To be successful, there must be strong community will. In addition to the five organizational elements led by the leaders throughout the community, the engagement of nonprofit community service providers (nonprofit partners) are required to gain the needed understanding, acceptance, and support of the housing and facilities required to prevent and end homelessness. These organizations address homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church community, including significant cooperation in the provision of outreach, prevention services and assistance, the operation of the area’s shelter system, hypothermia prevention during winter months, and in the provision of transitional and permanent housing programs. These partners also enter client information into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS); validating client information and thus making communitywide data available.
Nonprofits listed below are grouped by the general area of the county where they provide services:
Alexandria/Rt. 1 Corridor/South County
o Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc.
- Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc. (BHNV) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help women and their children who have suffered from domestic violence regain health and dignity and become reestablished in their community. BHNV provides temporary housing and support for survivors to regain control of their lives. Domestic violence survivors receive safe housing, comprehensive services and specialized counseling to recover from the physical and emotional trauma of abuse.
o Christian Relief Services
- Christian Relief Services, along with its affiliate Christian Relief Services of Virginia, own and operate scattered site housing units throughout Fairfax County working in partnership with public agencies and other non-profits to provide transitional, permanent supportive and affordable housing for families and adults who may be homeless, disabled and/or low-income depending on program eligibility criteria. In addition, owns and operates Safe Places Transitional Housing offering safe, trauma-informed support services to victims of domestic violence and their children for up to 24 months. Volunteer opportunities are available.
o Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
- Good Shepherd Housing provides affordable housing in southeast Fairfax County. Clients who are in our housing receive budget counseling and referrals to other resources to promote self-sufficiency.
o New Hope Housing
- Founded in 1977, the mission of New Hope Housing is to end homelessness in Northern Virginia by providing shelter, housing, and the tools to build a better life for homeless men, women, and families. Today, New Hope Housing operates 6 shelters, 3 short-term and 9 permanent supportive housing programs, as well as outreach, prevention, and employment programs in Fairfax County, Arlington County, Alexandria, and Falls Church. Volunteers are welcome to prepare and serve meals, tutor or mentor residents, and help prepare shelter guests for employment.
o United Community Ministries
- United Community Ministries mobilizes the power of community to equip, educate, and empower people to measurably improve their lives. UCM prevents homelessness and provides critical supportive services to vulnerable families. UCM clients have access to case management, emergency food, assistance to prevent eviction and utility cut-off, access to medical, dental, and prescription drug assistance.
- Homestretch provides housing and services for homeless families with children. Individualized case plans focus on addressing all the barriers in the family’s path to stability and self-sufficiency, and providing a depth of services to equip the families to increase their income, reduce their debt, acquire certifications and degrees, build savings, restore health, resolve legal problems and secure permanent housing. Services include case management, credit counseling, employment services, scholarships for training and school, therapy, on-site medical clinic, life skills and parenting classes, ESOL classes, after-school programs for teens, an onsite nursery and licensed pre-K program for children ages 3-5.
o Northern Virginia Family Services
- Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), established in 1924, actively assists residents in Fairfax County and beyond in accessing safe, affordable housing. We leverage community partners and volunteers to provide wraparound services that empower families and individuals to improve their quality of life.
o Second Story
- Founded in 1972 as a shelter for runaway youth, Second Story helps children, youth and families by stepping in at critical moments and providing safe havens and opportunities to grow and thrive. Second Story offers crisis intervention, short term shelter and long-term housing assistance to young people ages 13 to 24 as well as safe housing and services to pregnant and parenting young women and their children.
o Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
- Founded in 1963, PRS has transformed the lives of thousands of people in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. through its mental health, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services. PRS provides a variety of mental health services to ensure our clients achieve safety, personal wellness, recovery, community integration and remain independent in our community. PRS volunteers serve in our programs through direct client support, board leadership, administrative support and committee participation.
- Founded in 1970, Cornerstones exists so that individuals and families who are homeless or living in poverty can access vital resources that solve their needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing, childcare, employment, food and other human services. Cornerstones promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need in northwestern Fairfax County and the Dulles corridor, and works in partnership with all sectors to build strong and connected communities where individuals have opportunities to contribute and thrive.
o Family PASS
- Family PASS focuses on case management and homelessness prevention for families in Fairfax County. Our goal is to strengthen families experiencing and at risk of homelessness by providing emergency assistance and wrap-around case management and by connecting them to resources and services needed to become self-sufficient, such as education, employment services, child care, food, transportation, and health care.
o Shelter House
- Shelter House prevents and ends homelessness and domestic violence by engaging the community, building effective relationships and providing crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services. Shelter House operates two family shelters and Fairfax County's only 24/7 Domestic Violence Shelter.
- FACETS began as a meal distribution outreach effort in 1988. FACETS opens doors by helping parents, their children, and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty in Fairfax County. We meet their emergency shelter, food, and medical needs, help them gain safe sustainable and permanent housing, and work with them to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty through educational, life skills, and career counseling programs.
o The Lamb Center
- The Lamb Center was started in 1992 as a homeless drop-in shelter serving the poor and poor in spirit. Over the years we have added meals, showers, laundry service, a clothing closet, medical & mental health care, case management, and a dental clinic.
o Pathway Homes
- Since 1980, Pathway Homes has provided a variety of non-time-limited housing and supportive services to adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders. We do so by partnering with individuals on their personal journey toward self-fulfillment and realization of their dreams while maintaining permanent stable housing in the community. Pathways complements the work of its dedicated staff with support from individual volunteers, and volunteer groups.
o Volunteers of America-Chesapeake
The Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program (SSVFP) is a housing first, supportive services outreach program operated by VOA Chesapeake, Inc. and the VA SSVF Program Office. The SSVFP is a community-based program which provides a range of supportive services to very low income Veteran families, defined as a Veteran and family members or single Veterans, in or transitioning to permanent housing to promote housing stability. The primary goals are to assist families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing and prevent at-risk families from becoming homeless—consistent with the HUD HPRP’s (Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Programs).