Fairfax County Assistance Programs.

Get help with paying bills

Northern Virginia Family Service is a non-profit organization that offers Fairfax County residents with various resources, grants, and services that can help them make it through a difficult period. Some of the programs offered are below. Contact them to apply, or learn more about these or other programs. Contact them at 703-385-3267.

Housing, mortgage, and foreclosure counseling services

There are a few options for people to get help with housing related concerns in the Fairfax area. The primary goal of the Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) Housing Counseling Program is to assist individuals and families with housing issues. They want families to become self-reliant over the long term by helping them to identify achievable goals. A key to this process is for them to develop and enhance budgeting and money management skills that will serve to enhance their long-term housing stability, and ensure people have support over the long term. Dial 703.385.3267.

The Housing Counseling Program will offer several resources to clients. People can get short-term intensive case management services for both low and moderate-income households. In addition to the counseling and case management, maybe even more importantly clients may also be eligible to receive emergency grants for such expenses as utility bills, monthly mortgage payments, for rent, security deposits, and heating bills. The short-term intensive case management services are offered for a minimum period of 3 months. The maximum amount of assistance someone can receive is for 6 months. In addition to housing related counseling and cash grants, Fairfax County clients will also need to attend budgeting and money management workshops, and also receive debt counseling. The Housing Counseling Program is administered in both Fairfax and Arlington Counties. Find other ways to get foreclosure and mortgage help. Read more.

Prevent or stop an eviction.

If you are significantly behind on your rent, The Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) Eviction Prevention Program can provide low income families with emergency financial assistance and grants to pay rent. Other support can include mediation as well as legal aid to stop homelessness.




The Eviction Prevention Program includes the SHARE-HIP (Homeless Intervention Program), which provides grants for rent, utility service disconnect notices, and security deposits in Fairfax County. The emergency financial assistance along with loans and case management services offered from this program are provided to all eligible Fairfax County Virginia households that meet income and other conditions. The phone number is 703-385-3267, or read more Northern Virginia Family Service eviction prevention.

Rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs in Fairfax

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services provides qualified individuals with a grant of up to $250 to prevent evictions as well as help pay for a renters first month's rent or security deposit. They also provide utility help, budget counseling, and other aid as indicated below. (703) 768-9404.

McLean, Share, Inc. is an organization that may be able to help people of McLean, Great Falls and Pimmit Virginia. The agency provides emergency financial assistance and cash grants to needy families for payment of rent, utilities, cooling bills, or other emergencies. Money may even be available for medical and dental expenses. Dial (703)284-2179.

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. (phone (703)391-0105) is an organization that provides emergency financial assistance, on the behalf of low income individuals, in the form of cash grants and direct payments to utility companies, landlords, doctors and pharmacies and similar necessities for Herndon and Reston residents in short-term crisis. The agency will pay those expenses for you, if you are found to be qualified.

Helping Hands Emergency Assistance - Herndon, FAITH helps people regardless of their religion or faith. Assistance may be available and qualified applicants can receive free food, new or discounted clothing and temporary cash grants and financial assistance to qualified families and individuals. The agency can assist individuals with paying their rent, mortgages, medical bills, dental expenses and medicines, and utility and cooling bills. Dial (571)323-2199.




Another option is St. Vincent de Paul Society. Call them at (703)385-4010 and leave a message. The agency may be able to provide emergency heating fuel, funds for paying mortgage or rent, and/or utility bill assistance and food to those in need of help. Many of the assistance programs in Fairfax Virginia are offered from referrals, however some direct aid, such as food or clothing, may be provided. Continue.

Alexandria Salvation Army offers qualified individuals a very limited amount of emergency financial aid, as funding allows. In addition, this Virginia branch also administers the Washington Area Fuel Fund and EnergyShare utility bill assistance program. (703)548-0579.

