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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

In March, in response to requests from tenants of the Vista Gardens apartment complex in the Culmore area of Bailey's Crossroads, Fairfax County fire marshals and zoning enforcement personnel inspected more than 100 units in the decades-old, privately owned, brick, multi-family buildings. Read more about A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

Inquilinos Buscan Mayor Atención

Inquilinos del complejo de apartamentos Lafayette en Fairfax, Virginia atraviesan una difícil situación al tener que habitar viviendas en estados deplorables y enfrentar una continua inseguridad.

Después de seis meses de reclamos y denunciar indiferencia por parte de la compañía propietaria Eagle Point con el apoyo de la organización V.O.I.C.E. lograron que el supervisor Jeff McKay visite los apartamentos y sea testigo de cómo están viviendo decenas de familias hispanas. Read more about Inquilinos Buscan Mayor Atención

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

Culmore apartments still in need of repairs

The owners of a deteriorating Baileys Crossroads apartment complex have made some headway in responding to hundreds of fire and building code violations, but tenants are not happy with the progress. Read more about Culmore apartments still in need of repairs

Fairfax tenement restores alarms, extinguishers

The squalid Vista Gardens apartment complex has corrected “over 80 percent” of the more than 700 fire code violations issued in a Fairfax County crackdown last month, including those for the widespread lack of fire alarms, a fire department spokesman said Monday. Read more about Fairfax tenement restores alarms, extinguishers

Fixing a Bad Situation

Help is coming to the residents of Vista Gardens apartments.

They came up to the podium a little reluctantly last Wednesday evening in the cafeteria of Corpus Christi School in Falls Church, smiled faintly to friends, neighbors and family then began telling their stories in Spanish, stopping periodically for their words to be translated into English. Read more about Fixing a Bad Situation

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