District 34 Update November 23rd 2021

I hope you and your family are in good spirits as we get ready for Thanksgiving and for the holiday season ahead. I want to thank you for giving me your strong support and reelecting me as your Delegate. I am grateful for the confidence you have put in me to represent your issues and to continue my work to improve the lives of residents in the 34th District.

 

This was another busy week. I was so proud to be able to present my friend Army Veteran Bob Rosenbaum with a commending resolution for his many years of service to our community. He is a talented musician (known as Mr. Piano Man) and has been a valued member of the McLean community for over 50 years. We have enjoyed his music at so many events over the years, especially at our Veterans Day commemorations. I am grateful to the Rotary for hosting this event.

 

 

The next session of the General Assembly in Richmond will begin on January 12. We are getting our bills ready for drafting and will be filing them soon. If you have any bill requests, now is the time to reach out to me. We haven't been notified about bill limits just yet, so let me hear from you.

 

As you know, we are still waiting for the final outcome of the elections to determine just what the numbers will be between the parties. At this time there are still two races that hang in the balance but it appears unlikely that the Democrats will hold the majority.

 

This past week I was in Richmond for the Annual meeting of our House and Senate Appropriations and Finance Committees. We discussed the budget outlook for the upcoming year and heard presentations on various projects across the Commonwealth. I am hopeful that the budget will include critical funds for our schools, health care and programs to help with economic recovery, especially for our small businesses. Luckily, President Biden’s Infrastructure Bill will help with funding for much needed upgrades to our transportation system, environmental programs and broadband expansion. 

 

On the COVID-19 front, I am pleased that 3 out of every 4 adult Virginians have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. If you haven't received a vaccination you can get your vaccination at any pharmacy or other distribution site and most don't require an appointment.

 

I got my third shot recently. It put me out of service for a day but I feel much more confident now. VDH recommends that you receive a booster shot at about 6 months after your second shot.

 

I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you and your family stay healthy and have a wonderful holiday season. This has been a difficult year for our family and as we move forward after the death of our daughter, I want to thank you for all your support, your prayers and good wishes.

 

My best wishes.

 

Kathleen Murphy

Delegate VA 34

 

Fairfax County School-Located Vaccine Clinics

Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting 19 COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 9 schools for students ages 5-11 years. 

Here is what you need to know before you go:

These clinics are providing COVID-19 vaccines for children 5-11 years of age. Attendees are not required to be a student at that school. All children, including those who attend private schools or are home-schooled, are welcome. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. 

No appointment is necessary, as registration will take place on site. If you arrive after all vaccine has been administered at a particular clinic, please visit www.vaccines.gov to find a vaccination location nearby, or call the Fairfax County Health Department's vaccine call center at 703-324-7404.

View the full list of locations and more information visit the Fairfax Health Department website.

 

FCPS COVID-19 Information Quarantine Length Shortened

With the start of the national rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11 and a drop in the Fairfax County transmission rate from “substantial” to “moderate,” we are adjusting some of the layered prevention strategies that have helped keep the rate of in-school transmission of COVID-19 at just 0.02%. 

Unvaccinated, asymptomatic students who are exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting may quarantine for 10 days, instead of 14 days.

Please find more information here.

 

Fairfax County S.M.A.R.T. Employment Readiness Program

Cornerstones’ Pathways to Sustainable Employment program is designed to fill a gap in workforce development and job training programs for job seekers in the Herndon/Reston area whose education and skill levels put them at a disadvantage in the workplace. To learn more about this free ten-day course visit Cornerstones' website.

 

To apply for the November 29 through December 30 session, contact Nobiana Dodi at 703.429.5016 or nobiana.dodi@cornerstonesva.org, TTY 571.323.9555

 

Fairfax-Falls ChurchCSB Mini-grants for Youth-led Projects

 to Reduce Mental Health Stigma

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is once again offering mini-grants for youth-led projects to reduce stigma among their peers, with support from the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia which is funded by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. In addition to the goal of reducing the stigma around mental illness, the mini-grants also aim to promote help-seeking behaviors. While mental health concerns and disorders are common, frank discussions about them are not a common occurrence.

 

These mini-grants will fund youth-planned, youth-led projects within Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City, to be completed by August 15, 2022. 

A total of $6,000 is available, for requests not to exceed $1,000 each.

Proposals are due Monday, November 29, 2021

Awards will be announced Friday, December 3, 2021. 

 

For more information on the program, some ideas from previous awardees, and how to apply visit the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) website.

 

Fairfax Board of Supervisors Expanding Real Estate Tax Relief Program Public Hearing

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a public hearing on December 7 to consider expanding the real estate tax relief program for seniors and people with disabilities.

How to Provide Feedback

Residents are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the tax relief program leading up to the December 7 public hearing, as well as testify at this hearing.

Additional Resources: 

Read the Proposed Tax Relief Program Changes for 2022 & 2023 FAQs

See the Tax Relief Expansion Fact Sheet

Additional translations available here. 

 

For more information about tax relief and qualifications, contact the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8324, TTY 711.

 

Fairfax County  Fire & Rescue 2021  Toys for Tots Campaign

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be participating in the Annual National Capital Region Fire and EMS Departments’ 2021 TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign. The intent of the campaign is to “bring holiday joy and deliver a message of hope to children.” Stations will accept donations now through Sunday, December 12, 2021.

 To minimize contact with our firefighters and paramedics, collection boxes will be placed outside the front door of each fire and rescue station every morning. Residents will be able to drop off toys until 8:00 p.m., each evening.

Fairfax County Hypothermia Prevention Program  

The Fairfax County Hypothermia Prevention Program for people experiencing homelessness begins on December 1, 2021. This program is available to any adult in need of immediate shelter. provides warm shelter, food, and other supportive services to help connect guests to a variety of basic needs such as clothing, employment, housing, and more. It remains a highly effective partnership between government, nonprofits, and the faith community. To learn more about this program, visit the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness website.

If you see someone who is unsheltered and you think they are at risk of hypothermia, call the County’s non-emergency Police phone number: 703-691-2131 TTY 711

View  the Fairfax  Hypothermia Program Flyer  

Note: Adults with children (ages 0-17) should contact Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880 (TTY 711) Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for referrals to family-oriented support and services. If you need assistance after  hours, please contact or visit one of the county’s family shelters –locations and contact information are available.

 

Loudoun County Hypothermia Shelter

The Loudoun County Hypothermia Shelter (previously referred to as the Cold Weather Shelter) will be open Monday, November 15, 2021, through March 31, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily. The shelter is for single adults aged 18 and older in the community who are experiencing a housing crisis resulting in homelessness. The shelter provides a warm indoor sleeping environment, meals, shower facilities, and information on other community resources, such as food, medical care, and employment opportunities.  View the flyer for details: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)

 

Call 703-777-0420 for assistance.

Location: Loudoun Homeless Services Center

19520 Meadowview Court, Leesburg, VA