The Haven works to end homelessness. We do this by operating a multi-resource day shelter for the homeless in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia and administering housing-focused programming. We facilitate transformation for the ready and provide respite for the weary. We exist because everyone needs a place to startThe Haven is located in a beautifully renovated church and annex building across from Lee Park and one block from the public library.

Our Day Shelter serves guests a healthy, hearty breakfast every day of the year, and offers a place to receive mail, shower, do laundry, use a computer, meet with support workers, and rest in a safe and supportive environment. For most guests, being homeless is a state of transition, not a permanent lifestyle. We are ready to connect homeless guests to the support they seek to find housing and stabilize their lives.

The Haven has adopted a Housing First approach to ending homelessness. We understand that homelessness is a housing crisis, and the solution to homelessness is housing. With this in mind, we facilitate Homeless Prevention, Coordinated Access, Housing Navigation, Housing Stabilization, Support Services for Veteran Families and Rapid Re-Housing. To find out more, visit the Housing First Programs page.

WINTER HOURS (PACEM Season) October - April 15

M-Sat: 7am - 12noon.   Sundays 7am - 3pm.

Breakfast daily at 7:30am.

OPEN Monday to Saturday 7:30 am-12 noon and Sundays 10 AM-3 PM.

Monday to Friday 12-5 PM by appointment

112 West Market Street Charlottesville, VA 22902



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Latest Updates

Oct 17, 2016

Local Child Raises Money and Serves Breakfast at The Haven

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Good deeds come in all shapes and sizes, and the staff at The Haven day shelter say they recently benefited from a child's good deed. "He's helping us get in touch with that authentic gesture that I think all of us have as humans." said Diana Boeke, The Haven's Community...

Oct 17, 2016

From Suitcase to Briefcase: Homeless Entrepreneur Class at The Haven

    Business course for homeless starts in Charlottesville Article By Allison Wrabel for The Daily Progress, October 16, 2016 A program designed to teach people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless how to start a business is launching this week in Charlottesville. The pilot program, From Suitcase to Briefcase, is an eight-week course designed to...

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