Human Services

Arlington Street People's Assistance Network, Inc.

Ending Homelessness in Arlington

aka A-SPAN

Arlington, VA


A-SPAN’s vision is to end homelessness in Arlington County. A-SPAN’s mission is to secure permanent housing and provide life-sustaining services for Arlington’s most vulnerable individuals through outreach and relationships built on trust and respect.

Ruling Year



Ms. Kathleen Sibert


Mr. Leonard Chari

Main Address

PO Box 100731

Arlington, VA 22210 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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According to Arlington’s 2018 PIT Count, an annual census for homelessness, there are 144 single homeless individuals, 57 of them chronically homeless, remaining on the County’s streets. The cost of housing is often a major factor, as a one bedroom apartment in Arlington rents for over $25,000 a year. Yet, most of our clients make $6000 or less a year, putting housing well beyond their means without our help. Our clients are among the most vulnerable in the County and are eligible for government benefits including disability, Medicare/Medicaid, food stamps and more. Many have significant housing barriers including: a lack of rental history, poor credit history, legal issues, criminal backgrounds, chronic health conditions, substance abuse and little to no income. When diagnosed with a mental illness or substance abuse problem, many are eligible for Permanent Supportive Housing, a HUD-funded program that provides rent and case management. Others may qualify for other housing programs.

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Shelter Program

Day and Street Outreach Program

Meal Program

Nursing Services and Medical Respite Program

Permanent Supportive Housing Program

Homelessness Prevention Program

Rapid Re-Housing Program

Job START Program

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A-SPAN believes housing is an inherent human right. We are working every day towards a vision of ending homelessness in Arlington County. We accomplish this through an ever-evolving range of supportive services. We accomplish this by helping our clients get into an apartment of their own, then stay in it with help from our case managers. We share this vision and task with other Arlington human service providers and the County’s Department of Human Services. We work collaboratively as part of Arlington’s Continuum of Care and its Action Plan for Ending Homelessness. As a partner organization, our efforts to house every person found on Arlington’s streets, in its shelters, and transitional housing lead us to developing new programs, and enhance existing supports. In the future, once we have helped our current clients get into housing, our goal will be twofold: to prevent homelessness, and shorten the time it takes for those falling into homelessness to get into housing.

A-SPAN is a Housing-First provider. We quickly connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without barriers, such as proof of sobriety, treatment or service participation agreements. Supportive services are offered to maximize housing stability and prevent recidivism. Case managers link clients to other supportive service providers and community resources. A-SPAN operates Arlington’s Homeless Services Center (HSC) and utilizes the facility as a resource towards efforts to house clients. The HSC opened in October 2015, combining year-round shelter with supportive services and medical respite to form a first-of-its-kind facility in greater DC. The HSC houses all of our programs under one roof so that clients can access a range of services at one central location 24/7, 365 days a year. It provides continuity of care and effectively shortens the time it takes to help someone move from homelessness to a home.

A-SPAN has over 25 years experience and a full range of services that address the many needs of homeless individuals, veterans and households. Our Day Program began in 1998, Permanent Housing Program in 2007, Rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention in 2009, Nursing Services in 2010, the Homeless Services Center and Medical Respite in 2015 and Job START in 2016. Along with partner organizations and through a membership in Arlington’s Action Plan for Ending Homelessness and CoC, we are working every day towards a shared vision of ending homelessness in the County. Because of this work, the number of persons considered homeless – those living on the streets, in shelters or transitional housing – has dropped by 60% since 2013. In December 2015, together we ended veteran homelessness in Arlington. In total, A-SPAN has helped over 277 formerly homeless individuals, veterans and households get into supportive housing since our first housing program began in 2007.

A-SPAN measures progress through a number of indicators. We track the overall number of clients served. Reports provide a deep breakdown of data including the number of shelter stays, meals served and clothing articles distributed. These types of life-sustaining supports function as an initial touch point, and over time, case managers and support staff work with clients consistently, develop trust and help clients progress towards outcomes that establish long-term stability. Central to this is housing. A-SPAN works tirelessly, both programmatically and financially, to increase our housing capacity every year. We have done so since our first housing program began in 2007. Once we have helped a client get into housing, we provide in-home supports to help clients achieve housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness. Our range of housing and eviction prevention programs operate at a 95% retention rate, which indicates as well as any other data point, our organizational progress.

As A-SPAN continues to help individuals and households experiencing homelessness get into housing, the remaining population of homeless persons are among the most vulnerable in Arlington. These chronically homeless individuals have the most significant barriers for housing placement and retention, including a lack of rental history, poor credit history, legal issues, criminal backgrounds, mental illness, chronic health conditions, substance abuse and little to no income. To help them get into and retain housing, we started The A-SPAN Supportive Housing Project in partnership with Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH). The project serves as a strategic expansion of supportive housing by providing 60 additional hours of onsite supports, which includes evenings, weekends and holidays. Furthermore, the building the project is housed in is one of eight that preserves affordable housing in the at-risk Westover area of Arlington County.

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