A-SPAN in the News

The-Connection-LogoDec. 20, 2016 Holidays in the Homeless Services Center in Arlington

By Shirley Ruhe –Walk into the Homeless Services Center at 2020-A 14th Street N and one immediately feels the good cheer. A large Christmas tree stands to the left of the lobby next to the eating area. A wreath sits in the middle of the reception desk. Ina Gonzalez, administrative assistant to Kathy Sibert, president/CEO of A-SPAN said, “Kathy is big about making it feel like home here for the holidays. Read More >

Inside-NovaNov. 29, 2016 ’Tis the season … for Arlington groups to sell Christmas trees

By Scott McCaffrey –Income from sales will benefit three organizations: Stop Hunger Now, the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Forty dollars from each purchase is tax-deductible. Read More >

The-Connection-Logo Nov. 9, 2016 From Homeless to New A-SPAN Home

By Shirley Ruhe –Walk through the front door of Dennis Clark’s new apartment on N. Thomas Street. You will hear the story of how Clark went from Army E-4 specialist and leader of men to sleeping on a bus shelter bench on Columbia Pike. “It was a trickle,” he said. “It didn’t all happen at once.” Read More >

Inside-NovaNov. 6, 2016 Keller Williams fund-raiser benefits Arlington social safety net

By Scott McCaffrey – Two groups that support those facing or threatened with homelessness in Arlington will share nearly $100,000, the proceeds from Keller Williams Realty’s ninth annual “Bridging the Gap” gala. About 300 business and community leaders packed the Clarendon Ballroom Nov. 3 to help raise funds for the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and Bridges to Independence. Read More >

arlington now Nov. 6, 2016 Arlington Real Estate Agents Unite to Help Those in Need

by ARLnow.com – In an unprecedented collaboration, 13 real estate firms are joining forces to provide winter essentials for those in need throughout the Arlington community. The firms are working together as Arlington Realtors Care (ARC) to collect from the public donated food and clothing items. These items will then be delivered from their offices to The Arlington Food Assistance Center and A-SPAN. Read More >

Inside-NovaOct. 20, 2016 Arlington officials laud memory of Ann Broder

 – Arlington County Board members on Oct. 18 paid homage to Ann Broder, whose two terms on the School Board in the 1970s and early 1980s were only the tip of activity in civic life spanning 60 years Read More >

The-Connection-Logo Oct. 18, 2016 Arlington Snapshot: Helping the Homeless

By Shirley Ruhe –Kathleen Sibert, president and CEO of Arlington Street People’s Network (A-SPAN), presents Lora Rinker with a special award on the first year anniversary of the grand opening of the new Homeless Services Center (HSC) last October. Read More >

Inside-NovaSept. 21, 2016 Housing group preps rescue plan for Westover apartments

By Scott McCaffrey – A-SPAN and APAH partner to preserve affordable housing and end homelessness in Arlington Read More >


arlington magazine logoJul. 5, 2016 Homeless in Arlington

By Matt Shank – On the evening of Feb. 25, 2016, I slipped out of my suit and tie in the president’s office at Marymount University and donned my oldest pair of jeans, some beat-up gym shoes and the warmest hoodie I could find. I grabbed a pair of gloves, an old backpack and a sleeping bag. And on that night, which I’ll never forget, I became homeless.  Read More >

arlington co Jan. 14, 2016 Arlington Reaches Goal of Ending Homelessness Among Veterans

News Release – In January 2015 Arlington, along with 74 other communities nationwide, formally committed to ending veteran homelessness by the end of the year. Twelve months later it’s “mission accomplished…”  Read More > 

wusa9 Jan. 14, 2016 Arlington Co. hits 2016 goal of ending veteran homelessness

 By Peggy Fox– Arlington County has ended veteran homelessness, hitting the county’s goal for the start of 2016. “It’s just what I needed. They answered my prayers so I couldn’t ask for no more,” said 65-year-old Ricky Andrews as he turned the key to his new apartment. Read More >

wash postJan. 14, 2016 Arlington reaches a milestone in housing homeless military veterans

 By Patricia Sullivan – After almost a decade of effort, Arlington County has effectively ended homelessness for military veterans, officials said Thursday, part of a national effort to house those who have no place to live. Read More >

american university radio Oct. 25, 2015 Fighting Homelessness In D.C., Arlington And Nationwide 

By Kojo Nnamdi – The number of homeless families seeking shelter in Washington, D.C., is growing — and the District is not alone. Arlington County recently opened a homeless shelter. and in Los Angeles, the problem is so dire that officials declared a public emergency and proposed to spend $100 million more to help those without homes. Read More >

falls church news pressOct. 7, 2015 Our Man in Arlington

By Charlie Clark – Some 450 Arlingtonians not likely soon to become homeless traipsed through the gleaming new year-round Homeless Services Center during its open house Oct. 1. Read More > 

arlington magazine logoOct. 6, 2015 New Homeless Services Center Unveiled

By Shirley Ruhe – It was just a week before the new Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) Homeless Services Center was scheduled to open in Arlington. Kathleen Sibert, president/CEO of A-SPAN, said this “was the first day of their soft move and there’s been lots of hugging and jumping up and down today.” Read More >

< Inside-Novab>Sept. 28, 2015 Rock Spring parishioners support efforts of A-SPAN

Scott McCaffrey – It’s more than six months behind schedule and has weathered criticism from neighbors and fiscal watchdogs, but those rough seas appear to have calmed as the new Arlington homeless-services center preps for its public debut. Read More >

arlington now Sept. 25, 2015 Photos: New Homeless Shelter Opens Next Week

by ARLnow.com – Arlington County’s new year-round homeless shelter will open its doors next week. The Homeless Services Center officially opens on Oct. 1 with day programs and will start offering beds to the county’s homeless population on Friday, Oct. 2. Read More >

wash postSept. 25, 2015 Arlington to open year-round, 24-hour homeless shelter and services center

By Patricia Sullivan – Arlington County will open its first 24-hour homeless shelter for single men and women this week, the latest step in a multi-pronged effort to eradicate chronic homelessness in the county. Read More >

Inside-NovaSept. 1, 2015 Rock Spring parishioners support efforts of A-SPAN

Inside Nova – Parishioners at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ on Aug. 30 participated in a host of activities in support of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). As part of the church’s “Fifth Sunday” initiative, congregants made bagged lunches, prepared “street kits” and collected items to support A-SPAN clients moving into their own homes. Read More >

Inside-NovaAug. 10, 2015 Late Sept. projected as opening date for homeless center

Inside Nova – After an extended pregnancy and plenty of labor pains, it appears the Arlington County government’s homeless-services center is arriving at completion. Officials with the Department of Human Services now say the new facility, which saw its planned opening pushed back from late winter to mid-spring and then delayed again, should be open by the end of September or very early October. Read More >

Inside-NovaJuly 23, 2015 A-SPAN wins board-leadership honors

Inside Nova – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) has been recognized by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as the 2015 winner of the Board Leadership Award. A-SPAN will receive a $10,000 grant; communication exposure through print, radio, television and social media; and training and development opportunities for the board and president. Read More >

arlington now May 16, 2015 Arlington Homeless Count Dips Significantly

by ARLnow.com – Arlington’s annual “point-in-time” homeless count, conducted once a year in January, reported a 39 percent overall drop in the homeless population since 2013. The number of homeless individuals — adults without children on the street or in one of the county’s shelters… Read More >

Inside-NovaMay 7, 2015 A-SPAN named finalist in regional management competition

Inside Nova – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) has been named one of three finalists for The Washington Post 2015 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. The local organization is competing against two District of Columbia agencies: Calvary Women’s Services and Sitar Arts Center. The selection of a winner will be made by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. Read More >

arlington now May 1, 2015 Housing Homeless Vets in the Shadow of the Pentagon

by ARLnow.com – Former Army Cpl. Alvin Hill just renewed his lease on an apartment on 8th Road S. in Arlington, almost a year after he originally moved into his home. For 20 years before that, Hill, who served in New Mexico, Italy and Nuremburg, Germany, was chronically homeless. Read More >

Market-Watch-Logo Apr. 28, 2015 Cardinal Bank Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Opening of Fifth Arlington, Virginia Banking Office

Market Watch – As part of the ribbon cutting festivities, and to underscore Cardinal’s commitment to local communities and charitable initiatives, Cardinal Bank President Kevin Reynolds presented a $1,000 donation check on behalf of the Cardinal Community Fund to Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, Inc. (A-SPAN), and Board President, Jim Whittaker. Read More >

The-Connection-Logo Apr. 28, 2015 Number of Homeless Declines in Arlington

Connection News – The numbers from Arlington County’s yearly Point in Time Count are once again showing the effort to reduce homelessness is getting results. The numbers indicate an 18 percent decrease in homeless people living on the street in Arlington, according to Tony Turnage, homeless services coordinator for Arlington County. Read More >

arlington now Apr. 22, 2015 Arlington’s Homeless Population Falls 18 Percent

by ARLnow.com – Two months before its new, year-round homeless shelter is set to open, Arlington County released encouraging results from the annual count of its homeless population. During her monthly report to the Arlington County Board yesterday, County Manager Barbara Donnellan said the results form the count show an 18 percent decline… Read More >

Inside-NovaMar. 23, 2015 A-SPAN celebrates successes, moves forward to end homelessness

Inside Nova – It was a random conversation on a bus that led Tirron Davis into the embrace of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). Homeless since 2010 and shuttling from friend to friend to find a place to crash, she had reached the end of her rope. Read More >

wash postJan. 31, 2015 Arlington’s no-silos approach has housed hundreds of chronically homeless adults

By Patricia Sullivan – Late at night, David Clark wakes up and goes to the kitchen to choose from the boxes of cereal atop his refrigerator. He pours cold milk into the bowl and counts his blessings. Read More >

arlington now Jan. 29, 2015 Progressive Voice: Charlie Rinker’s Legacy

by ARLnow.com – Arlington lost a pillar of progressive strength on Jan. 8 when Charles Washington Rinker Jr. passed away. Fortunately, before his passing, Charlie and his wife Lora (co-founder and longtime Executive Director of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network or A-SPAN) were honored at a reception hosted by AHC… Read More >

Inside-NovaJan. 28, 2015 Arlington leaders pay homage to activist Charles Rinker

by Scott Mccaffrey – Arlington leaders on Jan. 27 paid a final salute to Charles Rinker, a veteran activist on housing, immigration and social-safety-net issues who died Jan. 8 at the age of 74. “He will be missed by more people than I think any of us will ever be able to know,” said County Board Chairman Mary Hynes. Read More >

Inside-NovaJan. 12, 2015 Charles Rinker, leader in battle for affordable housing in Arlington, dies

Inside Nova – Charles Rinker, a driving force in affordable-housing and other safety-net issues in Arlington for more than four decades, died Jan. 8 at the age of 74. “My heart is heavy. Arlington has lost a champion of enormous stature,” County Board Chairman Mary Hynes said as she received news of his death. Read More >

Inside-NovaDec. 30, 2014 Rinkers win community accolades for efforts helping those in need

