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217 Gordon Road, Falls Church, VA 22046

(Please do not send mail or packages to this address, and no unattended dropoffs)

703-854-1400  •

The shelter is OPEN for the season

Operating hours: 6:00pm - 8:00am every day

Homeless. Not hopeless.

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 December through March, 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.

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1,225 People

On the night of January 29, 2014 there were 1,225 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. Single individuals represent 43 percent of the total number of persons counted and people in families accounted for other 57 percent.

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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.

It is thanks to the collaborative efforts of the partnership that no unsheltered individuals died due to hypothermia this past winter.


  • Served 1,056 unduplicated individuals during the 2013-2014 season
  • Offers 36 shelters across the county—35 of which are places of worship
  • Functions using more than 2,300 volunteers to run the shelters

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Out of Poverty Class Graduation

Today our residents celebrated their graduation from the Out of Poverty class led by our shelter coordinator and New Hope Housing employee, Luis Franco. Several of the residents gave testimonials to the class. One of them wrote down his reflections. His words really make you feel good about the difference a small shelter can make on people’s lives. A big shout out to ZINGA YOGURT for donating all the delicious frozen yogurt for the celebration. The residents (and I!) loved it!

When I first got to the winter shelter, I was completely hopeless and was living a life that had bleak meaning. Taking the out of poverty classes has given me a redefined hope. The message that the class delivers is that of hope and strength. It talks about redefining and shaping one’s life to meet the incessant demand of everyday living in today’s society. Some of the criteria is budgeting money, finding the strength to hold your head high despite the circumstances. I thank Luis for taking the time out of his schedule to meet with us every Tuesday for the out of poverty class. I also want to thank the board members for allowing me and many others for the chance to stay at the winter shelter and learn. I now can walk with my head held high and with some work, I have a chance with the tools provided from the out of poverty classes to have a meaningful life.2015 Resident

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