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Fairfax County homelessness gets in-depth look

The hot meal prep team from Christ Lutheran Church of Fairfax puts together 100 meals to distribute on a hot meals run with FACETS. From left are Elizabeth Simpson, Phyllis Harrington, Alice Marsolais, Jan Walters, Pat Nau, Kathy Putnam, David Rourk and Allen Griffith. (Deb Cobb/The Connection)

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).

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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