Inside Nova – AHC Inc. hosted a Dec. 19 awards ceremony to salute the efforts of Charlie and Lora Rinker in support of community development, the homeless and affordable housing across Arlington. The event marked the presentation of General Assembly resolutions honoring the couple’s impact in the community. Read More >

arlington now Oct. 31, 2014 Temporary Homeless Shelter Opens, Permanent Shelter Coming in Spring

by ARLnow.com – The county’s Emergency Winter Shelter (EWS) opens for the 2014-2015 season tomorrow (Saturday). This will be the final season for the EWS, as the permanent homeless shelter under construction in Courthouse is set to open in spring. The EWS will be open for vulnerable residents every day from 4:00 p.m.-9:00 a.m., through March 31. Read More >

arlington now Oct. 29, 2014 ‘100 Homes Campaign’ Reaches Goal

by ARLnow.com – Arlington County is celebrating a milestone in its efforts to end homelessness. The county’s “100 Homes Campaign” reached its goal of housing 100 homeless Arlingtonians. The achievement will be celebrated tonight at the annual Community Meeting on Homelessness. Read More >

Inside-NovaMay 27, 2014 Leadership Arlington presents annual accolades

Inside Nova – Bank executive Randy Anderson, retiring Arlington Chamber of Commerce president Rich Doud and the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) were honored with 2014 Leadership Legacy Awards by Leadership Arlington. Read More >

Inside-NovaMay 19, 2014 Decline in Arlington homelessness seen as result of hard work

Inside Nova – The results come with some asterisks attached, but advocates say new figures show Arlington is moving aggressively in the right direction to combat homelessness. Read More >

Arlington-Independent-MediaMay 16, 2014 Meeting Our Needs: Health

Inside Nova – The show, “Meeting Our Needs,” highlights people and organizations who meet community needs in and around Arlington, VA. Each episode focuses on a different need. This episode focuses on Health. Read More >

falls church news pressApr. 29, 2014 Our Man in Arlington

By Charlie Clark – The homeless among us are often invisible, the well-dressed speaker noted, and many of them prefer it that way. But Arlington’s community of activists against homelessness was plenty visible April 24, when 300 turned out at a Ballston conference center for the first-ever “Coming Home Breakfast” fundraiser put on by the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network…. Read More > 

Inside-NovaApr. 25, 2014 Breakfast gathering aims to put human face on Arlington homelessness

Inside Nova – Mallyveen Teah was a living a middle-class existence and attending college in North Carolina when his world began to fall apart. Teah’s mother died of cancer, then family members from his homeland in Africa had to deal with the effects of a coup and political crackdown. “It started a downward cycle; it led me off track,” he said of that time. “I sort of lost my focus.” Read More >

Inside-NovaApr. 9, 2014 ‘Coming Home’ breakfast to shine spotlight on Arlington homeless

Inside Nova – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) will host its inaugural Coming Home Breakfast on Thursday, April 24 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association conference center, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Read More >

Inside-NovaApr. 3, 2014 Arlington ‘Leadership Legacy’ award recipients announced

Inside Nova – Local banking executive and civic leader Randy Anderson, Arlington Chamber of Commerce president Rich Doud and the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) have been named recipients of the Leadership Legacy Awards, to be presented next month by Leadership Arlington. Read More >

Inside-NovaApr. 3, 2014 Arlington winter shelter closes books on cold, snow-laden season

Inside Nova – Most local residents are happy to see the ugly winter of 2013-14 fade into the history books, and perhaps none more so than the staff, volunteers and clients of the Arlington County government’s Emergency Winter Shelter. Read More >

Inside-NovaMar. 17, 2014 Timeline for Arlington homeless facility still in flux

Inside Nova – Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan says local officials are hopeful they can have the homeless-services center in Courthouse up and running before 2014 is over. “End of the year would be great,” Donnellan told County Board members on March 15, although she acknowledged it is possible the facility won’t be ready until mid-winter.. Read More >

sun gazetteFeb. 27, 2014 Arlington Non-Profits Share $260,000 in United Way Grant Funding

Sun Gazette – United Way of the National Capital Area used the Feb. 25 County Board meeting to honor Arlington organizations that received funding through its recent grant program. Read More >

wash postFeb. 26, 2014 Arlington’s New Homeless Center Construction to Get Underway this Spring

By Patricia Sullivan – Construction work on a new 24-hour homeless services shelter in Arlington is expected to begin this spring after the Arlington County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a $6.6 million construction contract with a minimum of objections. Read More >

arlington now Feb. 26, 2014 Arlington Approves Homeless Shelter Construction Contract

by ARLnow.comThe Arlington County Board approved a $6.6 million contract yesterday to renovate two floors of a Courthouse office building to turn it into the long-planned and controversial Homeless Services Center at 2020 14th Street N. Read More >

sun gazetteFeb. 26, 2014 County Board OKs Construction Contract for Homeless Facility

Sun Gazette – County officials say the new year-round homeless-services center in Courthouse will be up and running in early 2015, following approval of a construction contract by County Board members on Feb. 25. Read More >

sun gazetteFeb. 14, 2014 Homeless Advocates Expect Declining Numbers When 2014 Count Is Published

Sun Gazette – Complete figures won’t be in for several months, but based on the recent Point-in-Time count of the Arlington’s homeless population, the executive director of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) expects the number of homeless residents to be lower than a year before. Read More >

sun gazetteFeb. 10, 2014 Foundation Funds Support A-SPAN, Education Effort

Sun Gazette – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Center (A-SPAN) a $20,000 grant. Read More >

arlington now Feb. 5, 2014 Homeless Shelter Bids Arrive On-Budget

by ARLnow.comConstruction of a new homeless shelter in Courthouse is expected to cost more than $5 million…. Read More >

wash postFeb. 4, 2014 Arlington homeless center renovation could cost more than $5 million

By Patricia Sullivan The cost of renovating an office building for Arlington County’s new homeless services center and 24-hour shelter is likely to cost about $5.5 million, county officials said Monday after they opened two bids submitted last month… Read More >

wash postJan. 30, 2014 A Window Onto Homelessness

By Michael S. Williamson In Arlington, volunteers count the population and gather information… Read More >

wtop logoJan. 30, 2014 Counting Arlington’s homeless population one by one

Alicia Lozano The snow crunched underfoot as volunteers carrying flashlights shimmied their way through a small opening in a chain link fence separating Crystal City from the Virginia Railway Express tracks… Read More >

wtop logoJan. 24, 2014 Homeless shelters bogged down as cold snap continues

Alicia Lozano Homeless shelters throughout the region are scrambling to fill the high demand for beds created by freezing temperatures… Read More > 

Comcast-NewsmakersJan. 21, 2014 Comcast Newsmakers: Conversation with Kathleen Sibert

Yolanda Vazquez Yolanda Vazquez speaks with Kathleen Sibert, Executive Director of Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), about getting a better sense of the homeless community and their needs in Arlington County. See More > 

sun gazetteJan. 17, 2014 Annual Count of Homeless Approaches

Sun Gazette Representatives and volunteers from the county government and Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) will conduct the annual “point-in-time” survey of homeless residents during the night of Jan. 29-30. Read More >

sun gazetteJan. 10, 2014 Homeless-Services Center Could Be Next Test of County’s Cost-Estimating Capabilities

Sun Gazette The expansion of Ashlawn Elementary School and the proposed Long Bridge Park aquatics facility are vivid reminders to Arlington government officials that construction costs are spiking quickly as the economic recovery takes hold. Read More >

Noticias-Logo Jan. 6, 2014 Noticias a las 6pm 1/6/2014

Univision – Washington D.C. – Noticiero de las 6pm de 1/6/2014 completo. See More >

Telemundo-Logo Jan. 6, 2014 ¿Cómo protegerse del frío invernal?

Telemundo – Este martes será uno de los días más fríos en la región metropolitana desde hace más de 20 años… See More >

arlington now Jan. 6, 2014 Emergency Shelter to Stay Open During Icy Weather

by ARLnow.comArlington’s Emergency Winter Shelter is now open, and will remain open continuously until the oncoming arctic cold front, expected to bring temperatures down to the single digits… Read More >

NBC4Jan. 6, 2014 Region Preps for Historically Low Temps

NBC 4 – Temperatures in the D.C. area are expected to drop by 40 degrees over the next 24 hours, bringing below-zero temperatures and wind gusts that could create wind chills of minus 20 degrees Tuesday morning. See More >

NBC4Jan. 6, 2014 Homeless Shelters Prepare for Cold Weather Influx

NBC 4 – Homeless shelters across the D.C. area are preparing for an influx of residents as below-zero temperatures and wind gusts that could create wind chills of minus 20 degrees Tuesday morning. See More >

sun gazetteJan. 2, 2014 Nonprofits to Share $300,000 in Grant Funding

Sun Gazette – The Arlington Community Foundation on Dec. 18 awarded three grants, totaling $300,000, from the Judith K. Steffens Memorial Fund. Read More >

sun gazetteDec. 23, 2013 Community Foundation Awards Nearly $190,000 in New Grant Funding

Sun Gazette – The board of trustees of the Arlington Community Foundation recently approved grant awards totaling $187,900 to 50 nonprofit organizations and schools… Read More >

Mashable Dec. 3, 2013 13 Inspirational Giving Tuesday Unselfies

Mashable – To boost awareness about Giving Tuesday, Instagram users post “unselfies” to their newsfeeds. An unselfie, which gained popularity during the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, details the poster’s charitable contribution and encourages others to do the same. Check out 13 unselfies that will inspire your charitable side. And share your own plans for giving with the hashtag #unselfie. Read More >

Arlington-Chamber Nov. 14, 2013 Help Tips: A Case Study in Social Media Partnerships

Alexa Fox, Segue Technologies A large part of my job at Segue is to manage our social media presence. The key part of the phrase social media is social. Read More >

bisnow Nov. 14, 2013 Tuesday Night at Whitlow’s

Bisnow – We stopped by a CRE Networking Group happy hour at Whitlow’s on Wilson in Clarendon Tuesday to support A-SPAN, a nonprofit assisting Arlington’s homeless. Read More > 

wtop logoNov. 13, 2013 Homeless Services Gear Up For Long Winter

Alicia Lozano As the white Salvation Army van pulls up to 6th Street and Constitution Avenue in Northwest D.C., driver Corey Upchurch honks the horn to let clients know the Grate Patrol has arrived… Read More >

sun gazetteSep. 11, 2013 Grant Funding Supports New Medical Coordinator for A-SPAN

Sun Gazette – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) has been awarded a $48,000 grant to create a full-time medical-coordinator staff position. The grant funding comes from CareFirst, augmenting support provided by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District. Brittani Valderrama has been hired to fill the position. Read More >

sun gazetteAug. 19, 2013 A-SPAN Selected for Grant by Leadership Arlington Youth

Sun Gazette – Members of the 2013 Leadership Arlington Youth Program selected the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) as the recipient of its $1,000 grant. The organization was chosen after members of the summer program for high-school students made site visits to a number of Arlington non-profit organizations, developing their own criteria to evaluate each. Read More >

catholic herarld Jul. 31, 2013 A Place of His Own

Katie Bahr – For years, Alan Clary had no place to live. Struggling with substance abuse and unable to work, he moved from couch to couch, to a homeless shelter, to his car. Read More >

wusa9 Jun. 24, 2013 HERO CENTRAL: A-SPAN Connects The Homeless With Housing

Elizabeth Jia – “I’m so glad and so thankful for my place.” Anita Edgerton gets tearful as she talks about her journey from staying at a homeless shelter to living in her own apartment. Edgerton entered A-SPAN last fall. “I do suffer with depression. So that has been an issue for me…I was working, but I was still homeless.” Read More >

sun gazetteJun. 20, 2013 Interfaith Council Helps Fund Work of Community Partners

