Emergency Shelter Program


Fairfax County has six emergency shelters for individuals and families who are homeless. These shelters are operated by community nonprofit organizations under contract with the county. The shelters have additional capacity during winter months to take in people overnight who are at risk of hypothermia.

In addition, a hypothermia prevention program operates throughout the county during the winter to provide additional safe, warm space for homeless individuals at night. If you see someone at night who is unsheltered and you think could be at risk of hypothermia, call the county’s non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

For families with children:

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

Human Services 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.

Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter (Fairfax)

12970 Katherine Hanley Court, Fairfax, VA 22030
571-522-6800; Fax 703-988-0251; TTY 703-988-0256

  • A shelter for families with children.
  • Accommodates up to 20 families.
  • Full service program: case management, mental health counseling, health care services.
  • Opened in 2007. Operated by Shelter House, Inc.

Embry Rucker Community Shelter (Reston)

11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190
703-437-1975; Fax 703-481-1406

  • A shelter for families with children and adults without children.
  • 42 beds (10 rooms) for families.
  • 28 beds for unaccompanied adults (20 men and 8 women).
  • 10 beds for cold weather overflow (November 1 through March 31).
  • Full service program: case management, health care with on-site mental health substance abuse counseling.
  • Opened in 1987. Operated by Reston Interfaith, Inc.

Next Steps (Richmond Highway - Alexandria)

Various locations, scattered-site.

  • 53-bed shelter primarily for families with children.
  • Full service program: case management, mental health counseling, health care services.
  • No walk-ins.
  • Operated by New Hope Housing, Inc.

Shelter House (Falls Church)

3080 Patrick Henry Drive, Falls Church, VA 22044
703-536-2155; Fax 703-534-0736

  • 42-bed shelter for families only. No walk-ins.
  • Full service program: case management, health care services and life skills training.
  • Opened in 1982. Operated by Shelter House, Inc.


For adults without children:

May be referred, or may refer themselves to the following shelters:

Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter

3525 Moncure Avenue, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041
703-820-7621; Fax 703-671-0441

  • 50-bed walk-in shelter for adults without children.
  • 36 beds for men; 14 beds for women; 10 beds for cold weather overflow (November 1 through March 31).
  • Full service program: case management, on-site mental health and substance abuse counseling and health care services.
  • Opened in 1987. Operated by Volunteers of America, Chesapeake.

Eleanor U. Kennedy Shelter (Richmond Highway – Fort Belvoir)

9155 Richmond Highway, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
703-799-0200; Fax 703-799-8127

  • 50-bed walk-in shelter for adults without children.
  • 38 beds for men; 12 beds for women.
  • 15 additional beds for overflow capacity year-round, plus 10 more during cold weather.
  • Full service program: case management, on-site mental health and substance abuse counseling and health care services.
  • Opened in 1986. Operated by New Hope Housing, Inc.

Embry Rucker Community Shelter (Reston)

11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190
703-437-1975; Fax 703-481-1406

  • A shelter for families with children and adults without children.
  • 42 beds (10 rooms) for families.
  • 28 beds for unaccompanied adults (20 men and 8 women).
  • 10 beds for cold weather overflow (November 1 through March 31).
  • Full service program: case management, health care with on-site mental health substance abuse counseling.
  • Opened in 1987. Operated by Reston Interfaith, Inc.


For more information, please contact:

Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

703-324-9492; TTY: 711

 


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