Cold Weather Plan for Safety of Homeless Persons

Updated Emergency Shelter Operations January 5, 2022
Effective immediately –  Due to the high rates of COVID-19 transmission resulting from the new Omicron strain, the Arlington County Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Continuum of Care (CoC), is temporarily relocating single adult emergency shelters to the Days Inn Pentagon (located at 3030 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA 22204). Shelters impacted include: The Homeless Services Center and Hypothermia Shelter operated by PathForward and the Residential Program Center operated by New Hope Housing. Day program services (laundry facilities and other support services) will be temporarily closed and may re-open on a limited basis. PathForward Outreach teams will continue to work with people sleeping outside, providing medical and social services and connections to needed resources and supplies.

If you or someone you know are experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness, you can still call 703-228-1010. 

On November 1, 2021, Arlington will activate its Cold Weather Plan to keep people who are experiencing homelessness safe when the weather becomes extremely cold this winter.

Emergency Winter Shelter

The Homeless Services Center, located at 2020-A 14th St N (Courthouse area) and operated by Path Forward, offers 50 year-round beds, five medical respite beds, and has an additional 35 during the winter months. Other facilities have been designated to handle overflow in the event of extremely severe weather. During this period individuals seeking emergency shelter do not have to call ahead. They can just show up for shelter that night and then will coordinate with the Department of Human Services for intake the next business day.

People staying at the shelter get a safe place to sleep as well as food, a hot shower, laundry facilities and access to a range of services through the Department of Human Services and community partners.

Where to Call for Immediate Assistance

The Department of Human Services Community Assistance Bureau (CAB) is the first call to make for help if you or someone you know is, or is at risk of, experiencing homelessness. We help Arlington residents find shelter, emergency food, housing and other vital services. Referrals can be made to all Arlington County shelters.

  • Arlington County Community Assistance Bureau – 703-228-1300
  • In case of shelter need or if someone you know is, or is at risk of, experiencing homelessness, please call 703-228-1010  anytime 24/7 for assistance.

In case of shelter need or if someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, please call  703-228-1010  anytime 24/7 for assistance.