Sun Gazette – The Arlington Interfaith Council on June 17 honored 18 community organizations with $500 grants to support their ongoing work. Representatives from 14 of the agencies were on hand to accept the awards at the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) offices, and provide remarks about their organizations’… Read More >

sun gazetteMay 17, 2013 A-SPAN Celebrates Homeless-Services Center, Lauds Broders

by Scott McCaffrey – The decision by County Board members to approve a year-round shelter in the Courthouse area gave the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) a reason to cheer at its 2013 “Welcome Home Celebration” fundraiser, held May 10 at Washington Golf & Country Club. Read More >

sun gazetteApr. 10, 2013 A-SPAN to Host Spring Gala, Inaugurate New Award

Sun Gazette – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) will hold its spring gala, “A Welcome Home Celebration,” on Friday, May 10 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Washington Golf & Country Club. Sponsored by Koons Toyota Arlington, the gala will feature dinner and libations, as well as live music and live and silent auctions. Read More >

arlington patch logoMar. 31, 2013 Homelessness 2.0: Technology a ‘Lifeline’ for Those Living on Streets

by Makenzie DavisShelters and other organizations that assist the homeless have taken notice of the increasing importance of providing access to technology for men and women who are homeless. Technology is no longer a luxury item, but a necessity for job searching, staying connected and living — particularly for those living on the streets. Read More >

arlington mercuryMar. 29, 2013 100 People Speak on Budget

by Jonathan KimMore than a hundred speakers gathered before the county board Tuesday night to weigh in on the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget which starts in July. Arlingtonians found strength in numbers and grouped themselves under three major thematic areas: the young, affordable housing, and the needy and vulnerable. Read More >

abc-7Mar. 18, 2013 Arlington County Board approves year-round homeless shelter

By Jenny Doren – The battle by some Arlington residents to keep the homeless from becoming their neighbors ended in defeat. Over the weekend, the Arlington County Board unanimously approved a year-round shelter in the Courthouse neighborhood. The decision comes after almost a year of protest. But what not everyone realizes is… Read More >

arlington now Mar. 18, 2013 Board Approves Homeless Shelter Despite Neighbor Concerns

by ARLnow.comThe Arlington County Board on Saturday voted to approve a controversial use permit for the county’s new year-round Homeless Services Center in Courthouse. The permit will allow the county and the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network to run a year-round homeless shelter in the office building at 2020 14th St… Read More >

arlington patch logoMar. 18, 2013 Arlington Board Formally Approves Year-Round Service Center

By Jason SpencerA year-round homeless service center on two floors of the seven-story office building at 2020 14th St. N. in the Courthouse community has received final approval from the Arlington County Board. For advocates of ending homelessness, it was a victory a long time in the making. It advances Arlington’s goal of providing… Read More >

sun gazette Mar. 18, 2013 County Board Green-Lights All-Year Facility for Homeless

by Scott McCaffrey – County Board members on March 16 approved a use permit that will allow the county government to move forward with an all-year homeless-services center in Courthouse. “I thought we would never get to this moment,” said Rev. Richard Cobb of Central United Methodist Church, who was among those advocating… Read More >

wash postMar. 16, 2013 Arlington board approves permit for homeless shelter

 By Patricia SullivanThe Arlington County board voted unanimously Saturday in favor of a special use permit that will allow a homeless shelter to be operated in a building near the courthouse. The Homeless Services Center will occupy two floors of the seven-story, county-owned building at 2020 14th St. N. It will offer 50 permanent beds, five medical… Read More >

arlington co Mar. 16, 2013 Arlington Board Approves Use Permit for Homeless Services Center

Arlington, VA- The County Board today unanimously approved a Use Permit to allow a dormitory to be part of the new Homeless Services Center in the Courthouse neighborhood. The Use Permit allows the Center to include an overnight shelter, consisting of 50 permanent beds, five medical respite beds, and an additional 25 beds during winter. Read More >

wtop logoMar. 11, 2013 Despite strides, Northern Virginia still grappling with homelessness

Alicia Lozano & Andrew MollenbeckNorthern Virginia houses some of the country’s wealthiest and most educated people. The area is home to several of the best high schools and most affluent counties in the nation. In November, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that the state’s homeless population… Read More >

sun gazette Mar. 11, 2013 County Board Action on Homeless Shelter Slated for Saturday

Sun Gazette – They likely will have to first sit through hostile testimony from neighbors, but County Board members on Saturday are expected to approve a key component of the planned year-round homeless-services center in Courthouse. Board members are being asked to approve a use permit that would allow the first two floors of an office… Read More >

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patchMar. 8, 2013 Year-Round Center Fits Plan, Planning Commission Says

By Jason SpencerAdvocates of ending homelessness in Arlington County showed their support for a new year-round homeless service center in the Courthouse community Thursday night. Frustrated residents who live nearby the proposed center reiterated their concerns about safety and, in some cases, property values. Read More >

arlington patch logoMar. 8, 2013 Homeless Center: Residents, County Still at Odds

By Jason SpencerResidents of the Woodbury Heights condominiums in the Courthouse community began mobilizing in November 2011 to oppose Arlington County’s plan to acquire a seven-story office building and convert two floors to a year-round homeless service center. They showed up at meeting after meeting, voicing concerns over security and… Read More >

arlington patch logoMar. 6, 2013 Charity Donates Supply of Winter Gear for Arlington’s Homeless

By Jason SpencerArlington’s homeless might not be as cold during the so-called snowquester thanks to a major donation Tuesday from a Washington-area charity. A-SPAN, the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, received 26 boxes of supplies on Tuesday from Gifts for the HomelessRead More >

huffington post live logoMar. 5, 2013 Homeless Shelter Abuse

Hosted by Jacob SoboroffWhen we think of homeless shelters we think that people are being protected from the streets. But who ensures the safety of the homeless once they enter the shelter? Guests include: Jan Sacharko @JanMichaelDC (Washington, DC) Director of Development & Communications, A-SPAN… Read More >

arlington mercuryFeb. 15, 2013 County to Consider Security Measure for Homeless Services Center

by Natalie KornicksWith only one month until the Arlington County Board meets to approve or deny a use permit to turn the recently acquired building at 2020 N. 14th St. into a permanent homeless shelter, police crime reports related to the existing shelter have residents concerned for their safety, and county staff says… Read More >

100,000 Homes CampaignFeb. 4, 2013 Sober and Housed after 14 Years

By Jake Maguire – Mr. C. was kicked out of a family member’s apartment in 1999 when his drinking got out of hand. Since then, he’s been living under a bridge in Arlington, VA, just outside the nation’s capital. In July of last year, after more than 20 years of alcohol abuse, Mr. C. took his last drink and checked into a long-term shelter and treatment center. Read More >

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patchJan. 31, 2013 Volunteers Comb Streets, Woods for Annual Count of Homeless

By Jason SpencerA team of about 30 volunteers combed the streets and woods of Arlington on Wednesday to survey the county’s homeless population. It’s a census of sorts, conducted annually by the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, or A-SPAN, and other agencies that serve the homeless. The Point-in-Time Count… Read More >

arlington now Jan. 30, 2013 Homeless Census Today, Shelter Use Increases

by Katie Pyzyk – Volunteers and staff from Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) are canvassing the county today for the annual census of homeless people. The local Point-in-Time Count is part of a nationwide count that occurs during the last 10 days in January each year. The census helps to highlight trends, justify requests… Read More >

street sense Jan. 23, 2013 Concerns Linger at Final Arlington Shelter Hearing

By Mark Rose – Some residents of Arlington, Virginia, angry about a county plan to open a homeless shelter in a downtown office building, had sharp words for officials at a third and final public meeting held on the project. At the January 14 hearing, residents of condominium and apartment complexes near the site contended that the Arlington County… Read More >

wash postJan. 23, 2013 Deep freeze grips Washington area

By Maggie Fazeli Fard and Carol MorelloWashingtonians shivered through a second day of sub-freezing temperatures and biting winds Wednesday morning, giving the region its first true taste of winter this year. Wind chills across the District, Maryland and Virginia made temperatures in the 20s feel more like the teens. Read More >

abc-7Jan. 23, 2013 D.C. weather: Region braces for another cold night

By Steve Chenevey, Stephen TschidaBiting wind carrying stinging cold has the region bundling up. The severe cold put old or frail furnaces on the fritz and a Winter Weather Advisory is issued for the D.C. area after midnight. There’s also the chance for a dusting of snow in the greater D.C. area. Fatuma Adris is working indoors and freezing. Read More >

street sense Dec. 26, 2012 Arlington Neighbors Debate New Shelter

By Mark Rose – Advocates in Arlington, Virginia are celebrating a plan to open a year-round homeless services center in an office building recently purchased by the county. Less thrilled are some of the residents of a condominium complex and several apartment buildings near the new shelter facility, planned for a site within… Read More >

arlington patch logoDec. 25, 2012 Tis The Season

Posted by Jan-Michael SacharkoThe last few weeks have seen lots of holiday kindness from local Arlington schools and community groups for A-SPAN’s clients. We want to thank all of them again here and share with everyone some of the great things that these students and neighbors have done. The Rosslyn BID kicked off the season by… Read More >

sun gazette Dec. 11, 2012 Record Is Set in Rosslyn Winter-Clothing Drive

Sun Gazette – The Rosslyn Business Improvement District, or BID, collected 119 bags of donated clothing from commercial and residential building throughout Rosslyn – doubling its total from last year’s collection – during the early part of the holiday season. The “Light Up Rosslyn, Light Up a Life” campaign was a month-long winter clothing drive… Read More >

npr logoDec. 6, 2012 Why Some Homeless Choose The Streets Over Shelters

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST – Hypothermia kills an estimated 700 people experiencing, or at-risk of homelessness each year, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. Every day, street outreach workers in cities across the nation go out into communities to encourage people on the street to take shelter, but many homeless people refuse. Read More >

abc-7Dec. 6, 2012 “Light Up Rosslyn” on Thursday night

Celebrate the holidays at the 19th annual “Light Up Rosslyn” ceremony and clothing drive Thursday night. Join News Channel 8’s Devon Lucie as he flips the switch to illuminate Roslyn’s soaring skyline at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. The free event will take place at the Artisphere, located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard. Read More >

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patchDec. 6, 2012 Tension Remains as County, Neighborhood Talk Homeless Center

By Jason SpencerArlington County held the first in a series of public input meetings Wednesday night on the design of the planned year-round homeless service center for the Courthouse community. By coincidence or by design, the evening doubled as a first attempt to broker peace between the county government and people in the… Read More >

100,000 Homes Campaign Nov. 26, 2012 Decades after Vietnam, a Permanent Home for Ernie

By Jake MaguireErnie served in the Navy for seven years during Vietnam before returning to Arlington, VA. He worked for a defense contractor for many years, but was eventually laid off and forced to seek sporadic work as a day laborer. When he threw his back out, even these temporary jobs became impossible. Read More >

arlington patch logoNov. 22, 2012 ‘At Least I Know Where I’ll Sleep Tonight’ — Vet Gets Apartment

