Emergency Winter Shelter Opens Tonight

by ARLnow.com November 1, 2011 at 11:25 am 3,056 19 Comments

Arlington’s Emergency Winter Shelter, which gives the homeless a warm place to sleep during the coldest months of the year, will open for the season tonight.

The 88-bed shelter, located at 2049 15th Street N. in Courthouse, remains open from Nov. 1 through March 31. Operated by the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, the shelter provides not only a place to sleep and meals to eat, but case management, nursing and mental health services.

“The Emergency Winter Shelter has been protecting homeless persons from winter’s cold since 1991,” said Anita Friedman of the county’s Department of Human Services. “In recent years, we have expanded the EWS’s capacity and additional safety plans we can turn to in extreme situations such as last year’s ‘Snowmageddon.'”

Friedman noted that Arlington County is working to “eliminate homelessness altogether” through its 100 Homes initiative.

For those interested in helping out, A-SPAN is seeking volunteers and donations for the shelter. The organization is also working with the county to try to eventually open a year-round shelter.

  • Thes

    ASPAN is a great organization. We’re lucky to have them in the County.

    • CrystalMikey

      +1 for sure.

  • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

    it is good to have the shelter and it should be year around.
    but ASPAN needs to do more to get people off the street FOREVER.
    Their service mechanisms destroyed the bucolic nature of the Arlington Central Library with their food handouts (not sure where it is done now).
    They also need to move the homeless back into DC. Ever ride the 38 Bus into Georgetown with some of the homeless people returning from their jobs panhandling in Arlington? not pleasant. sorry.

    • KalashniKEV

      “They also need to move the homeless back into DC.”


      ASPAN should partner with Capital Bikeshare and send these Bums back to DC.

      • FW

        I prefer the Bloomberg solution: one-way tickets out of town.

        • KalashniKEV

          My solution has a lower carbon footprint and helps support one of our favorite local businesses.

          • R. Griffon

            That’s actually pretty innovative. Credit where credit’s due.

          • Josh S

            Wait, what?

        • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

          I think its time to revive the CCC or something similar. Jobs = being given the means to fish vs. being handed the fish.

          • CW

            I cannot express how much I agree with this statement.

    • CW

      As someone who has sympathy for those truly down on their luck and also sees the societal need to reduce homelessness, I do feel that A-SPAN is a bit too much in the business of giving a man the proverbial fish.

      • Josh S

        Well, I’m sure if you volunteered to roll up your sleeves and give a hand, it would be welcomed.

        • CW

          But I am concerned with their methodologies. Do they assist with eduction, training, job placement, etc? All I’ve seen them do is hand out food.

      • charlie


    • dk

      bucolic adj \byü-ˈkä-lik\

      1: of or relating to shepherds or herdsmen : pastoral
      2a : relating to or typical of rural life
      b: idyllic

  • ArlWoman

    Please donate a

    This is my number one charity where even a very small contribution is very appreciated. Check out their needs. Everyone has something they can give. THANK YOU very much on behalf of the homeless.

    • drax

      Look, Kev, an actual homeless person for you to spit on.

  • Hm

    That’s a nice flat screen tv. Perhaps they could sell it for a cheaper model and buy something that’s more important and helpful to the needs of the homeless.

    • Hm

      (Television in the pictures linked to in the story)


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