Bridges leads children and families out of homelessness and into stable, independent futures. Every year, hundreds of people in crisis find refuge at the emergency shelter for families and through the rapid re-housing program. Participants move quickly into safe, affordable, and permanent housing and receive case management, employment services, and financial literacy training to ensure long-term stability. Two-thirds of constituents are children and Bridges provides an extensive youth program to build their confidence, help them cope with the trauma of homelessness, improve academically, and explore college and career pathways. For the past five years, 100% of high school seniors graduated and continued on to college, employment, vocational training, or a combination of these post-secondary options. Bridges also offers free services and programs at a community services center in South Arlington. The mandate? Make homelessness brief and ensure that no family experience it again.

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

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

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)

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

Schools They Work In: Arlington County Public Schools

Awards & Recognition

Community Service Award, 2021
Gamma Phi Delta Sorority - Mu Omicron

James B. Hunter Award, 2017
Arlington Economic Development's Legacy Award for Diversity & Inclusion, 2018


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Budget (FY2023)

  • $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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