On a freezing winter night, or sweltering summer day, up to 450 people in Arlington will have nowhere to go and no one to call. So outreach lies at the heart of Arlington Street People's Assistance Network. Staff take to the streets daily, seeking out homeless adults in parks and metro stations, in the woods, and under bridges. Each month, they distribute 2,400 bagged meals, 1,000 articles of clothing, and 950 hygiene items. Slowly, they build trust with their clients, encouraging them to seek services on their own terms. Opportunity Place Drop-In Center welcomes homeless single adults year-round. There, they can shower, use the phone, receive mail, and access free medical care and annual vaccinations; they can also pursue employment, investigate benefits, and explore housing options. A permanent supportive housing program serves chronically homeless individuals who suffer from substance abuse or mental illness; an emergency shelter can house 88 people during frigid winters. The goal: permanent housing for Arlington’s most vulnerable people. The method: outreach built on trust, respect, and understanding. Won't you lend a hand?

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Native American; Other

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Awards & Recognition



  • A vote for Nonprofit Group Could be Worth $1 million
    Thu Jan 7 2010, Washington Post and washingtonpost.com  
    A-SPAN is eligible for a $1 million grand prize through the Chase Giving Challenge.

  • Bad Economy Making More People Homeless
    Thu Mar 12 2009, NBC4 News and http://www.nbcwashington.com  
    With homelessness on the rise, groups like Arlington Street People's Assistance Network need help more than ever to provide ongoing support.

  • Four Legged Friends Lend Helping Paw for The Homeless
    Wed Nov 12 2008  
    ArlingtonDogs, a community group that manages the eight dog parks in Arlington Virginia, and the Arlington Street People's Assistance Network hosted a mini-walk to raise awareness and financial support for the work A-SPAN does on behalf of the street homeless in Arlington County. Mini-walks are held each year leading up to the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon on the National Mall, being held this year on Nov. 22. A-SPAN held a total of 14 mini walks this year.

  • A-SPAN Helps the Homeless
    Tue Oct 21 2008  
    A-SPAN works with street homeless in Arlington County with special focus on work being done in Rosslyn that is supported by the Rosslyn BID

Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN) is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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