Cornerstones / Reston Interfaith is a community action type agency for northern Virginia and Fairfax County. They offer a wide range of self-sufficiency, emergency financial assistance programs, and referrals. Some of the major resources include the following. In some cases, the non-profit may issues loans as a form of emergency assistance.

  • ESSP - Emergency and Self-Sufficiency Services Program can help with housing needs. This may include rent, funds for utility bills, security deposit assistance and other crisis aid.
  • Free food is available from a pantry.
  • Christmas assistance, such as free gifts for children and meals, is offered along with back to school supplies.
  • Child care and vouchers from the Laurel Learning Center.
  • Self-sufficiency services from Cornerstone includes ESL classes, credit counseling, and financial literacy, among many others.

The non-profit can help low income families with a variety of other needs as well. More on financial assistance from Cornerstones.

If you have no other options, and have already accessed all available assistance programs, then the Lorton Community Action Center may be your last option. This agency provides emergency financial aid when all other resources and services have been exhausted. In addition, they also supply free clothing and household goods to people in need. Phone (703)339-5161.





Our Daily Bread Inc. - The non-profit can provide qualified families and individuals with a one-time cash grant of up to $350. The grants are intended to provide an emergency payment toward paying for housing expenses, utilities and energy bills, prescriptions or medical assistance, and/or auto repairs. Other support includes groceries from the Food Bridge program and free back to school supplies. Fairfax Virginia. (703) 273-8829, or find information on Our Daily Bread.

Fairfax Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) - The federal government stimulus program created a service known as the Homelessness Prevention Fund. This can provide renters with emergency short or long term rent assistance, eviction prevention, and funds for paying security deposits. Call 703-246-5100.

VOA Chesapeake operates several short term and low income housing programs in northern Virginia, including the Fairfax County region. The homeless, or residents facing an eviction, may qualify for help. Most housing units have a waiting list. Other financial aid may be offered for veterans (such as grants to pay rent from SSVF), seniors, and those most at risk. More Volunteers of America Chesapeake.

Lamb Center - Over 50 local churches participate in this charity organization. The churches coordinate to provide limited financial aid for paying utilities, rent, transportation, food vouchers and prescription medicine. Also provides mental health and other medical outreach. Maybe most importantly the churches can provide referrals to other agencies, non-profits, and government programs.  Serves homeless and needy persons in Fairfax County. They can also help with job searches. 3220 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030. Phone (703)691-3178

American Red Cross National Capital Region may have assistance in very limited circumstances for members of the armed forces. It is offered in places where Red Cross workers are deployed with America's military. Information and referral, financial aid, and resources for veterans are available. 8550 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax, Virginia 22031, call (877)272-7337.

Reston Interfaith assists families facing eviction and the homeless. Temporary financial assistance for rent, housing relocation and stabilization services and other support is available. Apply for security deposit assistance, money for utility bills, motel or hotel vouchers or moving costs. Legal advocacy, housing search and placement and credit repair is available too. (571)323-9575.

James Mott Community Assistance Program (JMCAP) may have limited funds to help Fairfax County families with paying their rent or utilities. 11215 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030. Telephone - (703)591-1600.

AHC Inc. offers home buyer assistance. Resources are available for low- and moderate-income residents. Low interest loans can assist with down payment and closing costs as well. Phone (703)486-0626.

Koinonia Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit that provides Emergency Financial Assistance and grants with partial payment of utilities (electric, gas, water), rent/mortgage, and even prescription medications. 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22310. Phone (703)971-1991.




NVFS supports the entire region of Northern Virginia. They offer help for immigrants, including free legal support. Other resources include dental assistance, money management classes, and help in obtaining a car as part of Vehicles for Change. This is in addition to housing assistance. More on NVFS  programs.

Falls Church, Hispanic Committee of Virginia. A program of Hispanic Committee of Va./ Comite Hispano de Virginia. Staff, which is bilingual, may be able to assist low income clients with providing direct social services and information on government assistance programs, case management, mental, dental and physical health referrals, crisis intervention, emergency services, domestic violence and provides referrals for financial assistance for emergencies such as housing and energy bills. 5827 Columbia Pike, Suite 200, Falls Church, Virginia 22041. Call (703)671-5666.

