Community Resources Screener
Our Government Benefits screener (Single Stop) also provides a listing of community resources by zip code.Steps To Access A List Of Community Resources
- Go to https://nvcc.singlestoptechnologies.com
- Input your zip code
- Click "Get Started"
- Click "Browse Local Resources"
Various types of rental assistance available to low-income community residents:
- Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) Programs
- Housing Grants Programs
- County Choice Voucher
- First-Time Homebuyers Program (FTHB)
- Neighborhood Housing Rehabilitation Program
- Homeless Prevention Program (HPP)
Housing Programs by County
- Alexandria: The Office of Housing provides a range of services to renters in partnership with the Department of Community and Human Services and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
- Arlington: The Housing Division provides information and resources to help low-income individuals and families find affordable housing in Arlington.
- Fairfax: Housing and Community Development have Fairfax County Rental Program (FCRP) which includes all rental property owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA).
- Loudoun: Affordable Dwelling Unit Program enables eligible non-homeowners the opportunity to rent an apartment from a participating apartment complex, at a rent below that of similar units at the complex.
- Prince William County: The Rental Assistance Program housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.
Emergency shelters and crisis emergency assistance available for individuals and families who are homeless.
- Alexandria Community Shelter
- Homeless Services Assessment Center (HSAC)
- Bailey’s Crossroad Community Shelter
- VOA-Chesapeake – Residential Program Center
- Emergency Homeless Shelters
- Northern Virginia Family Service
- All NOVA students, staff, and faculty can ride for free by showing their NOVA card. Shuttle tracking and updates are available in real-time through the NOVA Bus Tracker.
- Text "NOVA Shuttles" to 1.800.546.6151 to receive emergency alerts about the shuttle via text message.
NOVA is partnered with PRTC to offer a discounted bus pass valid for OmniRide buses throughout Prince William County. One payment allows you unlimited rides throughout the duration of the current semester on all OmniRide Local, East-West Express, and Metro Express buses. You can buy a pass at the Manassas and Woodbridge Campus Parking Services office and the OmniRide Transit Center. Passes are non-transferable; one user per pass. For more information and pricing, call 703.730.6644 or visit the OmniRide website.
Subsidized taxicab from participating companies, traveling anywhere within their service area. There are no restrictions on trip purpose. This is a program for Fairfax County residents who are income-eligible. For more information contact 703.222.9764
Transportation services for Homeless and Homeless Case Management programs including limited assistance with bus tokens, METRO passes for job interviews, and for transients. For more information contact 703.746.5700
The Car Ministry
The Car Ministry offers free cars to low-income households. For more information contact 703.237.8479 or visit their website.
Legal Service Resources
Accessing the right type of legal services and ensuring that related costs are affordable or even free can be challenging. While our program does not specialize in offering any type of legal assistance, we can help make referrals to community providers to help with your situation. Listed below are just a few of the most frequently used legal services in our area.
LSNV is the largest legal aid organization in Northern Virginia, helping thousands of clients each year in civil legal matters. They partner closely with other legal aid organizations, state and local bar associations, as well as the courts to serve the region’s low-income and neediest populations. LSNV provides services regarding consumer, elder, family, human trafficking, housing, child advocacy and education, public benefits, veterans law project, and support for re-entry and return to communities.
Staff and volunteers provide legal advice, brief services, and representation in administrative hearings and in court. They also deliver community legal education and partner with other community agencies, task forces, and coordinated response teams to find innovative solutions to broader problems.
How Do I Apply?
To determine whether they can help you, they must screen you for eligibility. During this brief conversation, a member of the Intake team will gather demographic information, including household size, income, and asset information, will conduct a required check for conflicts of interest, and get a brief description of your problem.
You can apply for services in three ways:
- ONLINE - The online application will give your essential information, but you will still need to speak to an intake paralegal to complete the application.
- BY PHONE - They primarily accept requests for assistance by phone (703.778.6800) from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 1:30 pm. to 3:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Telephone intake is not available on Friday.
- IN-PERSON - Applications for assistance are accepted in person at their offices from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. LSNV is closed for inventory day the fourth Monday of each month.
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services of Washington, DC.
924 G Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20001
Walk-in Intake: Tuesdays at 9:30 am
- First-come, first-served
- Please bring all your documents
- If you have been arrested, please bring related documents
Georgetown University Law Center
Center for Applied Legal Studies
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Suite 332
Washington, DC 20001
*Call first, must have an appointment
- Represents only non-detainees
- Represents aliens seeking asylum in removal proceedings
Catholic Immigration Service, Inc.
1720 I (Eye) Street, NW, Ste. 607
Washington, DC 20006
* Represents individuals in removal proceedings and adjustment of status
- Represents unaccompanied children (UAC)
- Represents individuals under DACA and (TPS)
- Will not represent those with criminal convictions
- Detention facility speed dial code 1565
Northern Virginia Family Service
6400 Arlington Blvd, Suite 110, Falls Church, VA 22042
*No detained clients
*Languages: Spanish with interpretation for other languages
2701 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22031
*All case types, non-detained only
*No calls from detention
*Will consider cases with criminal convictions
*Languages: Spanish, French, and Portuguese
Committee for Helping OthersCHO is an all-volunteer organization that helps the needy in Vienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring, and Merrifield.
133 Park St NE, Vienna, VA 22180
ChildcareChildcare expenses can be extremely expensive, especially for working individuals who are attending college; however, multiple childcare assistance programs and affordable options are available to eligible parents and families.
- Check your City/County office for additional programs! Depending on which City/County you live in, additional childcare programs may be offered. For example, Fairfax County offers the Child Care Assistance and Referral Program which provides:
- Resources and Referrals to families about various center-based and family childcare programs located throughout the county.
- Financial assistance for childcare to eligible Fairfax County families.
- Support to childcare programs and providers.
- Talk with your current childcare provider about subsidized tuition options or affordable pricing they may offer. Many providers provide in-house discount options that can be accessed by participating in their income assessment policies.
- The Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance to eligible families to help pay for the cost of childcare so they can work or attend education or training programs. The Child Care Subsidy Program services are child-centered and family-focused and support the broader objective of strengthening families’ goals of economic self-sufficiency and quality early childhood programs for their children. Participating families may select any legally operating child daycare facility eligible to participate in the program.
- To apply for the government childcare voucher program, please use the Common Help Application. You may also print the paper application in English or Spanish and return it to your local department of social services. If you are unable to print the application, you may pick up an application or request that one be mailed to you from your local department of social services. Note: You may be interviewed by a childcare worker. Income verification is required.
Check out local food pantries.
- Arlington Food Assistance Center
- Emergency Food Assistance
- United Community Ministries, Inc.
- Food for Others *
- Dulles South Food Pantry
- Loudoun Hunger Relief
- Sterling Park Food Pantry
- Bread of Life Food Pantry
*Referral is required. Please contact us to receive the referral.
Learn about the campus food pantries on our campus resources page. Learn about SNAP on our Government Benefits tabs.