Panhandling can be found in most areas of our county, generating many questions and complaints from our residents. 

While we may get a good feeling by providing money to an individual who panhandles, the reality is that those who are truly in need require long-term, sustainable assistance. 

Directing people in need to county-provided resources is much more effective. The good news is that our county has many services and staff dedicated to help those in need.


Connect People with County Resources

Refer people who panhandle – or anyone you see who may be in need – to our critical services, including food and shelter.  Print and share the Human Services Handout, available in multiple languages:

Arabic | Chinese | English | Farsi | Hindi | Korean | Spanish | Urdu | Vietnamese

County Resources

County Services for People in Need

Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning (CSP)

  • 703-222-0880

We can help if you or someone you know needs information and/or referrals for emergency food, shelter, clothing, transportation, health care, employment or legal assistance.

Learn more about county resources available for those in need:

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB)

  • Entry and Referrals: 703-383-8500
  • Emergency Services: 703-573-5679

We can help if you or someone you know is experiencing issues related to mental health, substance use or a developmental disability.

Fairfax County Homeless Healthcare Program

  • 703-246-2411

We can help if you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness and is in need of care for chronic health conditions, prescriptions, and/or dental and eye care.

Fairfax County Domestic Violence Hotline/Helpline

  • 703-360-7273

We can help if you or someone you know being impacted by intimate partner violence. This 24-hour hotline provides support, information, and referrals to counseling, shelter, and treatment to victims of domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, and stalking

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