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Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet Open Through March 14
Hypothermia Shelters
Fairfax County Farmers Markets 2019
Virginia Caregiver Respite Program
Affordable Health Insurance - Open Enrollment 2020
Crisis Assistance
Virginia CommonHelp Application - Apply online for state social services

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Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet Open Through March 14

Need a Coat?
Cornerstones, in partnership with the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office, is once again operating the Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet for 2019-2020. It operates from the community room at the Hunter Mill District Supervisor's Office, at 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190, on the following schedule:

November 14, 2019 – March 14, 2020 (Closed on Fairfax County holidays)

• Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 PM

• Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The closet will be closed from Saturday, February 22 through Saturday, February 29.

In addition to coats, hats, gloves and scarves are also available. Coats in child and adult sizes, including extra-large sizes, are available.

Have a Coat to Donate?

New and gently used, clean winter coats for men, women and children, as well as new winter hats, gloves, mittens and scarves may be donated at the following times and locations:

• Monday, October 21 through Thursday, November 7: Coats and other winter items may be delivered to Cornerstones’ main office, 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210, Reston, VA 20190, between 9 AM and 4:45 PM Monday through Friday.
• Thursday, November 14 through Thursday, January 17, 2020: Coats and other winter items may be delivered to the community room of the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190, during the closet’s operating hours (see schedule above).

Please note that coats sized for young children, teens and larger men (XXL and up) are especially in demand throughout the winter season.


Questions about volunteering at the Winter Coat Closet? Contact Morgan Grant, Community Resource Coordinator, at 571-323-3674.

Questions about donating coats? Contact Nate King, Donations and Drives Coordinator, at 571-323-9569

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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 forshelter in one of the hypothermia shelter sites. Emergency shelters that serve single adults activate a "no-turn-away" (NTA) policy by providing overflow space at the current shelter facilities.   

For families with children:

During business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), contact: Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880; TTY711.

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

After business hours:

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


Click here for phone numbers and addresses for year-round shelters for both families with children and for adults without children.

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).

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Fairfax County Farmers Markets 2019

From mid-April to December, Fairfax County's farmers markets come to life with a feast for the senses. Freshly picked fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, freshly baked bread and pastries are available, along with cheeses, fresh eggs, meats and other foods. Some vendors also carry gardening plants of all sizes.

All products sold are produced by vendors within 125 miles of Fairfax County so you can be assured that the produce you purchase at Park Authority Farmers Markets is fresh, locally-grown and consistently good. Stop by and shop at your local Farmers Market today!

Four Farmers Market locations accept SNAP/EBT cards for payment of goods: McCutcheon/Mount Vernon, Lorton, Herndon and Reston. Thanks to the Virginia Fresh Match Program, select markets match up to $20 per market visit for FREE fruits and veggies!

More information online at: or call 703-642-0128, TTY 711.

In addition to the Fairfax County farmers markets, Capital Area Food Bank offers a farmers market-style food distribution of fresh produce at Southgate Community Center, 12125 Pinecrest Road in Reston. Schedule is every 2nd Saturday year-round from 10 a.m. to noon. 

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Virginia Caregiver Respite Program

Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program

The Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program (VLRVP) provides reimbursement vouchers to Virginia caregiverswho resides full-time, in the same household as the person receiving care, for the cost of temporary, short-term respite care provided to individuals, of any age, with a documented disability or special need. VLRVP is focusing on people with dementia and grandparents or relative caregivers providing care to a childnot more than 18 years of age or an individual 19 to 59 years of age with a severe disability.

Priority will be given to assist those caregivers with the greatest social and economic need. Respite funding is limited to $400 per family thru July 31, 2021, or untilfunds are exhausted. Funds may NOT be used to reimburse household expenses ordaycare (to go to work or other daycare). Due to limited funds, not all eligible applications will be approved and households that received a pastbenefit will be ineligible.

Go to website for more details and application.

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Affordable Health Insurance - Open Enrollment 2020

2020 Open Enrollment runs from November 1 to December 15

4 key dates regarding health insurance enrollment for 2020

·        Nov 1, 2019: Open Enrollment Period Starts

·        Dec 15, 2019: Last day to enroll for coverage starting January 1, 2020

·        Jan 1, 2018: Health coverage starts, if premium paid.

·        Jan 31, 2018: Open Enrollment ends.

Apply online, by phone, or in-person

You can learn about and apply for health coverage several ways:

You can apply for Medicaid and FAMIS any time

The Marketplace will tell you whether you qualify for Medicaid or FAMIS. If you qualify for Medicaid or FAMIS, your coverage can begin immediately.

Get health coverage in 4 steps

1. Create an account. Go to the Health Insurance Marketplace and select Virginia to begin. Provide some basic information to setup an account. You will need an e-mail address to setup an account on If you do not have an email address you can apply for coverage by calling 1-800-318-2596 or contacting an enrollment assister.

2. Fill out the online application. You'll provide information about you and your family, like income, household size, current health coverage information, and more. This will help the health insurance marketplace identify options that meet your needs.

3. Compare your options. You'll be able to see all the options you qualify for, including private insurance plans and free and low-cost coverage through Virginia's Medicaid program and Family Access to Medicaid Insurance Security (FAMIS) program.

4. Enroll. After you choose a plan, you need to contact your chosen insurance company to pay your first premium by the due date and complete your enrollment. If you have any questions, there's plenty of help at and throughout Virginia.

For more information and assistance in applying, visit:    

Enroll Virginia

NVFS Enrollment Assistance

Cover Virginia

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Crisis Assistance

CrisisAssistance Program

The Crisis Assistance programhelps households in emergency situations by providing primary heat securitydeposits and funding the repair or replacement of heating equipment StartingJanuary 1, it can also be used to pay for bills for utilities that are indanger of being disconnected Applicationsare being accepted November 1 through March 15.

Click here for moreinformation online or call the Department of Family Services’ Energy Assistancephone line at 703-787-3100, TTY 711 or fax 703-643-1355.


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Virginia CommonHelp Application - Apply online for state social services


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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