Sullivan House, Bridges to Independence’s emergency shelter, provides individuals and families with a safe, supportive place to stay.

Emergency shelter is a temporary and last resort option available for those with little to no resources. Sullivan House is the largest emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Arlington County. The shelter, with ten one- and two-bedroom apartments, can accommodate up to approximately 14 families at a time. The median length of stay in Sullivan House is 3 months.

While residing at Sullivan House, individuals receive intensive assessment, counseling, and referral. Challenges run the gamut: eviction, medical conditions, domestic violence, substance abuse, traumatic brutality in their home countries, school issues, parenting problems, and more.

From the start, staff also begins tackling another area considered crucial for future success – money management. A detailed budget is worked out with each household, and any wages or benefits are carefully allocated. Along with housing stability, Bridges sees financial literacy as a fundamental of self-sufficiency.

Over the last year, Sullivan House sheltered 40 families, totaling 109 individuals.

91% transitioned into safe, affordable, and permanent housing.

"The Sullivan House staff opened their doors and hearts to my family and helped us get a new start.  We’ll never forget their kind words, the talks we had, and having a ROOF OVER OUR HEADS!" — RT

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"Informal get-togethers are one of the best ways to build language skills and social ease.  Every month, Bridges offers Coffee & Conversation Saturdays where clients, especially those with limited English, can meet-and-greet over breakfast. With coffee, tea, and bagels among friends, language flows more easily and improvement comes more naturally. Volunteers from Deloitte serve up the goodies along with light topics to jumpstart conversation."