ACTS: On a Mission to End Homelessness in Prince William
Here are some frightening stats about homelessness in Prince William County and beyond:
- On any given night in the state of Virginia there are 6,067 people suffering from homelessness.
- In the general population, 7.2 out of every 10,000 people are homeless.
- Prince William County’s homeless numbers represent 7.8 out of 10,000 people alone, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness organization, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States.
Homelessness is a national problem. However, here in Prince William, ACTS is helping change our neighbors’ lives through the shelters and services offered one person at a time.
ACTS Works to End Homelessness
From emergency shelter to transitional housing to permanent housing, ACTS is providing services throughout Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. Whether it’s a safe place for just the night, or a few weeks, ACTS provides not only the shelter necessary during a difficult period, it also provides the critical housing and assistance needed to help people get back on their feet.
How ACTS Helps Prevent Homelessness
- Beverly Warren Emergency Shelter: Serving women and families, access to this shelter is 24 hours a day. The shelter has 18 beds available for females or families who are homeless. With the provision of individual case management, ACTS helps each person with housing, finance, employment, health, education and other needs.
ACTS also ensures the children of families at the shelter will remain in school and will have activities to keep them occupied while there.
- Rapid Re-Housing Program: Getting people short-term rental assistance and services quickly helps increase people’s self-sufficiency and helps them to stay housed. A federal and state funded program, ACTS administers the Rapid Re-Housing Program to those who are homeless, as well as people coming from Emergency Shelters, Domestic Violence Shelters, Hospitals, Hotels, and Transitional Living programs. In a 2011 report on Homelessness and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, former U.S. Secretary of HUD, Shaun Donovan said “the experience of HPRP showed that we can have the greatest impact on homelessness by helping people who have just fallen into homelessness quickly get back out – by rapidly finding long-term living situations for them.” ACTS is working diligently on this program.
- Affordable Housing Program: Working with The Department of Housing and Community Development ACTS provides qualified low and moderate-income households the ability to rent privately owned and managed properties within Prince William.
- Permanent Supportive Housing Program: An exciting and newly renovated 6,000 square foot house situated on an acre of land will be home to the new ACTS Women’s Empowerment Center. Once opened, the program will provide long-term housing and case management services to those suffering with substance abuse as well as mental health disorders and who find themselves chronically homeless. The Center is set to become a central location for women to live the life they want to lead.
Coordinated Entry System: (703) 792-3366
Beverly Warren Emergency Shelter: (703) 221-3188
Affordable Housing Program: (703) 884-2285
Rapid Re-Housing Program: (703) 884 2285
The staff and volunteers who work for ACTS are determined to help achieve its mission, which includes alleviating homelessness in order to help people live a successful life. Volunteers are always welcome. For more information on volunteering, learn about our Adopt A Day program, or consider donating. Your efforts make a difference in the lives of your neighbors.
With a mission to instill hope, provide relief and to promote self-sufficiency for our neighbors in crisis in the Greater Prince William area, ACTS is working towards creating a community where no one goes without or suffers alone. Through the services and programs we offer, we believe while people may come to us in crisis, they will leave filled with hope, concrete relief and the tools to succeed without us.