From its humble volunteer, grassroots beginning in 1991 until today, A-SPAN has stayed true to its mission and values. Twenty-five years later, A-SPAN is a multiservice outreach and housing organization with a local reach and national reputation. Even in a metropolitan area as affluent as Arlington, homelessness and hunger is a serious problem. A-SPAN has attacked that problem with a single, clearly stated goal: ending homelessness in Arlington County.
A-SPAN’s housing program provides long-term housing and case management services for chronically homeless individuals and veterans, and has provided permanent housing for 275 individuals, including 45 veterans. Their homeless prevention program and rapid rehousing program offer temporary assistance for individuals facing eviction or who have been recently evicted.
The opening of the Homeless Services Center in 2015 was a game changer. The Center houses all of A-SPAN’s programs and services under one roof, including food, shelter, a full-time nurse practitioner and medical respite program, counseling, job training, and educational classes. The Center is a powerful resource in the community and shortens the time it takes to move an individual from homelessness to a home.
All that A-SPAN has accomplished would not be possible without the tireless efforts of their dedicated staff, and the countless volunteers who generously share their time and financial resources. “The success of our clients is a direct result of the dedication of time and energy from our staff, community volunteers, donors and Board of Directors,” says Kathleen Sibert, A-SPAN president/CEO. A-SPAN is constantly looking for new ways to end homelessness for individuals and veterans. “We are changing people’s lives every day,” says Scott Miller, senior director of development.