By Jason SpencerErnie Maas, 61, has been homeless in Arlington County for at least the past two years. A 61-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who has survived on the streets of Arlington for at least the past two years has a lot to be thankful for today. With the help of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network and others, Ernie Maas now has a home. Read More >

wash postNov. 22, 2012 Homeless Arlington veteran finally settles into home

By Steve VogelErnie Maas could not help choking up as he took his first look around his new home Wednesday afternoon, a simple one-bedroom, federally subsidized apartment on North Glebe Road in Arlington County. Maas, 61, who served in the Navy for seven years during and after the Vietnam War… Read More >

abc-7Nov. 21, 2012 Navy veteran gets new home in Arlington

By Kathy Park – After spending two years on the streets, a Navy veteran got the keys to his new apartment in Arlington Wednesday. Ernest Maas called the woods of Four Mile Run Park home for nearly three years. Thanks to donations and the help of a local non-profit, Maas has a warm place to call home. Read More >

abc-7Nov. 20, 2012 Plans for homeless shelter upsets some Arlington residents

By Jenny Doren – The controversy continues over a new homeless shelter slated for Arlington. The county bought a seven-story office building on 14th Street North in Courthouse. Come 2014, five floors will house government workers; the other two floors will be open year-round to those sleeping on the streets. Read More >

sun gazette Nov. 20, 2012 Officials Finalize Deal on Building to House Homeless Center

Sun Gazette – County officials on Nov. 20 finalized the purchase of a seven-story Courthouse-area building to be used for government offices and a two-level homeless-services center. Closing on the deal came three days after the County Board agreed to spend $27.125 million to purchase the building, located at 2020 14th St. North. Read More >

wash postNov. 19, 2012 County officials line up behind shelter

By Patricia SullivanWhile opponents of the creation of an Arlington County homeless services center, including a 24/7 year-round shelter, have made a lot of noise over the past year, they are going up against unified official and significant unofficial support. The board unanimously agreed Saturday to spend $27.1 million on a seven-story… Read More >

arlington now Nov. 19, 2012 Board Approves Purchase of Property for Homeless Shelter

by Katie Pyzyk – At its meeting on Saturday, Nov. 17, the County Board unanimously approved the controversial acquisition of an office building (2020 14th Street N.) in Courthouse that will house county offices and a homeless shelter. The shelter, which will occupy two of the building’s seven floors… Read More >

wash postNov. 17, 2012 Arlington buys building for offices, shelter

By Patricia SullivanThe Arlington County Board voted unanimously Saturday to spend $27.1 million on a seven-story building near the courthouse that will provide office space for county employees and a year-round homeless shelter, an addition that has angered nearby residents. Most of the floors at 2020 14th St. North will be… Read More >

arlington patch logoNov. 16, 2012 Arlington Board OKs $27M for Homeless Center, Office Space

By Jason SpencerUnanimous vote takes place under protest of nearby residents. The Arlington County Board on Saturday unanimously approved spending about $27 million to buy the Thomas Building at 2020 14th St. N. in the Courthouse area, two floors of which are planned to be converted to a year-round homeless service center. Read More >

arlington mercuryNov. 16, 2012 Condo Residents Still Upset Over Shelter Move

by Steve ThurstonWhen the first person to offer a contract on Rick Pollack’s condominium backed out, Pollack said the buyer left because of something in the condominium documents. He never found out what in particular drove the buyer away. However, the documents included the condo’s newsletter… Read More >

american university radio Nov. 16, 2012 New Arlington Homeless Shelter Up For Vote By County Board

By Ashley Dejean – The Arlington County Board is voting on whether to move forward on plans to develop a new homeless shelter. The county is considering buying a seven story office building near the Courthouse Metro and converting two floors into a comprehensive service shelter for the homeless. The permanent shelter would provide housing… Read More >

washington examiner Nov. 15, 2012 Homeless shelter still divides Arlington residents, officials

by Taylor HollandAn 11-month battle between Arlington residents and government officials over plans for a year-round homeless shelter will likely climax on Saturday, when the Arlington County Board is expected to approve the project despite residents’ concerns for their safety. Officials announced in December their intentions to purchase… Read More >

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patchNov. 15, 2012 Arlington Board to Vote on Year-Round Homeless Center

By Rachel Hatzipanagos and Jason SpencerElected officials will vote Saturday on whether to buy a seven-story building in the Courthouse community. Plans call for spending $42.6 million over five years on acquisition, renovation. Following nearly a year of negotiations, Arlington County is poised to acquire the seven-story Thomas Building… Read More >

arlington mercuryNov. 12, 2012 County to Vote on Purchase of Thomas Building

Mercury – County staff has put a proposal on the table asking the Arlington County Board to purchase 2020 N. 14th Street for $27.125 million, $1.625 million more than the county approved last December when the board told staff to pursue the property. If the board approves the purchase on Nov. 17… Read More >

sun gazette Nov. 12, 2012 County Appears Poised to Buy 14th St. Property

Sun Gazette – Eleven months after first announcing plans to obtain a Courthouse-area office building – by force of eminent domain, if necessary – the county government appears to have sealed the deal using cold, hard cash. Officials announced Nov. 9 that they expect to go to closing on the seven-story property on Nov. 20… Read More >

wash postNov. 10, 2012 Arlington shelter battle may resume

By Patricia SullivanThe impending $27.1 million purchase of a new seven-story home for Arlington County government would not be very controversial if not for what is planned for two of its lower floors — a comprehensive homeless services program and year-round shelter for single adults. Read More >

arlington co Nov. 9, 2012 County Board to Consider Acquisition of Courthouse-Area Property

by Diana Sun – The Arlington County Board on Nov. 17 will be asked to approve the County’s acquisition of the seven-story office building at 2020 14th St. N. The County Board will consider a purchase contract that reflects an expected purchase price of $27.125 million. County staff estimates the total project cost at approximately $42 million… Read More >

arlington now Nov. 9, 2012 Board Asked to Approve Purchase of Homeless Shelter Building

by Next week, the Arlington County Board will be asked to approve the County’s acquisition of a building in Courthouse that will house offices and a homeless shelter. At its meeting next Saturday (November 17), the Board will examine the purchase contract for the building (2020 14th St. N.)… Read More >

sun gazette Nov. 9, 2012 Tuccillo Lauded as Sparkplug for Civic Involvement

by Scott McCaffrey – Meg Tuccillo chuckles. She has always aspired to be a version – albeit a taller one – of the late, legendary Arlington civic leader and educator Elizabeth Campbell. Like Campbell before her, Tuccillo is now a recipient of the William T. Newman Jr. Spirit of Community Award… Read More >

Rosslyn BIDNov. 4, 2012 Lowering Medical Costs for the Homeless

Rosslyn BID – Neither a poor economy nor housing market issues left James and his wife Sarah homeless. Rather, the cause was his medical condition – severe, untreated diabets coupled with no health care insurance. When his diabetes worsened, he lost his job as a chef, then lost his house, then his savings. Read More >

Rosslyn BIDOct. 31, 2012 Rosslyn Walk for the Homeless

Rosslyn BID – The Rosslyn BID has teamed with A-SPAN to host a Walk for the Homeless on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31. The one-mile walk through the heart of the neighborhood is open to all, and will raise critical funds to assist emergency, supportive, housing and shelter services for homeless individuals in Arlington. Read More >

arlington magazine logoOct. 23, 2012 Why We Give

By Adrienne Wichard-Edds – Altruism isn’t entirely selfless. Many of those who give their time and money are finding it’s a two-way street. It was May 25, 2012. Suzie Buck was busily helping to plan the September 50th-anniversary gala for Phoenix House—an Arlington nonprofit that provides treatment for people struggling with drug and alcohol…Read More >

connection logoOct. 23, 2012 Brief: Walk for Homeless Benefits A-SPAN

Connection – Step out for your lunch break on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, and join hundreds of Rosslyn business employees and residents as they take steps to end homelessness in the first “Rosslyn Walk for the Homeless” to benefit the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). Read More >

arlington magazine logoOct. 15, 2012 Worlds Apart

By Kris Coronado – Incomes and property values are rising in Arlington. So is the number of residents relying on food pantries, free medical care and housing assistance. “Come on, Federer! Prove why you’re number one! Come on, fool!” It’s a late morning in August, and Marvin “Happy” Robbins is glued to his 63-inch TV… Read More >

abc-7Sept. 21, 2012 Park(ing) Day 2012: Transforming spaces into works of art

By Jenny Doren – If you see a group of people “parked” on a piece of sod or a parking spot completely transformed into a work of art, don’t adjust those glasses. Friday is Park(ing) Day 2012 , a worldwide event that gives people the chance to transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks at no charge. Read More >

connection logoSept. 21, 2012 County Combats Chronic Homelessness

By Victoria RossArlington kicked off its campaign last October, when 150 volunteers and civic leaders hit the streets before dawn to survey and register homeless persons living on the streets of Arlington. One of the key strategies of the campaign is train teams to identify the chronic homeless during “registry week.” Read More >

sun gazette Sept. 21, 2012 Tuccillo to Receive Top Award from Community Foundation

Sun Gazette – The Arlington Community Foundation has named veteran local educator Meg Tuccillo as recipient of the 2012 William T. Newman Jr. Spirit of Community Award. The honor will be presented at the annual Spirit of Community luncheon, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Crystal City. Read More >

express logoSept. 21, 2012 Space Invaders

By Ahoy, matey! Best put down the grog while riding the Metro, or I’ll call you a bilge rat! Wait — sorry, I read my calendar wrong. Talk Like a Pirate Day was Wednesday. Today’s actually Park(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event dedicated to turning metered parking spaces into pop-up parks. Read More >

connection logoSept. 19, 2012 Rebuilding a Winter Shelter

Connection – Washington Capitals alumnus and Hall of Fame honoree Rod Langway along with Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge volunteered to work with the 40-plus staff members of Monumental Sports & Entertainment in helping refurbish a winter shelter for the homeless in Arlington on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Read More >

caps care logoSept. 14, 2012 Monumental Sports Participates in 9/11 Day of Service for A-SPAN

Washington Capitals – Caps alum and Hall of Famer Rod Langway and Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge participated alongside 40 Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) staff members on Tuesday, Sept. 11, to prepare Arlington County’s Emergency Winter Shelter for its opening day, scheduled for Nov. 1. Read More >

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patchSept. 12, 2012 Volunteers Help Revitalize Arlington Winter Homeless Shelter

By Rachel HatzipanagosAbout 60 volunteers from firefighters to retired professional athletes picked up a paintbrush and helped rehabilitate a winter emergency shelter for the homeless in the Courthouse area Tuesday. “When our clients come back they will feel like they’re being treated with dignity and respect,” said Kathleen Sibert… Read More >

sun gazette Aug. 22, 2012 Deal for Building to House Homeless Center Is Still in Works

by Scott McCaffrey – It may still be several months before the county government finalizes an agreement to purchase a Courthouse-area office building for use as staff offices and a year-round homeless-services facility. But county officials remain confident they will get the job done. Read More >

Rosslyn BIDJuly 31, 2012 Back Story: Housing For All

By Kim Roberts – “The most exciting thing for everyone here is when we move someone into housing,” says A-SPAN Executive Director Kathy Sibert. “We load a van with donated furniture, and while the client is signing a lease, we set up the apartment, so it’s all ready for them when they arrive.” Sibert is… Read More >

sun gazette July 31, 2012 Signature, A-SPAN Team Up to Help Those in Need

Sun Gazette – Signature Theatre is teaming up with the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) to support those in need across the community. Anyone who makes a charitable donation to A-SPAN – whether new undergarments, new socks, jeans, sneakers or hygienic items – will… Read More >

100,000 Homes Campaign July 30, 2012 Welcome Home, William!

