Homelessness rates may be down in the inner suburbs of Northern Virginia, but many families still struggle to stay in their homes or find affordable housing. Bridges to Independence (formerly Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless) is addressing this challenge by giving homeless people shelter, counseling, and employment training so they can return to living independently. Its Sullivan House provides 120 individuals a year with short-term transitional housing and counseling to address the personal or family issues that may have contributed to their homelessness. Intended to help vulnerable families before they become homeless, the Adopt-A-Family Program provides rental subsidies and job training to help participants become self-sufficient within six months. Participants frequently graduate with housing leases in their names or increased savings in their bank accounts. For families who may be at risk of becoming homeless because of an unexpected economic hardship such as an illness, the loss of a job, or reduction in hours worked, the Homeless Prevention Program provides immediate short-term financial assistance. These are your neighbors: they deserve a place to call home.

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-City of Alexandria

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

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

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls

Schools They Work In: Arlington County Public Schools

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Budget (FY2013)

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

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