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Assistance programs Arlington County Virginia.

Find help paying for bills, rent, security deposits, a mortgage and more. The list below is Arlington area agencies, whether they are churches, non-profits, or government assistance programs, that offer financial aid. Some provide cash grants, others give loans, and there are also free services, ranging from boxes of food to medical care, gasoline vouchers, school supplies for kids, or even things such as job training programs.

The cost of housing in Arlington is excessive. Many low to moderate income families need help finding a home or apartment to live in and paying the rent, deposits, or mortgage. There are also resources that include government or charitable help getting an apartment. Or look for other free programs, including Christmas toys, interest free loans, and household supplies. Find support below.

Receive help for paying bills, rent, and housing expenses

The federal government has provided the county with a grant that will go toward the area's Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This is a national initiative that will help people stay in their homes or apartments, and also connect them with resources as well as benefits to develop housing stability plans.

People who apply and who qualify for this program are eligible to receive rent subsidies and grants, money to pay for security deposits, utility deposits and grants to pay utility and heating bills, moving costs and pay for emergency lodging if the family has lost their home.

The program will be administered by Arlington's Department of Human Services and also Northern Virginia Family Service (which is a nonprofit organization). These groups will use the federal grant money to provide support, case management services, and grants to families and individuals.

These organizations have begun to take applications from those seeking housing assistance. If you are interested in learning more about the program or applying, you need to contact the county's Department of Human Services at 703-228-1300 or please do not hesitate to call Northern Virginia Family Service at 703-769-4617. For more details, continue with Arlington Department of Human Services programs.

Eviction prevention services

The Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) Eviction Prevention Program is made up of of two housing services that provide emergency cash grants and financial assistance to both low and moderate-income households that are facing a housing crisis or an eviction.




  • One component of the Eviction Prevention Program includes the SHARE-HIP (Homeless Intervention Program), which provides assistance for paying monthly rent, security deposits, and will provide grants to stop a utility service cutoff. They also help the homeless find a place to live (house or apartment) and offer assistance with this, and learn more on government help getting an apartment.
  • The second part is the HIP, which is funded by the State of Virginia and that aid is administered in both Arlington and Fairfax Counties. Counseling and case management services are a key component of the Eviction Prevention Program and HIP program. Some of what is offered is emergency financial assistance and case management services, offered through the Eviction Prevention Program, are provided to eligible Arlington and Fairfax County families and individuals. Click here Arlington eviction prevention.

Mortgage and housing counseling
The main goal of the Arlington County and Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) Housing Counseling Program is to help families as well as individuals become self-reliant by helping them to identify achievable goals. They also want to develop budgeting and money management skills in families with the goal of enhancing their long-term housing stability. A key focus is on saving money and living within means, and read about the pros of budgeting.

The Housing and Mortgage Counseling Program offers short-term intensive case management services to both low and moderate-income households. Applicants to the program may also be eligible to receive emergency financial assistance and grants that can be used for rent, security deposits, mortgages payments, and utility or heating service cutoff notices.

The financial aid is limited, as short-term intensive case management services are offered for a minimum of 3 months, and a maximum of 6 months. So there is an end to the aid. Clients also are required to attend budgeting, debt counseling, and money management workshops throughout Arlington County. The Housing Counseling Program is administered and offered in both Fairfax and Arlington Counties. Read more Virginia foreclosure assistance programs.

The Northern Virginia Family Service has several offices around the area, but they are headquartered at 10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100, Oakton, Virginia. Phone number is 703-769-4617.





Financial assistance in Arlington Virginia

Fort Myer Soldier and Family Assistance Center - Retired military, active duty, reservists and National Guard personnel and their family members can receive emergency financial assistance. People who have lost their income can apply for travel for emergencies, medical, dental or hospital bill expenses; funeral expenses and burial costs for immediate family members; and money may be offered for utilities or food too. 201 Custer Road Building 201, Ft. Myer, Virginia 22211. Phone number is (703)696-3510

Arlington Department of Human Services – Is the leading agency to call for help with basic needs, including rent, utility, cooling, and heating bills. A main program is known as Crisis Assistance Services. Qualified low income households can receive payment of rent and utility bills, help in finding shelter, emergency food, and clothing. Phone number is (703)228-1350. Click here for additional state of Virginia public aid programs.

Hispanic Committee of Virginia/ Comite Hispano de Virginia – Staff, who are bilingual, can assist families with offer counseling and direct social services. A number of referrals are offered to local non-profits and public assistance. For example, get mental and physical health referrals, financial assistance for emergencies, and crisis intervention. Dial (703)243-3033

Arlington Salvation Army is located at 518 South Glebe Road. Telephone (703)979-3380. Various social services are offered, including free non-perishable groceries and meals to families in need. The non-profit also provides emergency rental assistance to prevent eviction. Utility and heating bill assistance is provided by the Washington Area Fuel Fund.

Also a food pantry may offer meals or gifts during Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Another service provided by the Salvation Army is on self-sufficiency and career counseling. Families in the northern Virginia region can learn about job training and receive employment assistance. Or children can get free Christmas gifts or back to school supplies from the Salvation Army social service programs. Click here Arlington Salvation Army assistance programs.

Free clothing closets and thrift stores - Both free or low cost stuff is given. Examples of what a client may find, in addition to regular clothes” include:

  • -School items - free supplies, shoes, hats, bookbags, laptops, and more.
  • -Work attire - Professional clothing for an interview or new job.
  • -Household supplies or furniture including beds, cribs, car seats, and much more.
  • -Much more may be given out too. Locate free clothing banks and school supplies in Arlington County.

