Emergency Shelter for Teenagers
An estimated 15,000 young people run away each year in Northern Virginia. We're here for those who don't find their way back home.
Alternative House's Emergency Shelter for Teenagers offers a safe haven to young people in crisis, at no cost to young people or their families. When a young person has nowhere to turn, Alternative House's door is always open. Teens who have run away, been turned out of their home, are homeless, abused or otherwise in crisis are welcome.
The Shelter is a completely voluntary program for young people 13 to 17 years old. They may stay for up to three weeks at a time. In addition to safe shelter, food and clothing, each teen receives intensive individual, group and family counseling and help keeping up with their education.
"Jenna" found us after she had been on the run for five days.
Each year, an average of 200 young people finds help and hope at Alternative House's Emergency Shelter for Teenagers. Alternative House's goal is to reunite these children with their families whenever possible. When this is not possible, we find a safe longer-term living arrangement for the young person. On average, 95% of the young people who come to Alternative House return to their families, with supports in place after they leave.
Established in 1972, the Emergency Shelter for Teenagers in Vienna, Virginia remains the only shelter of its kind in the Washington, DC Area. There were five other shelters similar to ours located in Northern Virginia, but over the past ten years, all five have closed their doors. The next closest shelter like ours in the state of Virginia is located in Virginia Beach.
Meet our Executive Director, tour our Emergency Shelter for Teenagers and learn more about youth homelessness at our one-hour Open Door Information Session, held on the second Tuesday of every month. Learn more.