Thrive provides direct, emergency financial assistance to residents facing acute financial challenges. We partner with county governments and peer nonprofits to identify individuals eligible for rapid, emergency financial assistance to pay for unexpected medical expenses, rent and utility payments, and other crippling expenses. In the short term, we address financial crises faced by our neighbors so that they can afford to purchase food, pay medical bills, make rent, and more. In the long term, we prevent homelessness and unemployment; we help people pay for vital health care and childcare and we create a stronger, more vibrant community. 


Emergency Funding Programs: 

Daily Fund Program

Thrive’s oldest program. The “Daily Fund” provides emergency assistance to Arlington residents who find themselves in a financial crisis. The program pays rent, utility bills, medical and dental bills, prescriptions, transportation and some work-related expenses. Only Arlington Thrive or Department of Human Services (DHS) case managers can make requests from this fund.  

The Program is jointly funded by Arlington County and Arlington Thrive.


Carter-Jenkinson Program

The Carter-Jenkinson Memorial Homelessness Prevention Fund provides rental and related assistance for Arlington households that are experiencing financial crises that put them at risk of eviction or becoming homeless, and whose needs are greater than the Daily Fund can accommodate. The program is named for two former Arlington Thrive Board members, Eleanor Carter and Frieda Jenkinson. Only Arlington Thrive or Department of Human Services (DHS) case managers can make requests from this fund.  The Program is jointly funded by Arlington County and Arlington Thrive.


Arlington Emergency Relief Program

Created in response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Arlington Emergency Relief Fund (AERF) provides same-day emergency assistance for those facing severe hardship in Arlington.

This money is available for Thrive Case Managers and partnering nonprofits. We can use this money for a variety of needs with greater flexibility than the Daily Fund or Carter-Jenkinson. This Program is solely funded by Arlington Thrive.


Youth in Transition Program

Like Arlington Thrive’s Daily Emergency Needs Assistance Fund, the Youth in Transition Fund provides immediate financial assistance to youth in transition (ages 17-24) facing short-term emergency financial assistance needs.  Youth in Transition can include youth aging out of or exiting foster care and other young adult populations identified by participating partners. This money is available for Thrive Case Managers and partnering nonprofits.

This Program is solely funded by Arlington Thrive.


Thrive Community Initiatives:

Affordable ChildCare Initiative 

Access to affordable childcare is essential for building thriving communities. Arlington Thrive has hired its first-ever Child Care Coordinator in partnership with Arlington County to find solutions to one of the greatest expenses families face. Our Child Care Coordinator provides families with childcare resources using networks of providers, nonprofits, and resources and supports families in completing childcare subsidy paperwork. The Coordinator also problem-solves around other barriers to accepting the subsidy to expand the supply of Arlington’s affordable childcare. 

In addition to hiring a childcare coordinator, Thrive has conducted extensive interviews with the county and nationwide experts to determine how childcare access can be expanded. As a key convener, Thrive has been highlighting successful childcare models from around the country based on an ongoing research initiative, the Campaign for Comprehensive Childcare. Thrive continues to find innovative ways to bring community stakeholders together by promoting solutions for all of Arlington’s families. 


Arlington InterFaith Network 

In recognition of the long history of faith-based organizations in assisting those in need in our community, Arlington Thrive facilitates the activities of the Arlington Interfaith Network (AIN) to convene people of diverse faiths for the spiritual well-being and the common good of Arlington. AIN is governed by a steering committee of clergy, local leaders, and Thrive staff, and funded by private donations, Arlington Thrive, and various faith organizations. The AIN has four elements of its mission. Firstly, to network and share fellowship with one another.

Secondly, to learn and grow from one another. Thirdly, to speak together as a united voice on core values, issues, and events happening in the community and world. Finally, to learn from the community and to share with all congregations.


Case Management Program

In response to COVID-19, the rapid increase in demand for our services has led us to hire a robust case management team  Our team of six case managers, including multiple Master’s of Social Work, allows us to work directly with clients to address complex issues and to better gauge the effectiveness of our programs. These case managers work to support Arlington County and our nonprofit partners.

The goal of our case management team is to provide emergency financial assistance that prevents our clients from experiencing the devastating, long-term effects of eviction, homelessness, hunger, and untreated medical conditions. Once we’ve helped our clients avert a financial crisis, our case managers refer clients to any programs or services that might help them build long-term stability. 



Other Programs:

The following programs are funded and operated by Arlington County.  Arlington Thrive serves as the fiscal agent and therefore, does not have any authorization to use these funds.


Permanent Supportive Housing Emergency Program

This financial assistance fund is used exclusively for the emergency needs of clients of the County’s Permanent Supportive Housing Emergency Program. This program helps residents with the most complex challenges — individuals and families who are not only homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, but who also have very low incomes and serious, persistent issues that may include substance use, mental illness or other disabilities, and HIV/AIDS. 


Permanent Supportive Housing Maintenance Program

This program coincides with PSHE program mentioned above. This program helps keeps families in permanent supportive housing by funding any utility or other miscellaneous expenses.


Security Deposit Loan Program 

The Section 8 Security Deposit Loan Program provides a much-needed service to families seeking to move into federal “Section 8” rental units. These loans, for the amount of the security deposit, enable the renter who cannot afford both the first month’s rent as well as the security deposit to move into permanent housing. Repayment terms are interest-free.


Arlington Landlord Partnership Risk Reduction Fund (ARP-RRF)

The Arlington Landlord Partnership Risk Reduction Fund is designed as an incentive for landlords to rent to clients participating in supportive housing programs. The Risk Reduction Fund provides participating landlords with up to $3,000 of financial coverage if the client vacates the unit and leaves unpaid rent or damages beyond normal wear and tear. The Risk Reduction Fund project is part of the Arlington County Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness’ Housing Committee and a collaborative effort between the Arlington County Housing Assistance Bureau, community nonprofit homeless service providers and Arlington County Landlords.