Seasonal Announcements


Fuel Assistance and Crisis Assistance
Affordable Care Act - Open Enrollment 2015
Mobile Marketplace at Southgate Community Center
Fairfax County Farmers Market 2014
Hypothermia Shelter

Fuel Assistance and Crisis Assistance

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services is now accepting applications for the Fuel Assistance program and the Crisis Assistance Program.

The Crisis Assistance program helps households in emergency situations by providing primary heat security deposits and funding the repair or replacement of heating equipment.
The application period began Tuesday, October 14, 2014 and closes on Friday, November 14, 2014.
From the first workday in January, the 5th, through Friday, March 13, 2015, assistance is available for primary heating fuel and payments for primary heating utility bills.

The Fuel Assistance program helps eligible low-income households with the costs of heating their homes.
The application period for the Fuel Assistance program began on Tuesday, October14, 2014, and closes on Friday, November 14, 2015.


Apply Online - or - Download an application online, fill it out and mail it to:

Fairfax County Department of Family Services - Pennino Building
c/o Energy Assistance
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 232
Fairfax, VA 22035

You may also request an application by calling 703-787-3100 (TTY 711) or pick one up at any of our offices:

Fairfax County Department of Family Services

  • Pennino Building
    12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 232
    Fairfax, VA 22035
  • Annandale, Heritage Center, West Wing
    7611 Little River Turnpike
    Annandale, VA 22003
  • Reston - Lake Anne Office Building
    11484 Washington Plaza West, 4th Floor
    Reston, VA 20190
  • Richmond Highway/Alexandria - South County Center
    8350 Richmond Highway (Route 1), 4th floor
    Alexandria, VA 22309

For more information, call the Department of Family Services’ Energy Assistance phone line at 703-787-3100; TTY 711.

Affordable Care Act - Open Enrollment 2015

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act health insurance coverage runs from November 1, 2014 to February 15, 2015.

To get more information about open enrollment and to "plan to apply," please go to

Note: Plans and pricing for 2015 coverage may not be available on November 1; this information will be available in early November. 

If you had Marketplace coverage in 2014, learn how to enroll in your current plan or change plans.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, click here.
Mobile Marketplace at Southgate Community Center

Seasonal Fresh Produce for Reston Residents

4th Saturday of the month, May 24 – November 22

Southgate Community Center - 12125 Pinecrest Road, Reston VA

The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) and Live Healthy Fairfax
are partnering with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to provide low-income residents in the Reston
community with access to seasonal fresh produce at no charge through the CAFB’s Mobile Marketplace program. 
This open-air market will begin on May 24 and continue on the 4th Saturday of every month through November 22
from 10 a.m. to noon at the Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road, Reston, VA.

The Mobile Marketplace is a “farmers market” inspired distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables for families
in high-need communities.  This targeted initiative builds on achievements of similar programs in communities
in New York and Chicago where food insecurity rates are highest and households lack access to affordable healthy foods. 

For more information, please contact Chris Scales, Neighborhood and Community Services,

Fairfax County Farmers Market 2014

                NEW THIS YEAR! There is a new Farmer’s Market site that the Fairfax County Government Center every 
              Thursday – rain or shine.  The hours are 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Parking Lot B until October 30. 
On-site vendors include the Great Harvest Bread Company, Kylie’s Pop Shop, Nitro’s Creamery, 
              Pleitez Produce, Soul Cakes by Tanya, Sweet Nuna Middle Eastern Delicacies, the Lamb’s Quarter, 
              Three Way Farms, Toigo Orchards, and Westmoreland Produce.  


Each May to November, eleven sites throughout Fairfax County spring to life with the activity of an open-air market. The Markets
offer a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, eggs, dairy products, meats, honey, cut flowers and container plants. 

The Farmers Markets are supervised by the Fairfax County Park Authority through the Community Horticulture office based at
Green Spring Gardens. The daily operations of the markets are managed by volunteer Market Masters.

Fairfax County Farmers Markets are local, producer only markets**.  All products sold are produced by vendors within
125 miles of Fairfax County.  Brokers and/or resellers are strictly prohibited. 


Hypothermia Shelter


The Hypothermia Prevention Program is a partnership among Fairfax County government, adult shelters, and various faith, volunteer and civic organizations. Individuals in need of shelter during this time should contact the nearest adult shelter to make arrangements for shelter in one of the hypothermia shelter sites. The No Turn Away policy will be in effect beginning November 1st.

·         Bailey’s Crossroads Shelter (703) 820-7621  -  3525 MONCURE AVENUE FALLS CHURCH

·         Embry Rucker Community Shelter (703) 437-1975  -  11975 BOWMAN TOWNE DRIVE RESTON

·         Eleanor Kennedy Community Shelter (703) 799-0200  -  9155 RICHMOND HIGHWAY ALEXANDRIA

For families with children:

During business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), contact:

Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880; TTY 703-803-7914.

A CSP representative will conduct an interview with the family to determine eligibility for shelter or other emergency services and make the necessary referrals.

After business hours:

After business hours, families with children in need of shelter should go directly to the nearest family shelter.


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