Seasonal Announcements


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
AARP Tax Aide Program for Older Adults
Hypothermia Shelters
Virginia CommonHelp - Apply online for state social services

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

If you worked in 2016, and earned less than $54,000, then you may be eligible to have a qualified tax preparation volunteer prepare your federal tax return.

IRS certified volunteers will ensure you receive the maximum tax refund and help determine if you are eligible for the earned income tax credit.

Sites are open starting late January through April 15th, 2017. Click here to see a list of locations

Please bring the following items:

  • Proof of identification – Picture ID (for you and your spouse if filing jointly)
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for everyone in the family.
  • Wage and earning statements: W-2, W-P, W-2G, & 1099, etc.
  • All income statements for each working dependent: W-2, etc.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Expense documents: dependent care, education-related expenses, home mortgage interest payments.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage, i.e. form 1095A, insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card.
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available.
Additional information available in Spanish, click here.

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AARP Tax Aide Program for Older Adults

GetFree Tax Help - To find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in your communityduring the tax season, call the toll-free number at 888-AARP-NOW(888-227-7669) or visit AARPorg/findtaxhelp.  

TheAARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program offers free tax preparation help to anyone.The service is free and is provided by trained volunteers.

All tax returns are filedelectronically. All taxpayers MUST bring government-issued picture IDs and social security cards for all persons included on the tax return. A complete checklist of items can be found here.  

Travel Team – For Shut-ins Only – By appointment only, call 703-594-6576

The following sites provide income tax filing assistance. The sites operate on a walk-in basis.





Mason District Government Center

6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale

Mon. & Thurs., 1-8 p.m.
Tues., Wed., Fri., 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sherwood Regional Library

2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria

Mon.-Sat., 10:15 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mon.-Thur., 5-8 p.m.

SunTrust Bank of Vienna

515 Maple Avenue E., Vienna

Mon.-Fri.,10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Centreville Regional Library

14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville

Tues., 4-8:30 p.m.
Wed., 1-5 p.m.

James Lee Community Center

2855 Annandale Road, #101, Falls Church

Tues. & Thurs., 1-4:30 p.m.

Lee Center

1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria

Wed., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mott Community Center

12111 Braddock Road, Fairfax

Thurs., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sat., 1:15-5 p.m.

Reston Community Center

2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston

Tues., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thurs., 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Providence Community Center

3001 Vaden Dr., Fairfax

Tues. & Fri., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Arlington Central Library

1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington

Tues., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Columbia Pike Branch Library

816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington

Tues., 1:15-7:45 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Bull Run Regional Library

8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas

Mon., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thurs., Noon-8 p.m.
Sat., February 27, March 5 & 19 (closed Mar 31)
April 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Chinn Park Regional Library

13065 Chinn Park Drive, Woodbridge

Tues. & Thurs., 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 6 & 20, Noon-3 p.m.
Closed March 1


TravelTeam – For Shut-ins Only – By appointment only, call 703-594-6576

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Hypothermia Shelters


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 Community Shelter (open Dec 1 - Mar 31; opens 4:00 pm each evening)  -  3525 Moncure Ave, Falls Church. Contact Milagros Jefferson at mjefferson@nvfsorg or (703) 820-7621.

·        Embry Rucker Community Shelter (open Nov 1 - Mar 31; opens 5:00 pm each evening)  -  11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Contact Ken Hinkel at or (703) 437-1975; Vincent Jenkins at or (703) 437-1975.

·        Eleanor Kennedy Community Shelter (Dec 1 - Mar 31; 6:30 pm - 7:00 am)  -  9155 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria (Ft. Belvoir). Contact Tonya Golden at or at (703) 799-0200.

·        FACETS' Shelter (open Nov 29 - Mar 31)   -  Various locations around the county at faith community hosting sites.  Contact Maria Avila at

·        New Hope Housing and Rising Hope UMC (Dec 1 - Mar 31; 6:30 pm - 7:00 am)  -  8220 Russell Road, Alexandria. Contact Sherry Edelkamp at or at (703) 799-0200.

·        Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter (Nov 15 to Mar 31)  -  217 Gordon Road, Falls Church. Contact Tonya Golden at or at (703) 799-0200.


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. Phone numbers and addresses for year-round shelters.


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Virginia CommonHelp - Apply online for state social services

CommonHelp Online Application

CommonHelp is the Commonwealth of Virginia's fast and easy way to apply online for many Virginia social services assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Energy Assistance and Child Care. Through a single online site, you can find out what assistance you might be eligible for and submit one application saving you time and effort.

The website is a quick and easy way for people who live in Fairfax County to find out if they might be able to get: 


If you already know you are eligible for services, a Virginia Commonhelp account will allow you to quickly and easily:

  • Check and renew benefits

  • Link your account to a specific case

  • Report changes to your account

  • Update your account information

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