By Jake Maguire – This week’s Monday move-in story spotlights William in Arlington, VA. William spent three years on the streets in Arlington, VA. At age 62, he had already outlived the life expectancy of someone experiencing homelessness, and he worried for his health and personal safety. Read More >

arlington now July 26, 2012 Arlington Gets Praise in First Year of “100 Homes” Campaign

by Earlier this month, the 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness recognized Arlington County as one of 15 communities nationwide that are “on track” to end homelessness among the medically vulnerable within four years. The claim is based on a benchmark set by… Read More >

street sense July 24, 2012 New Era for the D.C. Knights

By Chris Trevino – There is nothing remarkable about North College Street in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is a plain three lane, one-way route, barely a mile long riding out from downtown. With a hotel, restaurants, a church, bus stops and office buildings, North College is no different from a million other… Read More >

sun gazette July 24, 2012 County Honored for Successes in Ending Homelessness

Sun Gazette – Arlington was one of 15 communities across the nation recently saluted for its work on ending chronic homelessness. The county was among the honorees at the 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, sponsored by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Read More >

street sense July 11, 2012 The Tigers have Almost Made it to the SSUSA Cup

By Chris Trevino – Friday July, 27, 2012 will mark Sarah Morse’s three year anniversary as a staff member with the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). But it might be difficult for her to take a moment and reflect on all the things she has accomplished in her time with the agency. Read More >

street senseJune 26, 2012 Virginia Street Soccer Team Shoots for USA Cup in New York City

 By Chris Trevino – Ken Belkosky’s dream began with a movie. Well, it was actually a movie ticket, a free one given to him by a friend to the E Street Cinema. The movie was Kicking It, a 2008 documentary about a homeless soccer team from Africa and its journey to the Homeless World Cup. Read More >

sun gazetteJune 26, 2012 Ashlawn Elementary Students Support A-SPAN Outreach Effort

Sun Gazette – Students and staff from Ashlawn Elementary School on June 22 presented 1,300 bottles of water to the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) in support of an outreach initiative slated for June 28. On that date, outreach workers will take to the streets of Arlington – Read More >

sun gazetteJune 25, 2012 A-SPAN, Doorways Benefit from United Way Initiative

Sun Gazette – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and Doorways for Women and Families were among 24 charitable organizations from across the Washington area to participate in the first “Shoebox Campaign” sponsored by United Way of the National Capital Area. Read More >

huffington post May 2, 2012 Think Twice Before You Slice

by Chuck Bean and Glen O’Gilvie – Recent news reports point to a region recovering from the economic crisis. But our region cannot bounce back until everyone recovers. Consider the Waltons, who are among 150 families staying at hotels because this winter D.C. General family shelter filled up… Read More >

sun gazetteApril 23, 2012 Stronger Effort to House Homeless Appears to Be Gathering Steam

by Scott McCaffrey – A more aggressive effort to find permanent housing for the county’s homeless is slowly bearing fruit. More than 20 of the 153 homeless people identified last year through the county government’s “100 Homes” effort have been placed in suitable housing, including two in recent weeks… Read More >

arlington now March 27, 2012 A-SPAN Receives HUD Grant

by The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network has been awarded a $93,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant — one of the $2.1 million in grants awarded by HUD in Virginia — will help A-SPAN and its “Open Doors” program… Read More >

wash postMarch 27, 2012 Housing costs trouble many Arlingtonians

By Patricia SullivanThe biggest problem facing Arlingtonians, by many measures, is the cost of housing. If you don’t have it, and you’re not financially well-off, you can be in for a long, painful search. The median income in the county is a healthy $110,000, but for the half of the population who make less… Read More >

sun gazetteMarch 27, 2012 A-SPAN Receives Grant Funds for Transitional Housing

Sun Gazette – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) has received a $93,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in support of its permanent supportive housing program for chronically homeless individuals. Read More >

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patchMarch 26, 2012 HUD Awards A-SPAN $93K to House Chronically Homeless Adults

Posted by Jan-Michael SacharkoThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced $93,000 in new funding for A-SPAN’s Permanent Supportive Housing Programs (PSH) for chronically homeless individuals. This funding is part of an overall $2.1 million in grants… Read More >

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patch March 22, 2012 Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Posted by Jan-Michael SacharkoOn March 20th, cooks and servers from Lyon Hall delivered a hot and fresh meal for 70 clients staying at the Arlington County Emergency Winter Shelter. It was not the first time they had done so – hopefully won’t be the last – but it was very special and a great gift… Read More >

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patch March 22, 2012 Food Brings Laughter to the Soul

By Jason SpencerA-SPAN, the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, hosted an abbreviated “restaurant week” this week at its emergency winter shelter thanks to the time, resources and generosity of two local businesses. Lyon Hall cooked and served meals to about 70 homeless people… Read More >

arlington now March 22, 2012 Nonprofits Ask for Funds at Budget Hearing

By ARLnow.com A public hearing on the county’s proposed tax rate changes is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. tonight. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s budget hearing was largely dominated by the pleas of nonprofits — those that help the homeless, provide affordable housing, work for the rights of immigrants, etc. — Read More >

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patch March 20, 2012 Nonprofits, Community Groups Make Case for Tax Dollars

By Jason Spencer The 44-year-old homeless man who was found dead in Virginia Square this week was a client of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network. “He grew up here, he went to our schools and he died on our streets,” said Kathy Sibert, A-SPAN’s executive director. Read More >

wash postMarch 20, 2012 Where should your taxes go? Activists have ideas

By Patricia SullivanIt’s an annual ritual of local government: When budget time rolls around, nonprofit organizations line up to attest to their need and worth to the community from whence all taxes flow. The Arlington County Board’s public hearing Tuesday night drew more than 75 speakers… Read More >

sun gazetteMarch 8, 2012 Women Honored for Visionary Approach to Leadership

by Scott McCaffrey – The 2012 Arlington Women of Vision Awards, presented March 6 by the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women, showcased four individuals who, in different ways, are effecting positive change in the community. Carolyn Cook, Angela Fox, Kathleen Sibert and… Read More >

sun gazette Feb. 28, 2012 2012 ‘Women of Vision’ Recipients Announced

Sun Gazette – The Arlington Commission on the Status of Women has selected four individuals for its 2012 Arlington County Women of Vision honors, to be presented Tuesday, March 6 at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) conference center in Ballston. Carolyn Cook… Read More >

arlington co Feb. 27, 2012 Honorees Chosen for Women of Vision Award

by Just in time for the start of Women’s History Month on Thursday, four winners have been named for this year’s Arlington County Women of Vision award. Carolyn Cook, Angela Fox, Anita Friedman and Kathy Sibert were chosen by the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women… Read More >

sun gazette Jan. 27, 2012 Weather Better This Year for Annual Count of Homeless

Sun Gazette – Mother Nature cooperated this time, as community volunteers spread out across Arlington Jan. 25 in the annual point-in-time survey of homeless residents. “It was wonderful that this year, for the first year in the last three, it was good weather – cold, but no snow,” said Kathleen Sibert… Read More >

georgetown voice Jan. 26, 2012 Local advocates reflect after homeless man’s death

By Jackson PerrySteps from the Leo J. O’Donovan Dining Hall and the Southwest Quad, the woods between Canal Road and the University’s southern driveway are home to a small community of the Georgetown neighborhood’s homeless. On Thursday, 19 Jan, 56-year-old Clark Carvaly… Read More >

blogger Jan. 26, 2012 Meeting People at the Shelter

By Tiffany K, A-SPAN Volunteer- Yesterday morning, I went back to volunteer at the Emergency Winter Shelter for an early morning shift. It was a completely different experience than volunteering after work and, even though it was tough to get up so early, I’m really thankful for the experience. Read More >

literacy live Jan. 20, 2012 AmeriCorps Members Lend a Hand at A-SPAN

By Catherine K. Ludwig – Yesterday for our Martin Luther King Day of Service, my fellow AmeriCorps members and I cleaned and organized at the Arlington Street Peoples’ Assistance Network ( A-SPAN), which is a homelessness assistance group in Arlington, VA. A-SPAN offers… Read More >

wusa9 Jan. 17, 2012 A-SPAN Places Formerly Homeless Client in Housing

By Ellen ScottRobert Lohman slept in his tent in the woods in the Spout Run area last night, and tonight he will be able to sleep in his very own apartment for the first time in 10 years, thanks to A-SPAN. “I was ready to come out of the cold, I’m very lucky,” said Lohman who signed his lease today … Read More >

sun gazette Jan. 17, 2012 Credit Union’s Efforts Assist A-SPAN With Winter Necessities

Sun Gazette – Arlington Community Federal Credit Union recently provided a $500 donation and the results of a community winter-coat drive to the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). More than 110 winter coats, hats, scarves, snow boots and gloves, along with a host of toiletry items… Read More >

wash postDec. 26, 2011 Veterans Affairs claims progress in ending homelessness among vets

By Steve Vogel – Halfway into an ambitious five-year campaign to end homelessness among veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made enough progress that the goal is within reach, even as a new generation of veterans returns from Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More >

abc-7Dec. 23, 2011 Former homeless man gets a new lease on life

By Haley Harrison – With the stroke of a pen, Deshaye Blackwell signed a new lease on life. Hours earlier, he was living on the streets. With supporters by his side, Blackwell says he’s known all along, a higher power would make moving day possible. “Just prayed a lot and stayed focused… Read More >

abc-7Dec. 14, 2011 Neighbors petition against move of emergency homeless shelter

ABC-7 – Arlington County officials want to move an emergency homeless shelter one block down the street and vastly expand services offered to the county’s 300 adults who live on the streets. But some neighbors are petitioning to stop the move, worried it will bring panhandling, crime and loitering… Read More >

falls church news pressDec. 13, 2011 Our Man in Arlington

By Charlie Clark – When Arlington officials climbed aboard the campaign to eradicate local homelessness this October, you could sense a cautiousness when discussion turned to the desire long held by activists to create a year-round shelter. Now it’s clear why. A new proposal to buy a building… Read More > 

wash postDec. 7, 2011 Arlington plan for homeless shelter faces neighborhood opposition

By Patricia SullivanResidents and small-business owners in an Arlington neighborhood, outraged over the county’s plan to put a year-round homeless shelter in an office building it plans to buy, are circulating petitions, organizing meetings and planning to fight the proposal before the County Board… Read More >

sun gazetteDec. 2, 2011 Community Foundation Bestows $171,000 in New Grants

Sun Gazette – The Arlington Community Foundation’s board of trustees has approved grants totaling more than $171,000 to 45 local non-profit organizations and schools through its Community Enhancement, Homelessness Prevention and Arlington Education Fund grant programs. Read More > 

