77% of shelter residents obtained stable housing upon their exit from our shelter.
Housing & Transportation
- Eviction Prevention
- The Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) Eviction Prevention Program is comprised of two housing services that provide emergency financial assistance to low and moderate-income households that are facing a housing crisis.
The Eviction Prevention Program includes the SHARE-HIP (Homeless Intervention Program), which provides assistance for rent, security deposits, and utility cut-off.
The HIP is funded by the State, and is administered in Arlington and Fairfax Counties. Case management services are a key component of the Evictiction Prevention Program. Emergency financial assistance and case management services, offered through the Eviction Prevention Program, are provided to eligible Arlington and Fairfax County households.
- Housing Counseling
- The goal of the Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) Housing Counseling Program is to help individuals and families become self-reliant by helping them to identify achievable goals, and to develop budgeting and money management skills that will serve to enhance long-term housing stability. The Housing Counseling Program offers short-term intensive case management services to low and moderate-income households; clients may also be eligible to receive emergency financial assistance (for rent, security deposits, mortgages, and utility cut-off notices). Short-term intensive case management services are offered for a minimum of 3 months, and a maximum of 6 months. Clients also attend budgeting and money management workshops. The Housing Counseling Program is administered in Arlington and Fairfax Counties.
- Transitional Housing
- In Fairfax County, Northern Virginia Family Service works with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, Reston Interfaith, Inc. and United Community Ministries to provide homeless families transitional housing. In the BEST (Building, Encouraging, Supporting & Teaching) Transitional Housing Program in Prince William County, Northern Virginia Family Service owns eight transitional houses to help single, homeless mothers. In both programs, case managers provide life-skills training, financial planning and counseling to assist the participants in reaching self-sufficiency.
- Partnership for Permanent Housing (PPH)
- This program seeks to address the challenges of owning a home in Fairfax County. PPH has as its goal to turn 25 current renting families into homeowners in approximately five years. With NVFS as a spearhead, this program is being funded by Fairfax County, and will receive case management support from Reston Interfaith and New Hope Housing.
- Housing Assistance Program (HAP)
- HAP offers housing assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS. There is a long-term and a short-term program to help Northern Virginians with unexpected emergencies pertaining to health or related issues.
- BEST Transitional Housing
- Rental Assistance
- Money Management for Seniors
- The Daily Money Management Program (DMMP) goal is to help older people maintain their independence by helping them to manage their daily finances.
- Capital One Financial advice seminars
- TD Bank Financial advice seminars
Children & Youth Services
- Early Head Start
- Early Head Start is a federally funded community-based program serving low-income expectant mothers and families with infants and toddlers. The mission of EHS is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning.
- Head Start
- The newly renovated Arlington Child Development Center provides 204 children, ages 3-5, with full-day, full-year services under the Head Start program. Parents also receive education and support to help their children succeed.
- Healthy Families
- Part of the nationwide Healthy Families America initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America, Healthy Families of Northern Virginia Family Service offers comprehensive support and guidance, through home visitation, to vulnerable parents. Healthy Families is devoted to promoting the health, early stimulation and nurturing of children at risk of poor outcomes.
- Al's Pals
- 1-2-1 Mentoring
- Our City of Falls Church Mentoring Program is an after school program designed to assist youth in building skills, knowledge, and attitudes that prepare them to be healthy, productive and contributing members of their communities now and in the future. Through the development of a consistent and supportive relationship with an adult mentor, youth in the program strengthen existing assets and develop additional skills that will enhance their successful transition from youth to adulthood.
- Gang Intervention (IPE)
- Gang prevention and intervention services are provided to youth ages 12-21 throughout Northern Virginia, including Arlington County, City of Alexandria, City of Falls Church, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County. Each jurisdiction has at least one Intervention Prevention Education (IPE) counselor assigned who acts as a bridge connecting the youth and services in their community and works closely with the Gang Response Intervention Team (GRIT) coordinator from the jurisdiction served. The program promotes the integration of interventions across service systems, including employment, mentoring, recreation programs, mental health, court services, schools, and other community agencies, among others.
- Home-based Counseling
- The Leadership, Education, Achievement and Diversity program is a school-based mental health program for low-income, ethnic or language minority children and adolescents who are underperforming academically, have frequent absences, are exhibiting behavioral problems in the school setting, and/or are having social difficulties. The services are provided in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools and the Fairfax County Department of Family Services.
Foster and Respite Care
- Special Foster Care
- Special Foster Care provides temporary, quality, family settings for children with special needs. As a result, the children are given the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.
The program serves children from birth through age eighteen who have emotional, behavioral, physical or developmental needs that cannot be met in their own homes. Northern Virginia Family Service social workers carefully match each child with an appropriate, trained foster family.
