Seasonal Announcements


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Fuel Assistance and Crisis Assistance
Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet Open Through March 15
Hypothermia Shelters
Mobile Marketplace at Southgate Now Open Year-Round

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

If you worked in 2014, and earned less than $53,000, 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 January 24 through April 15. Click here to see a list of locations

Please bring the following items:

  • Proof of identification – Picture ID.
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents.
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN.
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents listed on the tax return.
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers.
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099).
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available.
  • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit, such as a blank check.
  • Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate.

Fuel Assistance and Crisis Assistance

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services is now accepting applications for 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 Thursday, November 1, 2014 and closes on Monday, March 16, 2015.

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


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.


Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet Open Through March 15

The sixth annual Hunter Mill District Coat Closet for adults and children who need winter coats is now open. The Coat Closet, co-sponsored with Cornerstones, is open November through March to help area residents stay warm. The Coat Closet is accepting coat donations for adults and children at the North County Government Center, 12000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, on the following days until March 15:

·         Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

·         Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

·         Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Donations of winter coats are tax deductible and receipts are available. Please donate coats (and hats, gloves and scarves!) that are new or gently used, in good condition and dry cleaned. Both child and adult sizes are needed - extra-large sizes are especially appreciated. Volunteers are needed to assist clients, greet donors and sort donations. For more information, contact the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office, 703-478-0283, TTY 711.

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 Shelter (open Dec 1 - Mar 31)  -  3525 Moncure Ave, Falls Church. Contact Jerrianne Anthony at or (703) 820-7623.

·        Embry Rucker Community Shelter (open Nov 1 - Mar 31)  -  11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Contact Susan Alger at or (703) 437-1975.

·        Eleanor Kennedy Community Shelter (703) 799-0200  -  9155 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria (Ft. Belvoir). Contact Tonya Golden at or at (703) 799-0200.

·        FACETS' Shelter (open Nov 23 - Mar 15)   -  Various locations around the county at faith community hosting sites.  Contact Abby Dunner at or (703) 352-5090.

·        Cornerstones at North County building (Dec 1 - Mar 31)   - 11484 Washington Plaza West, Reston. Contact Susan Alger at or (703) 437-1975.

·        New Hope Housing and Rising Hope UMC (Dec 1 - Mar 31) (703-799-0200)  -  8220 Russell Road, Alexandria. Contact Tonya Golden at or at (703) 799-0200.

·        Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter (Nov 15 to Mar 31) (703-799-0200)  -  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.


Mobile Marketplace at Southgate Now Open Year-Round

Update! Southgate Mobile Marketplace Open Year-Round

Beginning December 2014 and through 2015, 10 am to Noon  


12/13/2014              7/11/2015

1/10/2015                8/8/2015

2/14/2015                9/12/2015

3/14/2015                10/10/2015

4/11/2015                11/14/2015

5/9/2015                  12/12/2015



Southgate Community Center -- 12125 Pinecrest Road, Reston VA

The mobile marketplace is a “farmers market” distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables for families in high-need communities.

The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) and Live Healthy Fairfax have partnered 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. 

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



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