Get Help

Are You Homeless? We Can Help.

Our congregate shelter hosts as many as 25 adults each night during the coldest months of the year. We are open November through March.

As COVID-19 keeps our community’s resources in flux, stay tuned to the Street Sheet – updated monthly by our student partners at UVA. See the latest Street Sheet (September 2022) – PDF, opens new tab.

Check the Calendar
Our congregate shelters are open from November through March. This spans the coldest time of year when sleeping on the streets runs the risk of freezing to death.

November 14, 2022 – March 24, 2023

Review your Options
Our shelter is a “last resort” when you have no other place to go.

Do you have family or friends you can safely stay with?

Are you eligible to stay at the Salvation Army and they have open beds?

Do you have support resources in another community?

Register In Advance
If you need shelter and have no other options, screen for resources through the Homeless Information Line (434-207-2328). The HIL operators will provide you with the information you need to access our shelter, unless you qualify for other shelters or resources instead.

More than just shelter: PACEM can help you move from street to home

PACEM can help you move back into the community and out of our shelters. A Case Manager/Advocate will work with you, meeting with you one-on-one at least every 14 days. Our goal is to help you along the path from Street to Home. With our help, a total of 50 individuals moved into a stable home during the 2019-2020 shelter season. These homes include private, market rate rental apartments, moving back in with family and friends, public housing, nursing homes, and assisted living. In addition to those who found stable housing, we helped guests get into  a more structured shelter with work and/or sobriety requirements and guided guests as they reconnected with their family support network.

Other Help Available

The Haven Day Shelter provides showers, breakfast, and laundry facilities from 6:45am-5:00pm Monday-Sunday during our shelter season, with a break for lunch at noon. The Haven also provides access to Rapid Rehousing, Prevention Assistance, and vouchers for work boots and bicycles.

Region Ten works to provide mental health, intellectual disability and substance use services in the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. Call their office at 972-1800 any weekday morning to connect!

The Crossings is a mixed-income community in which 30 studio apartments are designated for permanent supportive housing community for formerly homeless individuals. Another 30 are for those whose incomes are 50% or less of the area median income.

Central Virginia Health Services is a non-profit community health center with Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status. CVHS started in 1970 as a community based and patient-directed organization focused on providing care to people with limited access to the health services they need. Visit their location at 1101 E Jefferson St., or call 227-5624.

On Our Own provides peer to peer support providing mutual support, self-help, advocacy, education, information and referral services for individuals who acknowledge having significant problems in their lives due to mental illness and who are seeking to take responsibility for their own growth and recovery while supporting each other. Call 979-2440 for more information about groups and other supports.

The City of Charlottesville Downtown Job Center, located at 201 East Market Street in the Lower Level of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library, is a resource for employment services, offering assistance with job searches or resume writing. Call 970-3933.

Home to Hope is a peer-support organization for “time-served” individuals seeking guidance in housing, employment, and the transition back into the community.  Call 970-3601 to get started.

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) offers career assistance for job seekers, employment services for veterans, as well as unemployment benefits and other programs designed to assist with employment.

The Jefferson Area Board for the Ageing (JABA) offers senior housing and aging services, health, geriatric and Alzheimers care for seniors and their families in Charlottesville, and the outlying counties.