Arlington Emergency Winter Shelter to Open Nov. 1

Arlington Emergency Winter Shelter to Open Nov. 1

  • Meals, laundry and other services available
  • Open daily 4 p.m.-9 a.m.
  • Open through March 31

ARLINGTON, Va. – November 1, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Arlington’s Emergency Winter Shelter will open for the 2013-2014 season on Friday, November 1 and remain open through March 31, 2014. This is the final winter season that the County plans to operate this shelter before replacing it with a Homeless Services Center, scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

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The “low-barrier” Emergency Winter Shelter offers Arlington men and women who are living on the streets a safe place to sleep through the cold winter months. It provides food, shower and laundry facilities, and access to a range of services through A-SPAN, the Department of Human Services and other community partners. Arlington provides other shelter options for homeless families.

Daily hours of operation will be from 4 p.m. – 9 a.m.  Hours may be extended on especially cold days.

Accommodations for up to 74 persons

The Emergency Winter Shelter can accommodate up to 74 persons, and is located in a County-owned building at 2049 15th Street North (Courthouse area). Other facilities have been designated to handle overflow in the event of extremely severe weather.

If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, call the Department of Human Services Community Assistance Bureau’s Clinical Coordination Unit, at 703-228-1300, for help. The Community Assistance Bureau connects people with shelter, emergency food and other vital DHS and community services. The  bureau can make referrals to all Arlington County shelters.

About the Emergency Winter Shelter

The EWS is funded by Arlington County Government and operated, under the supervision of the County’s Department of Human Services, by the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), a local non-profit agency focused on providing life-sustaining services for people living on Arlington’s streets. To learn more about volunteer and donation opportunities with A-SPAN, contact Sarah Morse at 703-842-0168 or visit A-SPAN’s website.

10 Year Plan to End Homelessness

Arlington County launched a 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in 2008, establishing a goal that no individual or family shall lack access to decent, affordable housing. Learn more about this effort on the County’s website. A key achievement in Arlington’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness is the County’s decision to build the Homeless Services Center at 2020 14th St. N. The center will offer year-round comprehensive services aimed at getting homeless persons off the streets and into permanent housing.

Upcoming community meeting on homelessness
On Wednesday, November 6, Arlington County is holding a community meeting on homelessness. “Ending Homelessness in Arlington: A Community Effort” will include a snapshot of the state of homelessness in Arlington, provide attendees with information on community efforts to prevent and end homelessness, and outline ways people can get involved. The meeting takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St., Arlington, VA 22201.

Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation’s Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America’s preeminent places to live, visit and do business.

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Kurt Larrick
703-228-1775 (voice)

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