Catholic Charities - Assistance programs focus on the low income, seniors, children, and single parents in Fairfax County. Seniors can receive free food, meals, or transportation. Financial assistance, shelter, and housing is offered from a resource known as Christ House. The agency also provide the needy with information and referrals to other government assistance and public aid, including assistance for utility bills, rent, and medications. This is one of the leading organizations to call for help. More Catholic Charities in Fairfax County.

Fairfax County Department of Family Services – Programs and financial aid can help pay for installation of cooling equipment, free fans, room air conditioners, utility and electric security deposit or back utility bills. Assistance is offered for families and individuals that meet the income requirements and include an individual who is permanently and totally disabled, age 60 or over, or families with children under age 6. They also have extensive information on federal government and state of Virginia financial assistance programs, such as health care, low income housing, rent help, and more.

Several other resources are offered from Family Services. The organization can process applications for cash assistance from TANF or SNAP food stamps. They also offer In-Home Care for seniors and free income tax preparation. Or learn about government assistance to pay for rent, moving expenses, or even security deposits in Fairfax County. 12011 Government Center Parkway. Fairfax, Virginia 22035. Telephone (703)324-7604. Read more.

Fairfax Area Agency on Aging - Assists low-income senior households with providing cooling equipment or money for the payment of electric bills. 12011 Government Center Pkwy., #708. Fairfax, Virginia 22035. Call (703)324-7948

Help at Christmas is provided to children from low income families as well as seniors. There may also be assistance at other holidays, such as Thanksgiving. Meals, food boxes, free toys, games, and other aid is provided to the less fortunate. More on Christmas assistance in Fairfax County.

Fort Myer Soldier and Family Assistance Center – This not for profit center can provide emergency financial assistance for paying bills and expenses to active duty and their immediate family members, reservist and national guard personnel, and retired military who are in need due to non receipt of pay; medical, dental or hospital expenses; loss or delay of funds or paychecks, funeral expenses for immediate family members; travel for emergencies; and free food and utilities for emergencies only. 201 Custer Road. Ft Myer, Virginia 22211. Call (703)696-3510

Another Salvation Army Center is in Fairfax. This location operates numerous social services. There is everything from one time financial help to after school programs, reading for kids, and more. Programs can provide free school supplies or uniforms to kids, free Christmas toys, and food. Another focus is on paying bills, the the fuel funds may provide emergency money for heating costs. There is also a shelter, resources for single moms, and more. Call (703) 385-8700, or read Fairfax County Salvation Army.




St. Veronica Catholic Church – This Fairfax County church can provide emergency fuel, mortgage/rent, money for heating and cooling bills, and/or utility assistance and food gift cards to those in need in the community. 3460 Centerville Road. Chantilly, Virginia 20151. Call (703)773-2030

Human Services and Social Services - Various government and public aid programs are offered by Fairfax county. Services range from food stamps, LIHEAP energy assistance, free health care, and Head Start to cash assistance. Click here for more details.

United Community Ministries, Inc. – Another local charity organization/not for profit. Low income, unemployed, or those who need help can apply for financial assistance grants to put towards heating and cooling bills.  Must have cut off notice to be eligible for funds from the church. Some money may be offered to prevent an eviction from an apartment or home too. 7511 Fordson Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22306. Call (703)768-7106

Fort Belvoir Army Community Service – Another agency that can help military members, veterans, and/or their family members. 9800 Belvoir Rd, Bldg 200. Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060. Call (703)805-3130

Emergency rent and security deposit assistance - When funding allows, low income tenants and the homeless may qualify for help. Both grants or no-interest loans are used. A focus is on assisting members of the military, veterans, and seniors in northern Virginia with their rent and housing needs. More on rental assistance programs in Fairfax County.

