The following were among actions taken at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. For more information, call 335-6600.
HOMELESS TASK FORCE -- The supervisors appointed a 28-member task force to study the issue of homelessness in the county and unanimously approved spending $65,000 to help homeless people facing imminent eviction.
Both actions came after Richardo Perez, the county's director of social services, told the board that the number of homeless people in the county has soared in recent years because of the growing cost of housing in the county. Many residents who can't afford housing are forced to sleep in tents and cars, Perez said.
Each night, about 60 people sleep in three shelters operated by private organizations in conjunction with the Prince William Department of Social Services, counmty social workers said.
At the same time, they said, an estimated 150 people are living temporarily with neighbors or friends or on the streets. The majority of the homeless are members of single-parent families.
According to social workers, many of the homeless are long-time residents who have been squeezed out by rising apartment rents of are newcomers who were lured to the county by jobs, but who could not find affordable housing.
The task force, composed of members from public and private sectors, has been charged with developing a county policy that would address the needs of the homeless.
About $10,000 of the money allocated to the social services department will be used to provide day care for children whose families are in shelters, and about $5,000 will be used for nonemergency health care for homeless families.
SCHOOL BOND -- The board unanimously approved allocating $24.9 million from the sale of a school bond last month to finance construction of three new schools slated to open between 1989 and 1991.
With the money, which is part of a $44.89 million bond package for school constructions approved last year by county voters, a middle school in Lake Ridge and an elementary school near Dale City will be built. It will also partially finance construction of a new high school, to be located west of Dale City.
The remainder of the bond package, scheduled for sale in January 1989, will finance another elementary school, an addition to an elementary school and the completion of the high school.
Last month, the board sold the $24.9 million bond to a New York investment firm, at an annual interest rate of 6.75 percent for 20 years.