- Therapuetic Respite Care
- Therapeutic Respite pairs children having special needs (behavioral, emotional, or physical) with a specially trained family for regular visits. During the visits to the respite home, the child is provided a continuation of their therapeutic plan.
- Training Futures
- Training Futures operates a program designed to work with low-income, unemployed or under paid individuals to make the move from dead-end jobs to stable, professional work.
- Construction Training (CTOP)
- The Construction Trades Opportunities Program (CTOP) has been redesigned to help more people and to meet Northern Virginia's need for skilled construction workers.
- Facilities Maintenance Training (FMaTT)
- Northern Virginia Family Service and NOVA jointly offer a noncredit training program leading to employment opportunities as entry-level maintenance technicians in commercial buildings. This Program is offered at no cost to qualified residents of Fairfax County. Below, is an outline which describes the 46-hour training program and delivery model. Trainees may secure employment at the Job Fair earning $13/hr and up along with benefits.
- Ways to Work
- The Ways to Work Loan Program is designed to provide low-interest loans to families to help them purchase or repair a vehicle to maintain their employment. It is anticipated that the average purchase loan will not exceed $4,000 and will be repaid over 24 months. The average car repair loan will not exceed $750 and will be repayable over 12 months.
- Vehicles for Change
- The Vehicles for Change program was established to assist low-income individuals in our community as they strive to become self-reliant. The program receives donations of used cars from the community and prepares them to be “road ready” for distribution to eligible recipients.
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Health & Wellness
- Adult Health
- People who are working do not always get adequate benefits; there are many in our community who work and yet have inadequate health care, or none at all. The goal of the Adult Health program is to link these low-income adults with private health care professionals and other available resources. Adults living in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church are eligible to participate in this program. Services provided include sick visits, physicals, laboratory tests, pharmacy services and dental exams.
- Medical Care for Children Partnership
- Provides low-income, uninsured children with access to health care services through a network of private-practice medical care providers. Serves families with incomes up to 250% of the federal poverty level. Services include primary preventive and sick care, limited specialty care, dental treatment, lab services, pharmaceutical assistance, case management and information and referral services.
- Fairfax Accessible Medication Program
- A service of the Adult Health Partnership, the Fairfax Accessible Medication Program provides low-income, uninsured adults taking medications for chronic illnesses with assistance in applying to pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs. Serves adults with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level. Through participation in a patient assistance program, individuals can obtain their chronic medications either free or at a greatly reduced cost from the drug manufacturer.
- Arlington Dental Link
- Alexandria Medication Access Program
- Provides low-income, uninsured adults taking medications for chronic illnesses with assistance in applying to pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs. Serves adults with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level. Through participation in a patient assistance program, individuals can obtain their chronic medications either free or at a greatly reduced cost from the drug manufacturer.
- Prince William Pharmacy Access
- Loudoun Accessible Medication Program
- Provides low-income, uninsured adults taking medications for chronic illnesses with assistance in applying to pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs. Serves persons with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level. Through participation in a patient assistance program, individuals can obtain their chronic medications from the drug manufacturer either free or at a greatly reduced cost.
- Dental Resource Recruitment Program
- HealthLink assists low-income families with children in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties and the City of Alexandria to find affordable health care services for their children. Services include eligibility screening, information and referral services, and assistance in applying for Medicaid, FAMIS and other safety-net health care services. HealthLink is led by Inova Health System with participation from the Fairfax County Public Schools.
- Mental Health
- Multicultural Mental Health
- Domestic Violence
- Batterer's Intervention Program
- Family Counseling
- The Family Counseling program is designed to provide skilled, therapeutic interventions to adults, children or adolescents experiencing difficult situations affecting their mental health. Depending on the need, counseling services are offered to the entire family, couples or the individual. The therapeutic process includes promoting self-knowledge and self-confidence, developing trust and enhancing communication in order to find positive solutions to life problems.
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Are you a separating or divorced parent? You may be interested in attending a TransParenting (formerly known as COPE) seminar, an educational program that helps parents lessen the negative impact of divorce on their children by focusing on separation as seen through the eyes of children.
- Anger Management
- The counseling program offers an eight-week Anger Management group several times per year.
- Program for Survivors of Torture & Trauma (PSTT)
- PSTT’s mission is to assist survivors of politically-motivated torture and to address the consequences of these human rights abuses. A comprehensive range of services is employed to address the complex results of their torture.
The program serves over 200 survivors of torture per year. In addition, hundreds of community professionals nationwide have been trained by PSTT staff to recognize and effectively address the needs of torture survivors.
- Immigration & Asylum Legal Counseling
- MHS Immigration Legal Services assists immigrants and their families from ethnically diverse backgrounds to achieve safety and stability in the United States by providing competent, culturally sensitive, and low-cost immigration-related legal services and to assist other legal services providers to do the same through training, education, and advocacy.