Emergency Assistance

For Rent, Utilities, Clothing, and Medical Expenses

Arlington County Department of Human Services Crisis Assistance Bureau 703-228-1300

Provides emergency financial assistance with rent, utilities, clothing and medical expenses.

Arlington Thrive

Provides same day emergency assistance to Arlington residents (requires referral from a case manager at DHS or Arlington nonprofit.)

Salvation Army

Provides eviction prevention and utility assistance.

Arlington Interfaith Network:

Homeless Services

Pathforward (formerly A-SPAN)

Provides a full spectrum of homeless services primarily to single individuals: shelter, meals, clothing, case management at Homeless Services Center and scattered site apartments.


Provides a domestic violence shelter, shelter for homeless youth and families, and housing, financial counseling and children’s programs.

Bridges to Independence

Provides shelter for homeless families and housing, workforce development and financial empowerment programs.

Borromeo Housing

Provides shelter and mentoring for young mothers and their children.

New Hope Housing

Provides shelter, housing and supportive services for homeless individuals.

Domestic Violence Assistance


Doorways provides a 24-hour domestic and sexual violence hotline (703-237-0881), a domestic violence shelter, court advocacy and the Revive counseling program for domestic and sexual violence survivors.

Affordable Housing

These organizations develop and manage affordable housing properties for lower-income residents of Arlington:

Food Assistance


Arlington Free Clinic

Provides free healthcare to low-income, uninsured Arlington County adults through the generosity of donors and volunteers.

Arlington Pediatric Center

Pediatric clinic for low-income children located at Virginia Hospital Center.

Neighborhood Health

Public health clinic providing full range of primary care to individuals and families regardless of ability to pay.

Cover VA

Website provides information on health insurance options including Medicaid, FAMIS and the Marketplace.

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services

Arlington County Behavioral Health Division

Provides a range of behavioral health care and substance abuse treatment services to Arlington adults and children.
Emergency Mental Health Services: 703-228-5160
Crisis Link Hotline: 703.527.4077 or text CONNECT to: 85511

NVFS Multicultural Center

Provides culturally competent, language-specific mental health services to individuals, couples and families.

Catholic Charities Family Services

Provides out-patient counseling services to individuals, couples, parent-child relationships, and families on a sliding scale fee based on income.

National Capital Treatment and Recovery

Provides residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment to help individuals toward recovery.

Dental Services

These organizations provide low-cost dental services to low-income, uninsured individuals.


Suited for Change

Provides professional attire, coaching, and skills training to women in need who are seeking employment.

Dress for Success

Provides free professional attire and employment search support to low-income women seeking employment.

Clothesline for Arlington Kids

Distributes new and gently used quality clothing free of charge to low-income school-aged children.

Child Care

Child Care Subsidy Program

Program through Arlington County that provides financial support for child care for children aged 0-13.

Child Care Provider Map

This map displays child care providers in Arlington and shows which have open slots.

Head Start and Early Head Start

Full day, year-round program for children aged 0-5 (parents must meet income requirements)

Virginia Preschool Initiative

Free preschool for 4 year-olds (parents must meet income requirements).

Arlington Public Schools Montessori Program 

Full day preschool program for children aged 3-5, sliding scale tuition

Workforce Development

Arlington Employment Center

Provides job readiness skill development, job search assistance and a wide variety of free employment training programs for Arlington residents.

La Cocina

Bilingual culinary skills training program with an on-site café.

Together We Bake

Culinary skills program centered around a small baking business through which women actively participate in food production, food safety education, and customer service.

Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC)

Employment and education center that helps day laborers obtain skills and find employment.

Goodwill of Greater Washington

Provides a variety of job readiness and job training programs for low-income individuals in the Greater D.C. area. Some training programs offer a certification to boost employability and earnings.


Arlington Public Schools


Academic enrichment and after school program for upper elementary students.


Leadership development and language programs for immigrant youth.

The Dream Project

Mentoring/scholarship program for immigrant youth.

Returning Citizens Assistance

These organizations provide support for citizens returning from incarceration including counseling, mentoring, employment assistance and residential programs.

Legal Services

Just Neighbors

Provides free immigration legal services

Northern Virginia Family Service

Provides free immigration legal services


Provides immigration legal services as well as a variety of social services for the immigrant community

Legal Services of Northern Virginia

Provides free legal assistance in several practice areas

Legal Aid Justice Center

Provides free legal services to low-income VA residents

Disability Services

Arlington County Community Services Board

Provides service coordination, residential services and employment services for people with developmental disabilities.

Arlington Parent Infant Education Program

Provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

Endependence Center of Northern Virginia

Provides a variety of services to increase the well-being and independence of individuals with disabilities.

Parent Resource Center

Provides resources and support for parents of children receiving special education services in Arlington Public Schools.

Arlington Special Education PTA

Parent-teacher Association for students with disabilities in Arlington Public Schools, providing parent support and educational events for both parents and school personnel.

The Arc of Northern Virginia

Provides information, resources and advocacy for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Aging Services

Aging and Disability Resource Center

Provides assessments and service coordination for adults over 60 who need in-home supports and/or nursing home placement and coordinates support services.

Area Agency on Aging

Promotes the maximum level of independence of persons 60 and older by providing assistance with nutrition, transportation, money management, and legal services.

Online Resource Guides with Additional Resources