Arlington County has a core network of interconnected programs and services (called a Continuum of Care, or CoC) to assist people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
- The CoC includes County government programs/services and non-profit organizations.
- It provides a foundation for the broader community partnership working toward the shared goals of preventing homelessness before it occurs and returning homeless individuals and families to stable housing as quickly as possible.
- Arlington Continuum of Care program areas and operating entities are listed below.
Street Outreach and Engagement
Service workers connect with persons living on the streets, in parks, under bridges and in encampments to help put individuals on the path to stability and housing.
A-SPAN (Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network) operates the street outreach program and Opportunity Place drop-in center.
Homelessness Prevention, Rapid Re-Housing and Shelter Diversion
Efforts to prevent homelessness before it occurs are anchored in two programs:
- Arlington Thrive provides same-day emergency financial assistance to Arlington residents facing a financial crises that could lead to eviction.
- Homelessness Prevention services are facilitated by the Department of Human Services in the Clinical Coordination Unit (CCU). It provides short-term housing stabilization services (financial assistance and case management) to households that are homeless and to those at imminent risk of losing housing.
- Rapid Re-Housing and Shelter Diversion assistance is provided through collaboration with the Department of Human Services, A-SPAN, Bridges to Independence, Doorways for Women and Families and Volunteers of America- Chesapeake.
Five Arlington County homeless shelters provide a safe, structured environment for singles and families who are Arlington residents experiencing homelessness. Access to all shelters except the Domestic Violence Safehouse is facilitated through the Centralized Access System (CAS) within the Clinical Coordination Unit (CCU) at DHS – 2100 Washington Blvd 1st Fl. In case of shelter need during non-business hours, households should call 703-228-1010 for assistance.
- Homeless Services Center for individuals (A-SPAN)
- Sullivan House Family Shelter Bridges to Independence, (formerly Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless)
- Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home and Domestic Violence Program Safehouse (Doorways for Women and Families)
- Residential Program Center year-round shelter for individuals (Volunteers of America-Chesapeake)
Two transitional housing programs provide housing and services to help Arlington families and individuals get ready for permanent housing. These programs are site-based.
- Residential Program transitional housing for single mothers and children (Borromeo Housing)
- Independence House transitional housing for individuals recovering from substance abuse (Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic)
Permanent Supportive Housing
Permanent supportive housing programs provide rental assistance and case management services for households who are homeless and have members with a disabling condition.
- Department of Human Services (this program also serves youth transitioning out of foster care)
- New Hope Housing
Supportive housing that serves hard-to-reach homeless persons with severe mental illness who are on the street and have been unable or unwilling to participate in supportive services.
- Arlington’s Safe Haven is operated by New Hope Housing.