OF SUPERVISORS OF FAUQUIER COUNTY
AND OFFICE BUILDING
March 19, 2002
The Honorable Mel
U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development
Washington, DC 20410
Dear Mr. Secretary
I would like to
convey my strong support for the application of Birmingham Green Adult
Care Residence for funds from the Section 202 and 811 programs. The
money requested would go to replace the existing 60-bed residence in
Prince William County, Virginia.
currently serves very low-income, predominantly elderly, mentally
disabled persons from several jurisdictions in Northern Virginia,
including Fauquier. The building is over 75 years old and has never been
fully renovated. Its basic systems are woefully obsolete, residentsí
rooms contain two or more people, and the physical additions to the home
over the years have rendered it seriously inefficient. Access through
the building and into a variety of its spaces is also a challenge for a
number of residents who suffer physical frailties.
Birmingham Green, supported by the Prince William County
Department of Public Works, has concluded that the building cannot
reasonably be renovated to bring it to current standards. Renovation
according to the department is not economically feasible.
existing building with a new one that could double the number of people
served at Birmingham Green would address the growing need for
community-based care in Northern Virginia for many elderly people and
persons with disabilities who need the kind of environment that the new
project could provide. Without the proposed replacement, many needy
individuals will have to be placed in facilities far away from their
home communities and their friends and relatives, or else go without
adequate services, which would place these persons at serious risk.
As a regional
facility, the proposed replacement project would play an important role
in the efforts of Northern Virginia communities to help ensure a
healthier, safer, more comfortable and dignified environment for people
with no other suitable living arrangements available to them.
Thank you for your
serious consideration of this application.
Raymond E. Graham,
Fauquier County Board of Supervisors