Fairfax County short term housing and shelters.

Dozens of non-profits and charities provide temporary housing in the greater Fairfax County region. With the increasing costs of rent and homes in northern Virginia, many people are struggling and need affordable apartments or housing to live in. The agencies below can provide shelter to the homeless, transitional homes, and other support to the low income and working poor.

Housing programs can be focused on certain groups of people as well, such as seniors, veterans, or the disabled in the county. With the large number of military service members, many of the organizations provide assistance to veterans in Fairfax, and that is also a priority.

In addition, not only is short term housing provided, but clients will also receive other support services such as free food, meals, clothing, and more. The goal is to get a client into a new, safe and affordable home.

The Alternative House
PO Box 694
Dunn Loring, VA 22027
A program known as Assisting Young Mothers provides housing to single moms and young women with children. Other support includes job readiness, self-sufficiency, parenting, and more.

Main address is 303 South Maple Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22046
Temporary housing is provided to Fairfax County families in poverty. Clients will need to save a part of their income towards future rent and security deposit costs, and workshops on site include credit counseling, ESL, case management and more.

11150 Sunset Hills Road
Reston, VA 20190
Low income towns homes are available in Herndon, Reston and Centreville.





Kurdish Human Rights Watch (KHRW)
10560 Main Street
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Patrick Henry Family Shelter
Location is 3080 Patrick Henry Drive
Falls Church, VA 22044
Housing, meals, and case management is provided as part of the Shelter House program as well as Junior League of Northern Virginia Family Resource Center.

Shelter House
Reston, VA 20191
The Northern Virginia Coalition (NOVACO) provides shelter, housing, and legal aid for survivors of domestic violence.

Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic
521 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22203
Services for those leaving outpatient care include housing from the Re-Entry program, vocational assistance and job placement, clothing, and eventual placement into an affordable, permanent home or apartment.

Borromeo Housing
Address: 3304 North Washington Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22201
Main phone number is (703)-841-0139




Shelter House
12970 Katherine Hanley Court
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Call (703)222-0880
Staff from the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter can provide a bed to sleep in, and help place people into permanent housing in Fairfax County as quickly as possible. Ongoing support is offered too, such as debt reduction, life and job skills training, and budgeting.

Beth El House
3830 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304
Runs low income, rent subsidized housing.

Friends of Guest House
1 East Luray Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
This housing assistance is for ex-offenders.

Final Salute, Inc.
2331 Mill Road, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314

Christian Relief Services Charities
Address is 8301 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, Virginia 22309
Temporary housing is available, ideally close to where the client works. The non-profit, its staff and volunteers work to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty, and the goal is to get people off the streets. Also advice on applying for public housing, section 8, and other aid in Fairfax County.

Volunteers of America Chesapeake
19520 Meadowview Court
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
Main phone (703)771-5429
Support and guidance is part of the VOA Loudoun Transitional Program. There is help for veterans as well as senior citizens and others. The goal is to solve the emergency, and get people into new, safe and affordable housing.

Transitional Housing Barn
Location - 9541 Linton Hall Road
Bristow, VA 20136
Homeless women, including those with children, can be placed into temporary housing for up to two years.

The Lamb Center shelter
3220 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 2203
Call (703)691-3178





Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter, Volunteers of America Chesapeake
3525 Moncure Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22041
The shelter also offers medical care, substance abuse counseling, mental health services, and more.

Reston, Embry Rucker Community Shelter
11975 Bowman Towne Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Main phone – (703)437-1975
Housing is for children, single parents, and others. There is also a cold weather shelter during the winter, and outreach as well as case management is offered year round.

New Hope Housing
There are multiple locations. Housing is for the low income as well as disabled and mentally ill. Many services are arranged at each center.
Shelter and rehousing is provided, including in the winter months. Bus tokens can be offered in order to get a ride to the shelter.
2355-B Mill Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, telephone (703)746-3660
3510 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22306, (703)768-3400
Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church, Alexandria, VA 22309, (703)799-0200
9155 Richmond Highway , Alexandria, VA 22060, dial (703)799-0200

Carpenter's Shelter -  David's Place
Address is 930 North Henry Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 548-7500

Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program is run by Volunteers of America Chesapeake
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
This offers numerous solutions to military members and their families. There is financial aid for rent o utility bills to prevent homelessness. Other aid include shelter and placement into low income apartments. Job training and more is arranged for veterans by this charity in Fairfax as well.

Alternative House of South Fairfax County
Rt. 1 Corridor, Alexandria, VA 22309

Volunteers of America Chesapeake
19520 Meadowview Court
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
Multiple programs are run, including Loudoun Emergency Homeless Shelter, Drop In Center
Transitional Housing and Cold Weather Shelter.


By Jon McNamara

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