NVFS low income assistance programs.

A leading non-profit in the counties of Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington and Fairfax is Northern Virginia Family Service. The staff offers short term support, but the true focus is on self-sufficiency and ending the cycle of poverty or a hardship that a family faces. Examples of programs include Workforce Development, Housing, Legal Aid, and more.

The Multicultural Center from NVFS is focused on people that have moved or relocated to Northern Virginia from other areas and diverse cultures. Services and programs administered in counties such as Fairfax are available due to a combination of the Hispanic Committee as well as the Legacy Multicultural Human Service.

The main location of the program, which is the Seven Corners site and its Satellite Office in Arlington, are staffed by multilingual, multi-ethnic social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, volunteers, and others, such as graduate interns from local universities. These members of Northern Virginia Family Service provide comprehensive case management, social support, education, employment, information on health care, and language services to help families succeed.

Referrals are given to dental clinics as well in areas such as Loudoun or Fairfax. This is strictly a referral service and NVFS does not provide any form of dental care at any of these clinics.

Northern Virginia Family Service provided low cost Legal Aid services for immigrants. The representative will work with clients in exploring all of their options. This includes, but is not limited to, answering any questions the person has regarding immigration, and determine whether they can accept a case for representation.

The Daily Money Management for Seniors Program assists the elderly in the region who are in the greatest economic and social need. Senior citizens can get help with paying bills and support with addressing other financial concerns.

The purpose is to help older community members with maintaining their independence. It is limited in what is offered though, as advice on investments, trusts, or income taxes is not available through this NVFS sponsored program.




Vehicles for Change is a resource from Northern Virginia Family Service that provides donated automobiles at a nominal down payment in an effort to assist income-eligible wage earners with obtaining dependable transportation for work reasons. This is a financing option, as upon approval for the vehicle, a small dollar loan is provided to the individual.

A Thrift Shop offers high-quality, gently used merchandise at affordable prices of up to 75 percent below retail prices. A variety of goods are for sale, including furniture, holiday items, books, houseware, and much more. The money raised from the store also supports NVFS in the mission of helping individuals and families find new paths to self-reliance and a brighter future. The money raised pays for safe housing, counseling, case management, medical and dental services, child care and development, affordable loans, respite services, and job training.

Programs from NVFS for housing needs

Housing assistance is available for income qualified residents of Arlington, Loudoun, Prince William and Fairfax Counties. There are several resources offered, as noted below, and they focus on people who are in need, facing eviction, or that are now homeless.

Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) is similar to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. However it focuses only on people with AIDS who are in need of help with rent or utility payments. Note that Northern Virginia Family Service normally has a waiting list for any support from HOPWA.

Another option is the Prince William Transitional Housing Program. The non-profit has transitional houses and low income apartments in Prince William County, and it is set up for the purpose of furnishing accommodations for single, homeless mothers. Shelter is also available too, and the agency has a location in Manassas Virginia.




Eviction Prevention from NVFS provides qualifying individuals who are at risk for homelessness with financial assistance. Grants can be issued for rental arrears, security deposits, and paying electric bills, among other costs.

Northern Virginia Family Service has a few offices if the region, as noted below.

  • 10455 White Granite Dr., Oakton, VA 22124, dial 571-748-2500
  • 5249 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22304, telephone 571-748-2840
  • 10056 Dean Dr., Manassas, VA 20110, dial 571-748-2600
  • A center is at 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington, VA 22204, call 571-748-2900
  • Falls Church (Seven Corners), 6400 Arlington Blvd., Ste. 110, telephone 571-748-2800
  • Arlington has a Satellite Office at 1801 N. George Mason Dr., Arlington, VA 22207. Main number is 571-748-2978


By Jon McNamara

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