
 
Steene,
 
Executive
 
Director,
 
Good
 
Shepherd
 
Housing
 
Mr.
 
Dean
 
Klein,
 
Director
 
Homeless
 
Prevention,
 
Fairfax
 
County
 
Ms.
 
Phyllis
 
Chamberlain,
 
Virginia
 
Coalition
 
to
 
End
 
Homelessness
 

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