Transitional housing, shelter, and low income apartments may be provided to certain income qualified families. The shelters in Fairfax County tend to be for anyone that is struggling or homeless, while low income housing will be for families that are working towards self-sufficiency and stability. There are units for veterans as well as other at risk residents, such as single parents or the increasing number of seniors in northern Virginia. More on transitional housing in Fairfax County.

Clothing distribution centers are located across Fairfax County. Some of the locations (such as a clothing closet) will distribute the items for free. Others, including thrift stores, are open to the general public and sell goods at a low cost. Depending on the site, what may be offered includes clothes, furniture, diapers, furniture, school supplies and Christmas toys. Continue.

Social Services and Referrals - The county is supported by a social services agency that can refer low income individuals to financial assistance programs. The non-profit Coordinated Services Planning can advise people on housing and rent issues. Learn about medical bill assistance and free prescriptions. Other services include utility assistance, clothing, food, and more. Read more Fairfax emergency assistance.

LINK provides basic needs to only a small portion of Fairfax County. Whether it is food from a pantry or gasoline vouchers to a job interview, services may be offered. They also help locate clients into both transitional and permanent housing, offer clothing for work, and more. Find more information.

Fairfax County assistance programs and organizations that cover all of Virginia

Get information on various Virginia non-profits and assistance programs that help people across all of Fairfax County. Get foreclosure and mortgage counseling, free legal aid, help with paying utility bills, other help.





Vehicles for change

The Vehicles for Change program was created to assist low and moderate income individuals in the local community as these families and individuals strive to become self-reliant. This program receives donations of used cars from local businesses and the community and then prepares these cars to be “road ready” for distribution to eligible recipients. So people can receive a fairly decent quality car, for little money or maybe even for free. Dial (410) 242-9674.

Ways to Work loan program

This program was created to provide low-interest loans to families to help them either repair or purchase a vehicle in order to help them maintain their employment. It is anticipated that the average purchase loan offered from Ways to Work will not exceed $4,000 and the loan will be repaid over 24 months. If you need to repair your car, the average car repair loan will not exceed $750 and this loan need to be repaid over 12 months. Find additional loan programs, including how to get help from payday lenders.

Help with paying energy bills

Fuel Assistance Program - Will provide help to eligible low and moderate income Fairfax households. The funds provided will help them with the costs of heating or cooling their homes. The application period runs from late October to late November. Call Fairfax County at 703-324-7604 to apply.

Crisis Assistance Program - This will assist households that are facing an emergency situation by providing primary with money to pay their bills if they are facing a disconnection. Money is also available for funding the repair or replacement of heating equipment and heat security deposits. The application period for a crisis grant runs from November to March of each year. You may also request an application by calling 703-324-7604.

Another charity organization to turn to is Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services. They provide a cash grant of up to $250 that will prevent someone’s energy service from being disconnected or to pay an old utility bill. The phone number is above.

Summer assistance - The Fairfax Virginia area can experience extreme heat and humidity during the summer. Low income families may struggle with paying their cooling bills during the summer as the amount of electricity they use will typically increase. Several programs, including financial and free fans or AC units, are administered. Find more on assistance during the summer.

Fairfax County Virginia winter focused programs are also available. A few non-profits as well as DSS start to process applications for several different heating bill assistance programs in October. Seniors and the disabled can apply first, with other low income families after that. Find everything from free oil from CITGO to emergency help for gas and other winter expenses. Continue with Fairfax Virginia heating bill help.

Child care assistance and referral program

This program offered in Fairfax county provides financial assistance to help families in need pay for child care. Assistance is offered to both low and moderate income families that reside in Fairfax County Virginia. The program supports families who are in education or job training programs, and families who are working in they need assistance with paying for the cost of child care. The child care assistance program pays for child care costs in family child care homes, child care facilities, or School-Age Child Care. Find other ways to get help with child care expenses. Contact the county government to learn more or apply. Call CCAR at 703-449-8484 for more information.





