If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness:

  • Contact the Department of Human Services Community Assistance Bureau (CAB) at 703-228-1300 for assistance.
  • In case of shelter need during non-business hours, households should call 703-228-1010 for assistance.

Arlington County’s Centralized Access System (CAS), operated by the Department of Human Services Community Assistance Bureau, provides access to services across the entire Continuum of Care or homeless response system. Utilizing comprehensive, client-centered assessments, CAS connects households as quickly as possible with the interventions that will most effectively and efficiently prevent or end their experience of homelessness and lead to greater stability.

The Community Assistance Bureau's Clinical Coordination Program helps Arlington residents find shelter, emergency food and other vital DHS and community services. Referrals can be made to all Arlington County shelters.

Click on the following links for more information:

Lifeline: Call 9-8-8 if you are experiencing a mental health crisis and would like to speak with a trained crisis counselor. The lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress. 


Doorways 24-hour Domestic Violence & Sexual Violence Hotline: Call 703-237-0881 if you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in our community.


If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness or is at risk of experiencing homelessness, please visit the Homeless Services main page.

Learn About Arlington's Response

Arlington County has a core network of interconnected programs and services (called a Continuum of Care, or CoC) to assist people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness. To find out more, visit Arlington County Efforts to Address Homelessness.

Learn more about our CoC Governance here.

Resources for Partners

More resources for providers can be found here.

Contact Us

Economic Independence Division
2100 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22204
703-228-1788 TTY 


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You can check your eligibility, apply for public assistance programs, and manage your account online through Virginia CommonHelp. Click here to learn what documentation and information you will need when you apply.

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