Emergency Assistance
The St. Lucy Project

Feeding the Hungry, Nourishing the Soul

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington believes passionately in a future without hunger. Right now, more than 236,000 (Feeding America) people in our diocese are food insecure—they do not know where their next meal will come from.

Therefore, Catholic Charities has re-energized its food distribution program. Four main hubs—Alexandria, Front Royal, Leesburg and Manassas—connect the diocesan-wide network of parish and ecumenical pantries. In total, more than 45 pantries (both parish-based and ecumenical pantries) are served by your support of donated food, time or financial gifts in support of The St. Lucy Project.

Christ House
131 S. West Street
Alexandria, VA
703-548-4227



Emergency Assistance

(Serving the counties of Arlington, most of Fairfax, King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Orange, Prince William (everything south of Manassas – Occoquan, Woodbridge, Dale City, Dumfries, Quantico, Triangle), Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Westmoreland and cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fredericksburg.

Telephone hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m 703-548-4227 – press “5”

  • Food assistance: Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Clothing assistance: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Financial assistance by appointment only: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Limited financial assistance for rent and utilities
  • Limited emergency food assistance
  • Information and referral to Catholic Charities and community services such as counseling, medical, financial, educational, governmental and other services

Catholic Charities established the emergency financial assistance program to help those who are experiencing a one-time financial crisis in their lives. We help or assist in the prevention of homelessness and the cut-off of essential utilities. We serve residents of the Diocese of Arlington regardless of their race, creed, religion or national origin.

The demand for these services is very high and we have limited funds, so assistance is given on a first-come first-serve basis. Those who are eligible for assistance must be seen in person at the Catholic Charities emergency assistance office.

Eligibility Requirements

Proof of income:

  • 1099
  • Court-ordered child support
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Unemployment
  • Social security
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Recent pay stubs

Rental Assistance:
  • Market rent – (unable to help if you are living in Section 8 Housing, public housing, or subsidized housing of any type)
  • Unable to assist if you are renting a basement or room
  • Written lease in your name
  • Late or eviction notice in your name
  • W-9 form (completed by landlord/property manager)

Utility Assistance:
  • Written lease in your name
  • Past due bill in your name with cut-off notice

Our Eligibility Requirements are intended to ensure that we assist those in greatest need in a fair and just manner.

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