Rent help from FAMILY PRESERVATION and Strengthening Service (Family PASS)

This organization provides a three-year rental assistance program, and they combine it with intensive case management, budgeting, debt management, and other resources. The Family PASS program requires that families be in the U.S. legally and adults also need to be working but are just struggling to stay current with their monthly rent. Many of the applicants need skills to find better employment, and to meet this need educational training is one of the organization’s ways of support. Some of the other services offered include intense counseling, from money management, debt management, and planning to housing assistance and access to grants.

The Family PASS program works with landlords who will accept its rental assistance and cash grants to help clients qualify for approval. In the assistance formula that the organization uses, no more than 31 percent of a family’s total household income will go towards paying rent. Family PASS subsidizes the rest by paying the landlord directly. 703-242-6474

Assistance from Reston Interfaith

This is a local nonprofit agency that offers rent help, serves as a shelter, child care provider, food pantry, and more for people in need of help.

Last year, Reston Virginia Interfaith (contact number is 703-222-0880) spent more than $5 million on various assistance programs, food aid, and shelter services, according to its tax records.

There are a multitude of programs offered. Last year the nonprofit offered rental assistance, self-sufficiency aid, child care services, and pantry services, and altogether they provided more than 2,000 families with relief and aid.

For example, the number of people who are seeking aid from its rental assistance program has spiked during the past 18 months. Just over the last 3 months almost 100 families were provided almost $60,000 in funds to either pay arrearages or future rent.

Low cost or free health and medical care

The County of Fairfax Virginia offers several affordable health care programs. Some of the services provided to children and others includes primary care and urgent care, prescription drugs, dental care, vision services, immunizations, and more. Dial 703-237-3446 to learn more or apply. Click here to find how to save and consolidate medical debts.




Low income and uninsured residents of Fairfax and Falls Church and Falls Church can turn to the Fairfax County Community Health Care Network (CHCN). Patients who can’t afford to pay medical and hospital bills can contact this organization of local doctors and medical professionals.

Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic offers free medical care for children, and some adults may also qualify if they have certain conditions. (703)481-8160

Women, men and children who live in Fairfax County and who do not have health insurance can contact Alexandria, Queen Street Clinic. They offer free medical care. Call (703)299-9701 for more information or an appointment.

Low income patients, senior citizens, the uninsured, and unemployed do have several other ways to get help with medical bills, medications, and health care. Several other government certified health centers operate in the region. Find more Fairfax clinics.

Debt elimination and credit repair

Yet one more resource provided by Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is debt reduction and financial education. These debt and credit services are offered for low-income families and individuals of Fairfax County. Participants in the debt assistance program clean up the credit history, learn new money management skills, reduce debt payments and interest rates, and gain financial independence. Dial (703) 768-9404 for more information. More on debt assistance programs.

Food aid and access to pantries

If you need assistance or help providing for your next meal, Food for Others (phone 703-207-9173) is the organization that may help. They provide food that is vitally needed by our unemployed and low-income people who live in northern Virginia. Click here for additional information on government food programs.

Vienna Committee for Helping Others - Offers emergency food aid. Dial (703)281-7614.

Columbia Center for Missions, in the Falls Church Virginia area, provides bags of groceries to those in need of assistance. (703)534-5700





McLean, Share, Inc. ((703)284-2179), provides emergency food and groceries to families in need.

Fairfax County Salvation Army - Distributes food to the needy. (703)385-8700

Several other churches, charities, and agencies provide free food in the Fairfax County region to the low income, senior citizens, and disabled. Read more food pantries in Fairfax.

Government programs and crisis assistance

Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) (703-222-0880) provides low to moderate income, the unemployed, and others who are struggling assistance with basic needs issues, such as emergency food, utility help, clothing, housing and rent, furniture, and transportation to medical appointments, screening for emergency shelter, and access to other social services.






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