One of the things that printed newspapers can do, that no other medium can match, is really explore a particular topic in depth. The Washington Post has been known to do it from time to time. Now the Connection Newspapers of Northern Virginia have devoted an entire issue to Fairfax County’s attempt to eliminate homelessness by 2018.
It’s an impressive package of important reporting, filled with stories, photos, profiles, features and resources all focused on homelessness in one of America’s wealthiest counties. Fairfax’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness was recently recognized for reducing its homeless population by nearly 16 percent in the past three years, in the face of a deep recession.
Here is the main page of stories, which also includes video interviews with key leaders in the effort. Here’s a profile of a woman with a law degree staying in a Fairfax shelter, and a look at an 18-year-old homeless woman., among many homeless teens. And here’s a list of places where you can help. The entire project is a reminder of why newspapers, from dailies to free weeklies, still provide a valuable service (said the old newspaper reporter).