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Interfaith Group Rallies in Richmond

More than 200 individuals from VOICE — Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement — traveled to Richmond on Tuesday, March 2, to urge the budget conferees to adopt the Senate’s bi-partisan budget that restores and protects the dental health safety net. Read more about Interfaith Group Rallies in Richmond

Advocates press for dental care funding

Both have been homeless -- Johnson, in fact, lived in the woods near the PRTC bus station until recently -- and both have experienced severe discomfort from bad teeth.

"Sometimes, the pain was so bad, I felt like pulling my own teeth out," the 22-year-old Johnson said Tuesday. Read more about Advocates press for dental care funding

A cavity no one wants

As the executive director of the Prince William Area Free Clinic, Michelle Schuller knows first hand how many adults are in dire need of dental work, but can't afford it. Read more about A cavity no one wants

Uninsured Virginians may lose free dental care

Advocates for uninsured Virginians say slow action from state and federal officials means that thousands of residents who could have received free dental care this summer will go unserved unless Congress intervenes. Read more about Uninsured Virginians may lose free dental care

Favola Makes Budget Commitments

Despite declining revenues that are forcing officials to consider budget cuts for the first time in years, County Board Chair Barbara Favola (D) said this weekend that she would not support scaling back Arlington’s affordable housing programs. Read more about Favola Makes Budget Commitments

Zimmerman Pledges Improvements for Pike-to-DHS Bus Service

The county’s top elected official has pledged to solve a snafu that has left some residents of western Columbia Pike with few good options in getting to the county’s relocated Department of Human Services (DHS) headquarters for medical treatment and other services. Read more about Zimmerman Pledges Improvements for Pike-to-DHS Bus Service

Extension of Bus Route Breeds New Group of Civic Activists

What started out as an effort to get a local bus route extended has turned into a growing sense of civic engagement.
That was the view of the roughly 250 people who turned out at Greenbrier Baptist Church on Aug. 20, celebrating the upgraded service on Arlington Transit (ART) Route 45. Read more about Extension of Bus Route Breeds New Group of Civic Activists

Cost of Social Conscience

Margaret Davis recently had surgery. She has no job, no place to live, and without the support of her church she would have little hope. Recently someone told her that she didn’t look like a homeless person, and it made her mad.

"I am homeless and I’m not too ashamed to say it," Davis said. As Fairfax County grapples with a projected $650 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, Davis said it was important to continue to fund programs that offer affordable housing and other services to the county’s low-income residents. Read more about Cost of Social Conscience

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