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Five people with disabilities have moved into the house since Falls Church sold the property to CRi.
Article By Emily Leayman - Falls Church Patch Online
September 24, 2019
FALLS CHURCH, VA — The City of Falls Church has won a Community Health Innovation award from the Virginia Municipal League for its role in reviving the Miller House for adults with disabilities. The award will be presented at the Virginia Municipal League conference on Oct. 8.
Miller House opened in the spring as a living space for five adults with disabilities. It's run by CRi, a nonprofit offering services to people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.
"This is a fantastic example of how a city can meet the specific needs of a segment of its residents using existing resources," states the Virginia Municipal League.
The City of Falls Church had owned the land parcel since 1973 before it was revitalized. The house donated by the Miller family had previously been a group home for adults with disabilities, but it fell into disrepair in recent years. City staff had recommended the house be demolished because it was inhabitable, but parents of adult children with disabilities spoke out. These parents expressed the need to find a home for their children because they were getting too old to properly care for the children.
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