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Hypothermia Shelters
Fuel Assistance and Crisis Assistance
Affordable Health Insurance - Open Enrollment 2017
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Virginia CommonHelp - Apply online for state social services

Hypothermia Shelters

The Hypothermia Prevention Program isa partnership among Fairfax County government, adult shelters, and various faith, volunteer and civic organizations. Individuals in need of shelter duringthis time should contact the nearest adult shelter to make arrangements forshelter in one of the hypothermia shelter sites.The "no-turn-away" policy will be in effect beginning December1st.  

For families with children:

During business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), contact: Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880; TTY703-803-7914.

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

Afterbusiness hours:

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


Click herefor phone numbers and addresses for year-round shelters for both families with children and for adults withoutchildren.


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Fuel Assistance and Crisis Assistance

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

The Fuel Assistance program helps eligible households with low-income with the costs of heating their homes. Applications are being accepted October 10, 2017 through November 13, 2017.

The Crisis Assistance program helps households in emergency situations by providing primary heat security deposits and funding the repair or replacement of heating equipment Starting January 1, it can also be used to pay for bills for utilities that are in danger of being disconnected Applications are being accepted November 1, 2017 through March 15, 2018.

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

Apply Online or Download an application online

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Affordable Health Insurance - Open Enrollment 2017

Open Enrollment for affordable health insurance for 2018 is November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018.

4 key dates regarding health insurance enrollment for 2018

·        Nov 1, 2017: Marketplace open enrollment starts.

·        Dec 15, 2017: Last day to enroll for coverage starting January 1, 2018.

·        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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Upcoming Events

Free Financial Clinics (FCC) (English) (Spanish)

Free Presentation: What Do We Really Think About Fathers?

Free Parent Resource Center Workshops

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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