The cost of living in metro DC is among the highest in the nation, with rent on a two-bedroom Arlington apartment averaging $2,114 per month. Let's face it: making payments like these can be difficult for low-income families, especially when temporary unemployment, an unexpected illness, or a sudden financial crisis, strikes. Since 1975, Arlington Thrive has provided same-day emergency financial assistance to residents of the county who cannot pay for their basic needs for rent, utilities, medical or dental bills, prescription costs, work-related transportation needs or related emergencies. Arlington Thrive works in collaboration with government and private agencies and relies on them to assess true need and to provide case management for clients. The result? No duplication of services, and 88 cents on the dollar going directly to financial assistance. Arlington Thrive's Homelessness Prevention program aims to stop homelessness before it starts. With four part-time staff and nearly 40 volunteers, it annually serves approximately 3,000 clients in Arlington County. Your donation keeps countless families warm, safe, and at home, where they belong.

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County

Age Groups Served: All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 25%; Caucasian, 40%; Latino/Hispanic, 35%

Population(s) Served: All

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 27295

United Way Agency Number: 8406

Awards & Recognition

Arlington Dept. of Human Services recognized Arlington Thrive for its outstanding work with the Arlington County Permanent Supportive Housing Program in 2010.


Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Arlington Thrive is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue selected us as one of its featured charities! Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $29 million for charities across Greater Washington.

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