AMEN, Inc. – Programs administered are as follows. Emergency rental assistance to prevent eviction from a home or apartment. More so called general support for items like prescriptions and bus tokens for transportation to work or a job interview are distributed. Apply for the Virginia Power Energy Share program here, which can help with heating and energy bills. The non-profit also administers the section 8 housing voucher program. It is federally and state funded. Read more Virginia section 8 housing.

Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless – Qualified clients receive extensive career counseling and information on employment opportunities. There is also an emergency shelter and placement into low income apartments. Clients of the Coalition, which is now known as Bridges to Independence, can engage in vocational education and job readiness as a way to increase employment options. Also provides up to 24 months of transitional services and rental subsidies to the needy. Phone number is (703)525-7177, or more on housing from Bridges to Independence.

Society of Saint Vincent De Paul, its volunteers and churches are committed to helping the poor and less fortunate. The charity will provide free information, referrals, and other support to the needy. Basic needs, such as housing and food, are provided to northern Virginia families. Some limited financial assistance for paying energy bills or rent may be offered. Other services in Arlington Virginia include a thrift store, free clothing, school supplies, and additional resources are available. More St. Vincent assistance in Arlington.





Doorways for Women and Families can help families impacted by domestic violence and/or homelessness. Rent subsidies, in home support, career counseling, and other services are available. Arlington, Virginia 22210, call (703)237-0881.

Free debt, housing, and money counseling is arranged. The high cost of living causes families to often go into debt. There is assistance for credit cards, medical debt, and other expenses. Free counselors in the Arlington area even show people how to budget, invest, and reduce interest rates among other things. Read more on help dealing with debt collection agencies.

Transportation assistance can be arranged. Northern Virginia is a heavy commuting region. Low income families often need gasoline, train or bus passes, or even auto repairs to make it to work. Regional non-profits can help pay for car repairs as well as other transportation costs.

The County People's Assistance Network the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Short and medium term financial assistance for is available for families facing eviction or that are currently homeless. Those who receive housing assistance must agree to on-going case management services. Call (703)820-4357 for intake.

Emergency Funds, clinics, and employment resources as part of WorkSource are available from Arlington Thrive. It is a charity organization that assists the poor, low income, and struggling in the region. They offer a daily for, security deposit loans, a Memorial homeless program, and much more. Thrive also has a food pantry with daily items, including household supplies. More on Arlington Thrive assistance programs.

Rent programs, both from social services and non-profits, can help reduce the number of evictions in Arlington County. Depending on funding levels as well as income of the applicant and other criteria, there may be grants issued to assist with rent. The county also has a security deposit loan program and other support for housing needs, including low income apartments. Click here emergency rent assistance in Arlington and Alexandria.

Department of Community Planning in the Housing Department focuses on government benefits as well as housing concerns in Arlington. They are also a local community action agency. The county uses a combination of government grants to help pay rent for families facing eviction, and the homeless may be able to seek transitional housing as well.

Other services from the Arlington Department can include landlord and tenant mediation, applications to section 8 vouchers, as well as loans for certain emergency housing expenses, such as a security deposit. Social workers can also advise very low income families on public aid such as Child Care Subsidy, food stamps, and other government assistance. Read more Arlington housing department programs.

Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network mostly focuses on the homeless and families living in poverty. They offer services from the Day Center and the main office, such as the following.

  • Basic medical care is coordinated by nurses, and ASPAN can also help clients access medications.
  • HPRP is a homeless prevention/rehousing program. Counseling is available along with cash grants.
  • PSH supportive housing will help the family, including veterans, find and locate a new home or apartment to live in and help with security deposit or moving costs.
  • Many other services are run too, including meals, clothing, emergency shelter, and more. More on services from Arlington Street People’s Assistance.

Final Salute, Inc. offers assistance to veterans and U.S. military reserve families. The non-profit can provide rent, security deposit and utility assistance in the form of a grant or free, zero percent loan. 2331 Mill Road, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703)224-8845.

Arlington Virginia Family Service - Support is for seniors, immigrants, and low income families. Everything from housing to dental assistance and credit counseling is arranged. They also have a thrift store for gently used clothing and holiday goods. More information NVFS assistance programs.

Food banks, soup kitchens and free pantries

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) – Provides food and meals. There are two locations of this pantry.

  • 606 North Irving Street, Arlington, Virginia 22201, dial (703)845-8486
  • 2708 South Nelson St., Arlington, VA 22206, phone (703)845-8486

Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN) - Provides a bagged meal or emergency food box to individuals at two locations, including 2708 South Nelson Street as well as 2700 South Lang St. Call (703)820-4357

Several other programs and pantries, both government resources such as SNAP food stamps and free pantries, operate in the region. They may be located at churches or charity organizations. There are also free soup kitchens for the working poor or homeless. Groceries, diapers, holiday assistance and more is available, and find free food pantries in Arlington.







Free or low cost community clinics

Arlington Free Clinic - Adults and families without health insurance can receive free or low cost medical treatment. Some dental care can be given too. The community clinic treats non- emergency, chronic and acute primary health problems. Services offered include physical therapy, pharmaceuticals, laboratory work and X-rays, specialty care, and mental health counseling.

A counseling insurance also helps families find affordable health insurance policies or pay for premiums, surgeries, or medical equipment. Advice is also a focus. As one example, find details on Medicare rights for senior citizens. The center is staffed by volunteer professionals including doctors. 2921 11th Street South, Arlington, Virginia 22204. Phone (703)979-1400

Northern Virginia Care Connection for Children – If income and insurance criteria are met, the center may offer financial assistance to assist with specialty medical care. The location serves children birth to age 21 with special health care needs, and provides case management and referrals. The programs are run c/o Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, 6400 Arlington Blvd, Ste 100, Falls Church, Virginia 22042. Telephone number (866)222-0372.


By Jon McNamara

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