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patch Nov. 28, 2011 Sacharko Named Outstanding Young Virginian

By Abby AlbrightArlington’s own Jan-Michael Sacharko of Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) has been named a 2011 Outstanding Young Virginian by the Virginia Jaycees. The award is presented to young people across the commonwealth of Virginia who make a positive… Read More > 

washington examiner Nov. 26, 2011 Arlington eyeing high-rise for homeless shelter

By Aubrey Whelan – A Courthouse Plaza office building that Arlington County officials have been eyeing for years is on the market, and county officials say that if they can’t agree with its owners on a price, they’ll consider seizing the building under eminent domain. Read More > 

ballston-virginia sq patch Nov. 23, 2011 Arlington Eyes Acquisition of Building for Redevelopment

By Jason SpencerArlington County has its sights set on acquiring a seven-story building at 2020 14th St. North in order to meet its needs for more space and set the stage for the redevelopment of the heart of the Courthouse community. The acquisition would allow the county to consolidate operations… Read More >

arlington now Nov. 22, 2011 Proposed Building Purchase Would Allow Year-Round Shelter

By ARLnow.comArlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan will recommend that the County Board approve the purchase of 2020 14th Street N., a seven-story office building in Courthouse, according to a county news release. The purchase of the $25.5 million, 70,000 square foot building… Read More >

sun gazette Nov. 23, 2011 Plan Would Provide Space for Homeless Center, Aid Redevelopment

by Scott McCaffrey – County Manager Barbara Donnellan on Nov. 22 proposed a complex real estate transaction, one that – if it makes it through not-insubstantial hurdles – would provide for a year-round shelter and service center for the county’s homeless… Read More >

tbd Jan. 7, 2011 Year-round homeless shelter proposed in Arlington

By Kathy ParkAn office building in Arlington may help the fight against homelessness. The county manager has proposed buying the property to help redevelopment in the courthouse area while addressing the challenges of the emergency winter shelter. Read More >

wash post Nov. 22, 2011 Arlington may buy seven-story building for offices, homeless shelter

By Patricia SullivanArlington County manager Barbara Donnellan will ask the County Board next month to buy a seven-story office building near the Clarendon-neighborhood Courthouse Plaza to house county offices and a permanent adult homeless shelter. Read More >

arlington co Nov. 22, 2011 Arlington County Manager to Recommend County Board Acquire 2020 14th Street North

ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan will recommend to the County Board that it acquire title to a seven-story office building and property on the east side of Courthouse… Read More >

sun gazette Nov. 6, 2011 Homeless Get Help from Air Force JROTC Cadets

by Scott McCaffrey – Efforts to aid the homeless in Arlington got a boost Nov. 5 from what at first might be considered an unlikely source: the county school system’s Air Force Junior ROTC program. About 20 squadron members participated in a fund-raising walk to support… Read More >

give to the max Nov. 2, 2011 I’m Not Invisible

By ifdy “He told me, ‘I made a lot of bad decisions’ but kept the details to himself,” said Taylor as he recounted his discussion with Dale, a homeless man in Northern Virginia.“ He was very positive and optimistic despite the fact that he was homeless.” Read More >

wash post Oct. 26, 2011 Group conducts survey to aid homeless in Arlington County

By Timothy Wilson – Arlington County officials took a step toward reducing homelessness by launching the “100 Homes Arlington” campaign last week, conducting a three-day survey to identify and assess the needs of the area’s homeless. County officials said the information gathered from the survey… Read More >

rosslyn bid blog Oct. 25, 2011 Registry Week Offers Snapshot of Arlington’s Homeless Population

By Mary Dallao – Last week, for three days during the early morning hours of 4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m., a small army of more than 150 community volunteers and Arlington County staff took to the streets to identify and survey our neighborhoods’ most vulnerable homeless people. Read More >

falls church news press Oct. 25, 2011 Our Man in Arlington

By Charlie Clark – A coalition of the wealthy, the middle class and the poor came together last week to tackle two societal problems: homelessness and sleeplessness. “100 Homes for 100 Homeless Arlingtonians,” a three-night blitz of well-caffeinated volunteers designed to count… Read More >

american university radio Oct. 22, 2011 Group Completes Homeless Survey In Arlington

By Jonathan Wilson – Volunteers and county workers identified and surveyed 153 homeless individuals in the Arlington County over the course of a week. They found that nearly 30 percent of those surveyed showed tri-morbidity, a term for homeless individuals with a combination of…. Read More >

wusa9 Oct. 21, 2011 100 Homes for 100 Homeless Arlingtonians

By Ellen ScottOn October 17th through October 19th, during the wee hours of the morning, more than 150 community volunteers and Arlington County staff went out into the streets of Arlington to identify and survey the most vulnerable homeless individuals. Read More >

washington examiner Oct. 20, 2011 Arlington identifying ‘most vulnerable’ for free housing

By Liz EssleyArlington County volunteers took to the streets this week to survey 153 homeless people in the county, 100 of whom will be given homes based on a vulnerability index designed to chronicle who is in most need of immediate help. Read More >

arlington real estate news logo Oct. 19, 2011 An Inside Look at the Homeless in Arlington

By Laura R. Schwartz I had the opportunity to Volunteer with Arlington County this week to help with their 100 Homes for 100 Homeless Campaign, which hopes to end homelessness in Arlington. It’s a remarkable organization and herculean effort to be part of the national campaign to find… Read More >

street sense Oct. 11, 2011 A Place of My Own

By Kenneth Belkosky – On Jan. 17, 1966, I was born at Washington Hospital Center to Margerie Ann Carr and Michael Belkosky. After about three years, my parents separated after a big fight. My mom said, “Go ahead and leave, and take the kids with you.” Read More >

street sense Oct. 3, 2011 100,000 Homes Comes to the DC Metro Area

By Sarah Fleischman – Two local organizations have recently joined the 100,000 Homes campaign, a national push to house 100,000 homeless people by July 2013. “The neat thing about this campaign is that it is very streamlined. It is effective, it is efficient and generates amazing outcomes,” … Read More >

nacoSept. 26, 2011 Counties join campaign to house chronic, at-risk homeless

By Charles Taylor – As a child, Harold Fisher would play in the Arlington County, Va. park that eventually became his “home.” He found a sheltered area near the park’s tennis courts to sleep nights in later years when he was homeless. Today Fisher, 42, who suffers from Type 2 diabetes, asthma… Read More >

wash postSept. 21, 2011 Arlington starts campaign to help end homelessness

By Timothy Wilson – As part of their 10-year plan to end homelessness, Arlington County officials announced this month the start of the “100 Homes Arlington” campaign to find housing for 100 of their most vulnerable citizens. The county is one of four communities to participate in the statewide… Read More >

american university radioSept. 14, 2011 Arlington To Give 100 Homes To Homeless

By Jonathan Wilson – Arlington County is embarking on a new effort to help the hundreds of homeless people stuck out on the streets. It’s called “100 Homes,” and it’s different from anything the county has tried in the past. Arlington is one of the richest counties in the nation… Read More >

ballston-virginia sq patchSept. 13, 2011 A-SPAN Featured on Groupon

By Abby AlbrightThe G-Team, the charitable section of Groupon, is featuring A-SPAN’s Make It A Home Fund as this week’s deal. If 50 people donate $10, A-SPAN can donate a mattress and other necessary accessories to a person transitioning out of homelessness. Read More >

catalogue for philanthropyAug. 11, 2011 7 Questions – Kathleen Sibert (A-SPAN)

CFP – CFP welcomes … Kathleen Sibert, Executive Director of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), whose workers reach out directly to to homeless men and women — frequenting wooded areas, overpasses, parks, and abandoned buildings… Read More >

sun gazetteAug. 3, 2011 Moran, Staff Aid A-SPAN Efforts

Sun Gazette – U.S. Rep. Jim Moran and several staff members recently visited Central United Methodist Church in Ballston, donating nine cases of water for the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) to deliver to the homeless in the community during a period of excessive heat. Read More >

arlington now July 12, 2011 Heat Advisory in Effect Today

By ARLnow.comIn response to the heat, the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network is opening its main office at 2708-B S. Nelson Street early, at 9:30 this morning. Homeless individuals will be able to go inside the office to get cool. Read More >

sun gazette July 12, 2011 A-SPAN to Open Facilities to Homeless Early Due to Extreme Heat

Sun Gazette – Due to extremely high temperatures predicted for today, the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) main office, located at 2708-B South Nelson St., will open beginning at 9:30 a.m. this morning for street homeless individuals to come inside and stay cool. Read More >

get out and give backJune 20, 2011 A-SPAN: Homeless Soccermania and More

by Jane CollinsI took a soccer class in college nearly, well, never mind, but it was before soccer really caught on in the United states. I was terrible then and I am terrible now. And I know I’m terrible now because my husband Mike and I played soccer last Thursday evening with the Arlington Tigers Read More >

wusa9June 10, 2011 Street Soccer Helps Turn Homeless Man’s Life Around

WASHINGTON (WUSA) – Why do you play sports? For most of us, the answer is, “It’s for fun, it’s for exercise, it’s for camaraderie with our and fellow competitors.” But for a group of athletes we spent time with this week, they play sports because they have nowhere else to go. Read More >

sun gazetteJune 9, 2011 A-SPAN in Running for New Toyota Minivan

Sun Gazette – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) has a one-in-five chance of winning a new vehicle in a national competition, and is asking for the local community’s help is improving those odds. A-SPAN is one of 500 non-profit organizations selected across the U.S… Read More >

ballston-virginia sq patchJune 8, 2011 Helping the Homeless Beat the Heat

By Ginna HuntoonWith a major heat wave heading our way, the members of the Arlington Street People Assistance Network (A-SPAN) are faced with a challenge: securing the safety of the local homeless community. Arlington has an estimated 500 people living without a permanent home… Read More >

sun gazette May 18, 2011 Chamber Bestows Annual ‘Best Business’ Awards

by Scott McCaffrey – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, or A-SPAN, was honored as the non-profit of the year. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011, A-SPAN now has more than 1,000 volunteers. Read More >

sun gazette May 10, 2011 A-SPAN Receives Federal Funds to Expand Supportive-Housing

Sun Gazette – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has provided $91,000 in new funding for the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN’s) permanent supportive-housing programs for chronically homeless individuals. Read More >

ballston-virginia sq patch May 4, 2011 Nowhere To Go

By Delia Sava It’s late morning on a Friday at the Central United Methodist Church in Ballston; volunteers of the congregation have been here since 6 a.m. preparing and serving their weekly breakfast for the homeless. Since the closing of the Emergency Winter Shelter (EWS) on April 1… Read More >

sun gazetteApril 15, 2011 A-SPAN Chief: Lower Count of Homeless Not Representative

by Scott McCaffrey – New statistics showing a decline in the number of homeless across Arlington aren’t reflective of the true extent of the problem in the county, according to the head of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). Read More >

sun gazetteApril 2, 2011 Emergency Winter Shelter Closes Up for Season

Sun Gazette – The county government’s Emergency Winter Shelter closed up operations the night of March 31-April 1, with 58 clients spending the night at the facility. The shelter is open from Nov. 1 to March 31 each winter season, operated by the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). Read More >

arlington nowApril 1, 2011 With Shelter Closed, Arlington’s Homeless Look for Places to Sleep

