St. Joseph’s Villa had the honor of welcoming Governor McDonnell to our campus on June 24, 2013 for his Road to Ending Homelessness Press Conference.  During the press conference, the Governor announced a 16% decline in homelessness throughout Virginia over the last three years.  He attributed much of the success to rapid re-housing and cited St. Joseph’s Villa as a state leader in reducing homelessness. 

Today (July 1, 2013), the Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services completes its three-year transition to the rapid re-housing model.  Learn more in our press release.

The Harrison Family meets Governor McDonnell at the Press Conference.  Also pictured: Kathleen Burke Barrett, CEO for St. Joseph's Villa; Bill Hazel, Virginia Secretary for Health and Human Resources; and Bob Sledd, Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor

The Harrison Family meets Governor McDonnell at the Press Conference. Also pictured: Kathleen Burke Barrett, CEO for St. Joseph’s Villa; Bill Hazel, Virginia Secretary for Health and Human Resources; and Bob Sledd, Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor

Quanasia Harrison, whose family was among the first to be rapidly re-housed by Flagler in 2010, spoke about her experience at the conference.  Of the 30 families rapidly re-housed three years ago, 97% have stayed in permanent housing to this day.

Read this article by the Richmond Time-Dispatch for more information about the press conference and state outcomes for homelessness.  You can also visit our YouTube channel for media coverage.

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