What We Do

Shelter and Housing

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Doorways’ emergency shelters and apartments are specifically designed to provide a safe, family-friendly, therapeutic environment where adults, youth, and children can begin to heal from trauma and establish goals towards self-sufficiency. All are welcome, including women, men, trans and nonbinary folks.

Because emergency shelter can only provide a temporary respite, Doorways’ HomeStart Supportive Housing Program provides next-step housing and longer-term support to individuals and families leaving shelter.

Domestic Violence Safehouse, Safe Apartments, and Safe Kennel

Doorways’ Domestic Violence Safehouse is the only domestic violence shelter in Arlington County. The Safehouse provides a safe, temporary home to those who are escaping imminent danger due to domestic violence. Each year, the Safehouse provides approximately 60-80 adults and children with the safe haven they need. Doorways also welcomes survivors’ pets at our Safe Kennel.

The Safehouse is not “just a place to stay,” but rather a stepping stone to a better life. Throughout the client’s stay, Doorways’ staff offer counseling, financial education, support groups, job advocacy, and help with finding permanent housing. We seek to improve our clients’ lives for the long term, beyond the immediate challenge. Learn more.

Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home

Freddie Mac Foundation Family HomeThe Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home is more than a shelter; it’s a safe, temporary home where we offer comprehensive services to help families and youth work towards stability. There are 22 beds and 10 bedrooms that house 6-9 families. Doorways provides onsite support services as well as connections to additional community resources. Food and care items are provided free of charge to the families residing at the Family Home. Learn more.

HomeStart Supportive Housing Program

We empower throughout and beyond their shelter stay, transitioning to safe, long-term housing of their own. Doorways HomeStart Supportive Housing Program provides a successful combination of rental subsidies and support services to youth and families throughout our community. When clients graduate from Doorways, they maintain their housing. Learn more .