By ARLnow.comArlington County’s emergency winter shelter is now closed, and the dozens of homeless individuals who stay there will be looking for a new place to sleep tonight. About 50 percent of the shelter’s clients will stay in Arlington County over the summer, according to shelter director Olivia Payton Read More >

washington examinerMar. 21, 2011 THE 3-MINUTE INTERVIEW: Kathleen Sibert

By Emily BabaySibert is executive director of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, better known as A-SPAN, which helps homeless people in the region. What projects is A-SPAN working on now? The organization is working hard on getting the county to build or renovation a buildingr… Read More >

sun gazetteMar. 15, 2011 Homeless Service Center Idea Now Part of County Plans

by Scott McCaffrey – A proposal to create a 50-bed, year-round “homeless service center” still faces budget and location hurdles but has the County Board’s support, the board’s top social-service advocate said. Board members on March 12 adopted new affordable-housing goals and targets… Read More >

arlington nowMar. 14, 2011 County Board Revises Affordable Housing Goals

By ARLnow.com On Saturday, the County Board unanimously approved a series of affordable housing goals for 2015, with an eye toward preventing and ending homelessness. The board formally set the goal of creating a comprehensive, year-round homeless shelter… Read More >

arlington connection Feb. 3, 2011 Making It Count

By Delia Sava – Survey tracks number of people who are homeless. “If you want to do a really good job, and you want really accurate information, you’ve got to hit the streets,” said Kathy Sibert, executive director of A-SPAN about the organization’s Point-in-Time Count conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Read More >

sun gazette Feb. 2, 2011 Homeless Count Coming Later in Month

by Scott McCaffrey – The official count of Arlington’s homeless population is expected to be released informally by the end of the month. Teams from the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) fanned out across the county Jan. 26 for the 2011 Point-in-Time Count… Read More >

ballston-virginia sq patch Jan. 29, 2011 Counting the Homeless

By Delia Sava ASPAN conducted their annual Point-in-Time count of homeless persons in Arlington. The cold and nasty weather of the “thunder-snow” on Wednesday, was just one of the challenges facing teams from A-SPAN as they conducted the annual Point-in-Time count of homeless persons… Read More >

american university radio Jan. 28, 2011 Arlington Co. Dealing With Rise In Homeless Single Adults

By Jonathan Wilson – Communities across the country are busy this week conducting their annual count of the number of homeless people who out on the streets. Volunteers for Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, or A-SPAN, are handing out soup and sandwiches to the homeless at Oakland… Read More >

sun gazette Jan. 26, 2011 Homeless Count Slated for Today

Sun Gazette – Teams from the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) are expected to fan out across the county today for the 2011 Point-in-Time Count, which aims to uncover how many homeless persons there are in the county. Read More >

ballston-virginia sq patch Jan. 16, 2011 Serving Breakfast and Hugs for the Homeless

By Delia Sava Local volunteers and A-Span serve the homeless weekly at Central United Methodist Church in Ballston. Every Friday by 6 a.m. Jean and Gene Cross are in the basement of Central United Methodist Church in Ballston preparing breakfast for Arlington’s homeless. Read More >

tbd Jan. 7, 2011 Arlington hopes to find new homeless shelter site in 2011

By Rebecca A. Cooper For the past several years, Arlington’s homelessness advocates have eagerly awaited a time when they have a permanent, year-round space to offer shelter, food, health and other social services to the county’s most vulnerable community. Read More >

voaDec. 19, 2010 Christmas 2010 in America: 3 Stories of Struggle Tradition & Wonder

Jeffrey Davis remembers Christmas two years ago at his former home in Arlington, Virginia, outside Washington. “We had a great Christmas tree — nice presents, with family, friends, loved ones, people you want to be around because it only happens once a year. Read More >

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patchDec. 17, 2010 Light Up Rosslyn: A-SPAN’s Help-the-Homeless Holiday Gala

A-SPAN is known for their ability to transform lives and their community. Their gala, held at the Artisphere, helped raise funds that would pull people off of the streets and transition them into stable, sustainable housing. On Thursday, hundreds of people from across Arlington came to the Artisphere… Read More >

sun gazetteDec. 14, 2010 Boy Scouts Get Involved in Homeless-Shelter Discussion

by Scott McCaffrey – Supporters of a proposal to create a year-round shelter for the homeless in Arlington appear to be picking up allies among local Boy Scouts. At the Dec. 11 County Board meeting, Spencer Cobb of Boy Scout Troop 167 – there as part of his citizenship project – quizzed elected officials… Read More >

catholic herarldDec. 14, 2010 The Christmas shoeboxes

by Katie Bahr – “Everyone deserves to have a present on Christmas.” Those words, from Grace Hamilton, 13, sum up a parishwide tradition at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Arlington — a gift drive that has been around for more than 25 years, in which parishioners donate shoeboxes filled… Read More >

tbdDec. 7, 2010 Homeless services prepare for winter

by Jenny Rogers – The chill that fell over Washington this weekend is more than an annoyance on the walk home from Metro. For the area’s homeless shelters and service providers, cold weather means more strain on their facilities, resources, and time. Read More >

usa today Nov. 18, 2010 More cities offer homeless free storage to ease mobility

by Marisa Kendall – Last Thanksgiving, Phillip Black says most of his belongings were thrown away by the police. Black, 43, says he has been sleeping on the streets of Washington, D.C., ever since illness forced him out of work and his home three years ago. Read More >

sun gazetteNov. 14, 2010 County on Hunt for Venue to Host Year-Round Shelter

by Scott McCaffrey – County government officials appear to have ruled out using their dilapidated Emergency Winter Shelter facility as the site for a future year-round shelter, and may already be negotiating for the location of a permanent facility. Read More >

wusa9Nov. 8, 2010 ‘Tis the Season for Giving

by Ellen Scott On Friday, Giant Food donated $10,000 to Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), a community based organization dedicated to help every homeless person in Arlington County get off the streets and live a better life. Giant presented the check on Friday at Nottingham… Read More >

sun gazetteNov. 8, 2010 Winter-Shelter Clients Will Get Access to Nursing Services

by Scott McCaffrey – For the first time, those using the county government’s Emergency Winter Shelter will have access to on-site health care. Through a grant from the Arlington Community Foundation, the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) will be able to provide a nurse practitioner… Read More >

arlington nowNov. 8, 2010 A Look Inside the County’s Emergency Winter Shelter

ARLnow – Arlington’s emergency winter shelter in Courthouse is now open and serving dozens of homeless individuals. On Saturday, reporters got a tour of the facility. The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, which runs the shelter, gave the tour in advance of the group’s Community Walk… Read More >

clarendon-courthouse-rosslyn patchNov. 7, 2010 Congressman Moran Visits A-SPAN’s Emergency Winter Shelter

By Sara CarothersA-SPAN’s Emergency Winter Shelter operates from November 1-March 31, and Congressman Jim Moran came by an open house on Saturday to show his support for the vital services for Arlington’s homeless. Read More >

arlington weekly newsNov. 3, 2010 Street Guide To Emergency Services: Provide Something Better

Arlington Weekly News – “We don’t think you’ve seen one of these yet, and we think it’s a good idea, and that you’ll want to get one. This is the Street Guide To Emergency Services that the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, or A-SPAN, is making available…” Watch the Video >

sun gazetteNov. 1, 2010 New Guide to Aid Panhandlers, Others on the Street Find Services

by Scott McCaffrey – You’re approached on the street or while sitting in your car by a panhandler, and asked for money. What should your response be: To give some, or say no? The best answer may be a third option. The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) has debuted… Read More >

sun gazette Oct. 29, 2010 Plan for Year-Round Shelter Could Be Public Soon

by Scott McCaffrey – The Arlington County government’s Emergency Winter Shelter opens for the season on Nov. 1, and county officials may be just weeks away from detailing measures to eventually expand shelter services to year-round operation. Read More >

tbd Oct. 20, 2010 A-SPAN: What’s your agenda?

By Rebecca A. Cooper – Name: Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) Motto: Helping the Homeless in Arlington Members: A-SPAN has 18 full-time staff members and more than 1,000 volunteers, according to executive director Kathy Sibert. Read More >

bisnow Oct. 13, 2010 Tweet-up

Bisnow – What happens when social media and real life collide? No, the Old Spice Guy doesn’t come to life (sorry, ladies). We’re talking about Tweet-ups: meet-ups organized through Twitter. Read More >

bisnow Aug 18, 2010 How to Win an Online Grant Contest

Bisnow – A-SPAN, a non-profit helping the homeless in Arlington, VA, joined a coalition with other groups (including Atlas Corps) to cross-promote and pool their votes in the Chase Community Giving contest. Director of Development Jan Sacharko tells us each organization set up… Read More >

sun gazette July 30, 2010 Credit Union Honors A-SPAN Volunteer

Sun Gazette – Arlington Community Federal Credit Union recently presented Missy Snelling with its “People Helping People” Award, for her volunteer efforts in support of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). Read More >

arlington now July 8, 2010 A-SPAN Receives $90K Federal Grant

ARLnow – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network is getting a $90,750 grant from the feds. A-SPAN was one of 550 local homeless organizations selected to receive funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program. Read More >

bisnow July 1, 2010 Hip & Happening

Bisnow – Only two months after joining Facebook, Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network won $25,000 from the Chase Community Giving Challenge, a grant competition in which Facebook users vote for their favorite charities. Read More >

wash postMay 21, 2010 Honoring Those That Help The Homeless

By Vanessa Mizell – A local community volunteer, church and business were inducted into the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network’s volunteer hall of fame during the organization’s recent spring event at the Signature Theater. Read More >

sun gazetteMay 11, 2010 Homeless Advocates See Prospects Brighten for Year-Round Shelter

by Scott McCaffrey – Momentum among top elected officials appears to be shifting, in stages, toward support for a year-round shelter to assist Arlington’s homeless population. “We’re excited about the possibility,” said Meg Tuccillo, chairman of the board of directors… Read More >

sun gazetteApril 23, 2010 A-SPAN Announces New Hall-of-Fame Inductees

Sun Gazette – Art Baltrym, Shirlington Self Storage and Central United Methodist Church have been announced as the latest crop of inductees into the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) Hall of Fame. Read More >

wash postApril 11, 2010 Return of warm days returns D.C. area’s homeless to streets

