Healthy Families = Healthy Communities
66 % of Fairfax County Homeless are Employed
Helping Fairfax Homeless One Family at a Time
95% Success Rate!
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About Family PASS

From its beginning in 2006, Family PASS has been a Fairfax County Virginia community-based organization, involving volunteers and donors who share a belief that healthy communities are built on healthy families.  Their dedication supports the efforts of Family PASS case managers who provide weekly, and sometimes daily, counseling to help families succeed. Healthy families require a roof over their heads. The Family PASS focus, coupled with the commitment of its clients, has achieved a 95% success rate in keeping families housed and self-sufficient…read more

The Beginning
A Community Partnership

Since we began, Family PASS has also become an integral part of the network to end homelessness in Fairfax County-bridging affordability initiative, Fairfax-Falls Church Housing Locator Network, Fairfax County’s 10 Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool…read more

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fpass2In talking about the barriers families face, Guest Speaker Delegate Mark Keam recalled his own uncertain childhood — and potential homelessness — when his family fled from Vietnam back to Korea where there was little family to support them and no jobs. He also recalled his first meeting, years later, with Family PASS founders Allan and Suezette Steinhardt. It was his first attempt at running for office and he was going door-to-door to find out what constituents felt were important issues. Then he knocked on the Steinhardt’s door. Suezette Steinhardt proceeded to educate the young candidate on the state of homelessness and near homelessness in Fairfax County — in his own district. It was an eye-opener and a situation the candidate could relate to… read more.

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Family PASS: Helping Families Become Self-Sufficient

 Family PASS helps families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Fairfax County. We provide rent subsidies and connect families with support services needed to become self-sufficient. Our work is part of Fairfax County’s 10-year plan to prevent and end homelessness.

The working homeless in Fairfax: 66% of homeless adults in families were employed

Picture1The Bennetts lived from motel to motel after being wrongfully evicted from their home. Nonetheless, Mrs. Bennett managed to work full-time as a home health aide. Mr. Bennett had no license, no job, and no working car but was a committed stay-at-home dad for their six children. The children’s moves from school to school were affecting their education. The Fairfax County Public Schools Homeless Liaison contacted Family PASS for help.

After becoming stably housed with the help of Family PASS, the Bennetts made incredible strides. Mr. Bennett has his own working vehicle, a driver’s license, a commercial driver’s license (CDL), and a full-time job at a reputable moving company. Mrs. Bennett works part-time as a home health aide while working on her Personal Care Assistant certification and her GED.  Mr. and Mrs. Bennett received much-needed dental treatment through a pilot dental program at Northern Virginia Family Services. They will soon have full medical coverage with Kaiser Permanente’s Bridge Program. All this progress was made in less than a year. The children have been in the same school for a year and are flourishing.

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Ways to Volunteer

Tutoring, delivering food, helping with moving, coaching — Family PASS couldn’t operate without its corps of volunteers—and more are welcomed. Click here for some of the ways volunteers help Family PASS. If you have a specific skill or talent that you think would be beneficial to Family PASS, let us know.


  • Without Family Pass I would not be where I am today. These wonderful people are angels on earth. (LH, former client)

  • Family Pass does fabulous work and has an astounding success rate helping families out of dire straits. (JA, donor)

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Awards and Recognition

  • Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Award
  • Social Justice Award, Temple Rodef Shalom
  • CNN Community Hero award
  • ABC7 community award and segment on Family PASS
  • Featured in Women’s World Magazine for our work with single moms
  • Nominated for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award for Non-Profits

Since we began, Family PASS has also become an integral part of the network to end homelessness in Fairfax County:

  • Bridging Affordability Initiative—Family PASS provides case management for working families receiving temporary rental assistance from this new Fairfax County Department of Housing program.
  • Fairfax-Falls Church Housing Locator Network—Family PASS provides staff and resources to the Locator Network, a collaborative of nonprofits, local service providers, and government agencies that helps people find a stable place to live.
  • Fairfax County’s 10-year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness—Family Pass provides data through the Homelessness Management Information System that helps the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness inform local, state and federal officials about the state of homelessness in Fairfax County and the strides made by the county in ending homelessness.
  • Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool—Family PASS receives funding to provide rental assistance for two families each year and for a part-time administrative assistant.

Click here to learn more about the Partnership and its members.

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