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
- $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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