Curbing Roadside Panhandling

The County continues to receive complaints about panhandling at intersections, which can pose a safety hazard. However, because panhandling is protected by the First Amendment, localities generally may not prohibit it. Some localities have instead posted signs instructing drivers to not give money to people in medians. In Prince William, most roads are owned by …

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Policy Changes Needed to Address Housing Insecurity

As Prince William continues to grow and thrive, the accompanying rise in housing costs can be a serious challenge for many. Currently, there are more than 8,400 families waiting for affordable housing assistance, and rising rents mean that many others also face housing insecurity. The median average rent in Prince William is $1,400 to $1,800. …

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Making Progress Towards Reducing Homelessness in the County

​One of the goals in the Prince William County Strategic Plan states that “The community will support vulnerable individuals and families to ensure the wellbeing of the entire community.” As part of that goal, there is a strategic outcome to decrease the number of homeless people living in the county. According to Courtney Tierney, director …

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Coordinated Entry System Offers Homeless Fair Access to Safe Housing

The Coordinated Entry System for the Prince William Area (Prince William County and Cities of Manassas & Manassas Park) (CES) is an organized way to help the residents of the Prince William area who experience a housing crisis. The goal is to provide fair and equal access to safe housing and/or services. Call CES if you …

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