By Darryl Fears – One of the coldest winters in the region’s history had passed, but Stanley Terry of Arlington County had a deeply worried look. The emergency hypothermia shelter where Terry, who is homeless, had slept for the past few months to avoid the life-threatening cold shut its doors April 1… Read More >

wash postMar. 25, 2010 Charities swap formal fundraisers for playtime at pubs

By Hamil R. Harris – At a time when donations to charities are down, a number of nonprofit groups are exchanging pledge drives and dinner dances for kickball tournaments and “American Idol”-style singing competitions. Read More >

wash postJan.21, 2010 Arlington nonprofit competes for $1 million on Facebook

By Darryl Fears – Jan-Michael Sacharko looked desparate. He felt dizzy. His mouth was dry. He was pleading with Georgetown University students to vote for his homeless advocacy group on Facebook so it could win $1 million. “Do you have 10 seconds to help the homeless?” he cried out. Read More >

sun gazette Jan.18, 2010 Students Honored for Award-Winning King Essays

by Scott McCaffrey – County students had the opportunity to shine a spotlight on worthy local non-profit organizations at the 41st annual Arlington tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I believe that if everyone just helped someone, the world would be a better place,” said Shakiya Harrison… Read More >

fox five Jan.15, 2010 Homeless Group In $1 Million Contest

Fox 5 News – A local homeless group is a finalist in a competition to win one million dollars. Now, they are asking for your help to help them win! Kathleen Sibert is the executive director of Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network and she joined us with details. Watch the Video >

sun gazette Jan.9, 2010 A-SPAN in Running for Million-Dollar National Prize

by Scott McCaffrey – Expansion of the Arlington emergency winter shelter to a year-round facility could come a whole lot closer to reality, if the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) wins a $1 million grant that relies on a public vote through the Facebook social-networking site. Read More >

wash post Jan.7, 2010 A vote for nonprofit group could be worth $1 million

Washington Post – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network was recently notified by Chase Bank that the organization is eligible for a $1 million donation. The organization successfully competed with 500,000 nonprofit groups on Facebook… Read More >

wash post Dec. 3, 2009 In Arlington, need for emergency shelter swells

By Yamiche Alcindor – Arlington County’s emergency winter homeless shelter is working to expand its resources and services for people who seek its help each night. Kathleen Sibert, executive director of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, the nonprofit group that operates the shelter… Read More >

sun gazetteNov. 3 2009 Homeless Shelter Opens for Winter With Additional Beds

by Scott McCaffrey – County government officials on Nov. 1 opened Arlington’s emergency winter shelter, which has been expanded this year to accommodate what is expected to be a larger group in need of a place to sleep when cold weather descends on the area. Read More >

arlington co Oct. 27, 2009 Arlington Awarded Stimulus Funds to Fight Homelessness

Arlington County – Arlington County has been awarded $363,600 to prevent households from becoming homeless and to quickly re-house and stabilize those who are homeless. At its meeting today, the Arlington County Board appropriated the grant… Read More >

sun gazette Oct. 5, 2009 A-SPAN Wins Contract to Operate Winter Shelter

Sun Gazette – The Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) has received a five-year contract from the Arlington County government to operate the Arlington Emergency Winter Shelter, located in the Courthouse area. Read More >


Press Releases

November 10, 2020 – A-SPAN Appoints CEO ARLINGTON, VA – November 10, 2020 –The Board of Directors of A-SPAN, a nonprofit organization that provides life-saving supportive services for vulnerable people, has announced the appointment of Betsy Frantz to the position of President/CEO… 

 June 4, 2020 – Statement of Solidarity from Arlington’s Safety Net Nonprofits ARLINGTON, VA – Jun 4, 2020 As Arlington safety net nonprofits working with marginalized people in our community, we feel and recognize the pain and suffering of so many over the deaths of George Floyd… 

 November 18 2019 – A-SPAN Announces Retirement of President & CEO ARLINGTON, VA – November 18, 2019 – A-SPAN announces the retirement of its President & CEO, Kathy Sibert. After leading the organization for 11 years, Sibert will continue her role through January 31, 2020. 

June 11, 2019 – A-SPAN Selected by Amazon for Employee Match Campaign ARLINGTON, VA – June 11, 2019 A-SPAN has been selected by Amazon as a local nonprofit partner to participate in a $5 million company employee match campaign, now through September 30, 2019.

October 16, 2018 A-SPAN Wins 2018 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award ARLINGTON, VA – October 16, 2018 –A-SPAN has been named a 2018 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award grant recipient in the Greater Washington area. A-SPAN was selected for its commitment to addressing issues fundamental to economic mobility. 

December 1, 2016 CareFirst_A-SPAN Check Presentation ARLINGTON, VA – December 1, 2016 – A-SPAN will be recognized by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) as an innovative community health partner at a check presentation on Friday, December 16, at 9 a.m. at the Homeless Services Center, 2020A 14th Street North, Arlington VA.

September 26, 2016 – A-SPAN-APAH Partnership ARLINGTON, VA – September 26, 2016 – A-SPAN is thrilled to announce that the Arlington County Board in a 5-0 vote approved the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing’s (APAH) proposal to acquire eight buildings, totaling 68 units, with Arlington County Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) support.

May 25, 2016 – A-SPAN Honorable Mention Recipient 2016 AIM Award ARLINGTON, VA – MAY 25, 2016 – A-SPAN is proud to be an Honorable Mention Award recipient of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement 2016 Advancement in Management (AIM) Award. The Honorable Mention was bestowed on A-SPAN for its excellent management practices and outstanding achievement in organizational competence and sustainable best practices.
July 22, 2015 –  A-SPAN Wins 2015 Board_Leadership_Award ARLINGTON, VA ­‐ July 22, 2015 – A-SPAN was recognized today by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as the 2015 winner of the Board Leadership Award. A-SPAN will receive a $10,000 grant; communication exposure through print, radio, television and social media; and training and development opportunities for the board and President from BoardSource and through the Center’s Learning and Leadership Institute.
July 10, 2015 – A-SPAN Named One of Five Finalists for 2015 Board Leadership Award ARLINGTON, VA – JULY 10, 2015 – A-SPAN has been named one of five finalists for the 2015 Board Leadership Award. The five finalists include A-SPAN, City Blossoms, Global Impact, Leadership Arlington, and National Center for Children and Families. The Board Leadership Award is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement presented by CohnReznick LLP with educational support from BoardSource.
MAY 21, 2015 – A-SPAN is an Honorable Mention Recipient of the Washington Post 2015 Award ARLINGTON, VA ­‐ MAY 21, 2015 – A-SPAN is proud to be an Honorable Mention recipient of The Washington Post 2015 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. A-SPAN was nominated for its innovative and outstanding management practices, including fiscal management, communication, organizational and resource development, planning, human resources, risk management, diversity/inclusiveness, evaluation and use of technology.
APRIL 20, 2015 – A-SPAN Named Finalist for the 2015 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management ARLINGTON, VA ‐ APRIL 20, 2015 – A-­‐SPAN has been named one of three finalists for The Washington Post 2015 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. The three finalists include Arlington based A-­SPAN, DC based Calvary Women’s Services, and DC based Sitar Arts Center. The Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and sponsored by The Washington Post. Launched in 1995, the prestigious award has sought out the most outstanding nonprofits located in the D.C. metro area.
APRIL 10, 2013 – A-SPAN Celebrates 40 Successful Clients, Spring Gala: A Welcome Home Celebration May 10th at the Washington Golf and Country Club Friday, May 10th, from 6 to 9:30 pm, A-SPAN (Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network) will be holding our Spring Gala: A Welcome Home Celebration at the Washington Golf and Country Club. Join Honorary Chair, Sheila C. Johnson, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist; and Master of Ceremonies, Emmy Award winning anchor for ABC7/WJLA-TV, Alison Starling; as we celebrate housing more than 40 of our least fortunate neighbors in Arlington this past year and Arlington County’s commitment to a year-round Homeless Services Center
JANUARY 30, 2013: “Homeless Census,” the Point-in-Time Count to be Conducted Across Arlington, Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Wednesday, January 30th, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., A-SPAN (Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network) will be leading teams of staff and volunteers in the 2013 Point-in-Time Count, an annual census of homeless persons in Arlington County. This local count is part of a nation-wide count that occurs during the last ten days in January in order to collect accurate data, understand trends, justify requests for federal funding, and measure community progress towards preventing and ending homelessness.
MARCH 26, 2012: A-SPAN Approved for $93,000 in New HUD Funding for Housing Chronically Homeless Adults The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced $93,000 in new funding for A-SPAN’s Permanent Supportive Housing Programs (PSH) for chronically homeless individuals. This funding is part of an overall $2.1 million in grants given to thirteen programs in the state of Virginia, and $201 million given to 731 new programs nationally.
JUNE 28, 2012: A-SPAN Outreach Workers to Conduct Intensive “Day of Outreach” to Identify New Clients June 28, 2012; Ashlawn Elementary Donates 55 Cases of Water for Homeless Ashlawn Elementary School students surprised A-SPAN (Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network) staff with a gift of over 1,300 bottles of water last week to be handed out to street homeless people of Arlington County during the summer months. A-SPAN staff were at Ashlawn Friday, June 22, to thank the students for raising over $4,000 in last year’s Fannie Mae “Help the Homeless” Walkathon.
JANUARY 25, 2012: “Homeless Census,” the Point-in-Time Count to be Conducted Across Arlington, Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 Wednesday, January 25th, from 4 a.m. to midnight, A-SPAN (Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network) will be leading teams of staff and volunteers in the 2012 Point-in-Time Count, an annual census of homeless persons in Arlington County. This local count is part of a nation-wide count that occurs during the last ten days in January in order to collect accurate data, understand trends, justify requests for federal funding, and measure community progress towards preventing and ending homelessness.
JULY 12, 2011: A-SPAN Opening Early Today to Serve As Cooling Center For Street Homeless, Donations of Bottled Water Welcome The District of Columbia has issued a “hyperthermia” alert with the expected high temperature today of 101 degrees F and a heat index near 110F. The A-SPAN (Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network) main office located at 2708-B South Nelson St, Arlington, VA 22206, will open at 9:30 am this morning for street homeless individuals to come inside and stay cool. A-SPAN’s staff request donations of bottled water to distribute on the street today to those who cannot make it inside.
JUNE 6, 2011: A-SPAN Named Finalist in Toyota 100 Cars For Good Program A-SPAN (the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network) is one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public beginning May 9, 2011. Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five non-profit organizations each day for 100 days on Toyota’s Facebook page, facebook.com/toyota. Visitors to the page can vote once a day for the organization that they feel is most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle. A-SPAN will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on June 22, 2011.
MAY 9, 2011: A-SPAN Receives $91,000 in New HUD Funding for Housing Chronically Homeless Adults The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced $91,000 in new funding for A-SPAN’s Permanent Supportive Housing Programs (PSH) for chronically homeless individuals. This funding is part of an overall $2.4 million in grants given to eleven programs in the state of Virginia.
DECEMBER 22, 2010: Arlington Community Joins A-SPAN for Special Christmas Eve Dinner for Homeless A-SPAN ( Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network) staff, local volunteers and community religious and business organizations have joined forces to serve a festive dinner at Arlington’s Emergency Winter Shelter (EWS), on Christmas Eve. A stuffed turkey has been donated by Temple Rodef Shalom and an assortment of pies and cookie plates for dessert has been donated by Harris Teeter.
NOVEMBER 6, 2010: A-SPAN Hosts Community Events Saturday November 6 for Emergency Winter Shelter Awareness – Enhanced Services Added to Aid the Homeless A-SPAN, the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, opened it’s Emergency Winter Shelter, Monday, November 1st serving the homeless through March 31, 2011. Saturday, November 6, at 2049 N. 15th Street, across from the Arlington Courthouse, from 2 – 5 pm, A-SPAN will host an open house for the community to tour the shelter, take part in informational presentations and join a mini-walk for the homeless ending at Whitlow’s On Wilson for complimentary refreshments.
NOVEMBER 3, 2010: Giant Food to Donate $10K Lottery Commission to Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network Giant Food of Landover, Md. will donate $10,000 to the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). The donation is the commission Giant received from the Virginia Lottery as a result of selling the winning Mega Millions Ticket at the Shirley Park Giant on September 17, 2010.