Meet Our New Executive Director!

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kerry Searle Grannis as the shelter's new executive director. Dr. Grannis comes to the Shelter with a strong background in nonprofit administration, including expertise in strategic management, funding, and outreach.

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Shelter Address: 217 Gordon Road, Falls Church, VA 22046

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6979, Falls Church, VA 22040-6979

703-854-1400  •  fcshelter@gmail.com

We welcome most donations, but due to space constraints, can not accept unattended or unexpected items. Our needs change day to day--please call ahead to see what items would most help our residents.

Note: All meals are covered for the season! We love your generosity, but please do not donate any perishable items at this time without speaking to staff. Click here for other ways to help.

The shelter is OPEN

About Us

shelter-outside-daytimeThe Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter is a 501(C)3 organization which began operations in January 1996. The organization was created to address the critical need for emergency housing in the community, especially during the winter months. In partnership with New Hope Housing, the “Friends” manage and operate the Shelter providing warm beds, meals, and counseling to the homeless in Falls Church from November through April, and offer year round case management for Shelter residents. We take pride in being a grassroots organization. Over 200 volunteers each year lend their support and the Board of Directors, composed of volunteers, is responsible for management of operations, recruiting volunteers, fundraising, and contracting. Approximately 80% of the funds required to run the Shelter has come from private sources, including individuals, faith communities, businesses, schools, and foundations.

The mission of the Friends of the Falls Church Homeless Shelter, Inc. is to better the lives of single adults who are experiencing homelessness in the Falls Church area by providing temporary shelter and other services and assisting these individuals to access permanent affordable housing and/or services needed to maintain a stable housing environment.

Shelter Tweets

1,059 People

On the night of January 28, 2016 there were 1,059 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. This represents a 12% reduction from the number counted in January 2015, or 145 less people. 577 were people in families, 482 of them were single adult individuals.

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Hypothermia Prevention Program

The Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter is part of Fairfax County's Hypothermia Prevention Program. 

The Hypothermia Prevention Program is one of the county’s most successful—and important—public-private partnerships. The program relies on nonprofit and faith-based community partners to help carry out the life-saving mission to give our most vulnerable neighbors a safe place stay from the cold.

The hypothermia shelters operate from November through March, with a "no turn-away" policy during freezing temperatures at all emergency homeless shelters.

The program partners with more than 200 faith communities with 55 host sites, mainly churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship across the county, as well as nine government agencies and four nonprofit groups.