The mission of CAF is to prevent homelessness and promote self‐sufficiency through emergency financial assistance and housing/financial counseling, and to promote responsible and sustainable homeownership through group education and one-on-one counseling.
CAF began in 1985 when a consortium of churches called Ventures In Community (VIC) decided to find solutions to the housing problems of the working poor in Fairfax County.
VIC’s mission was to find solutions to the housing problems of the working poor in Fairfax County. CAF was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1986 as Fairfax Housing Counseling Services (FHCS). In 1994, FHCS modified its mission, vision, and name to meet the diverse and evolving needs of the people and communities throughout Fairfax County, with the potential of expanding into other areas of Northern Virginia. Thus, Housing & Community Services of Northern Virginia was founded. In 1994, CAF expanded its services to provide Fairfax County’s first long‐term homeless prevention case management program through funding provided from Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool.
As the needs of the community we serve changed, the services CAF offered were expanded to include housing and financial counseling, foreclosure prevention, and sustainable homeownership.