Here you will find a collection of resources for concerned community members seeking to help youth and families experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as survivors of domestic and sexual violence escaping or healing from abuse. We are so grateful for your support!
- How to Access Doorways Shelters and Services
- How to Provide Support
- Domestic and Sexual Violence Resources
- News and Updates
- Stay Connected with Doorways
Do you need help paying your rent or utilities? Do you need help getting food for you and your family? If you are an Arlington resident, call 703-228-1300 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for food and financial assistance, including rent and eviction prevention. Download this flyer with information in multiple languages to share.
Visit Arlington County’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page for community resources, including the following:
- Food, Financial and Medical Assistance
- Housing Resources
- FAQs for Renters (Printable Flyer | En Español)
See the Arlington Department of Human Services Program Directory for additional resources in our community, such as emergency financial assistance from Arlington Thrive.
How to Access Doorways Shelters and Services
Doorways provides shelter and services to individuals and families in Arlington, Virginia, including women, men, youth, and LGBTQIA+ people.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in our community, call our 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline 703-237-0881 for information and support. Please call 911 if you are experiencing a life-threatening situation.
Free and confidential crisis support, information and referrals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through our 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline at 703-237-0881. Whether you need emergency shelter*, hospital accompaniment, in-person individual or group counseling, court advocacy or a listening ear and helping hand, give us a call to discuss your situation or that of a loved one.
If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
Access to Doorways’ Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home and other Arlington homeless shelters is provided through Arlington County’s Centralized Access System (CAS).
If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in our community:
- Contact the Department of Human Services Community Assistance Bureau at 703-228-1300 for help if you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
- In case of shelter need during non-business hours, households should call 703-228-1010 for assistance.
How to Provide Support
“What’s most important for us right now is, honestly, flexible funding, because we don’t know what some of these demands are going to be so having those flexible funds to respond to our clients’ needs is really important for us.”
Donate Items at Drive-Thru Deeds
Fridays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Have more at home than you need? Swing by our office’s Drive-Thru Deeds on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to drop off items you may have “extra” of at home.
Please contact Joy Myers at JMyers@DoorwaysVA.org or (703) 504-9290 for donation drop-off instructions. When you arrive, a staff person will come out to meet you at your car and accept your donations.
Unable to drop off in person? Please shop our Amazon wish list instead and ship your donations directly to Doorways.
Domestic and Sexual Violence Resources
Doorways’ 24-Hour Hotline: 703-237-0881
Printable Hotline Poster
Staying Safe at Home
These are stressful times because of risks to our health and because many of us must stay home. For some people, staying home doesn’t always feel safe because someone there may threaten or hurt you. If this is you, know that you can call the Arlington hotline for help 24 hours a day at 703-237-0881. If it is not safe to talk, text or chat (text LOVEIS to 22522 for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, chat at www.rainn.org for the National Sexual Violence Hotline). If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
You are the best judge of safety in your own situation. But this flyer has some ideas for keeping yourself and others in your home safe. Download it now.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 / 800-787-3224 (TTY) / Online chat
- National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 800-656-HOPE (4673) / Online chat
- loveisrespect: 866-331-9474 / TTY: 866-331-8453 / Text: loveis to 22522 / Online chat
- Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance
- Virginia Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-838-4753
- LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline: 866-356-6998 / Text: 804-793-9999 / Chat (confidential instant messaging)
- DC Victim Services 24-Hour Hotline: 844-443-5732
- DC Citywide Sexual Assault Hotline: 202-333-RAPE
- Maryland Domestic Violence Hotline/Resources: 800-MD-HELPS
- Fairfax County Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline: 703-360-7273; TTY 711
- Alexandria Sexual Assault Hotline: 703-683-7273
- Alexandria Domestic Violence Hotline: 703-746-4911
Arlington County’s Project PEACE (Partnering to End Abuse in the Community for Everyone), is a coordinated community response dedicated to advancing the most effective and efficient array of education, prevention, protection, and support services to end domestic and sexual violence in the community. (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram)
Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs Posters
During this period of isolation, it’s especially important that resources are available in places where survivors already are, or are permitted to go. We have created a collection of posters that you can easily print on your home printer, on standard-size office paper. Hang them where they can be seen, such as in your apartment building’s elevator. If you do leave home to go grocery shopping, pick up a prescription, or access other essential services, consider taking a poster with you and asking the business to display this resource for their customers. Download now.
Resources for Renters in Arlington
News and Updates
- Recording: Lunch & Learn with Doorways’ Interim CEO, Maureen Devine-Ahl (May 7)
- Doorways featured on BallstonConnect Podcast (April 24)
- Doorways Volunteer Voices, Parts I-IV (April 20-24)
- Doorways is accepting curbside donations for its clients, many of whom have been laid off (April 17)
- 5 Ways to Take Action Against Violence (April 6)
- As many doors close, Doorways remains open (March 25)
- Supporting Survivors, Youth and Families Experiencing Homelessness in Arlington during COVID-19 (March 18)
- Special Statement on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (March 13)
This Week at Doorways
- Sponsor a Child for Back to School (July 23)
- Your COVID Impact Report, from Doorways (July 17)
- Help Arlington Stop the Spread (July 9)
- Your Gifts Keep Our Little Learners Safe and Busy! (June 26)
- How our work intersects with race, and how YOUR gift makes a difference (June 11)
- How COVID Is Impacting Youth and How You Can Help (May 29)
- Has domestic violence increased during the pandemic? (May 21)
- You are helping those hit hardest by crisis (May 14)
- Doorways Offers Shelter from Violence Despite Coronavirus (May 13)
- Your recent impact: 12 new clients are safe in our care (May 7)
- Doorways moves many clients into hotels (April 30)
- Your Support Is Critical (April 24)
- 3 Ways to Help from Home (April 16)
- Serving ALL Survivors (April 9)
- April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (April 2)
- Doorways remains open (March 27)