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.

OPEN Monday to Saturday 7:30 AM-12 PM and Sunday 10 AM-3 PM.

Monday to Friday 12-5 PM by appointment

112 West Market Street Charlottesville, VA 22902


Latest Updates

Dec 03, 2015

Haven Cider

THE HAVEN & POTTER’S CRAFT CIDER – OUR HAPPY COLLABORATION: The story of this happy collaboration began 5 years ago, in 2011. Potter’s had just opened for business, selling—in our humble but spot-on opinion—the finest craft cider east of the Mississippi (and west, for that matter). The Haven was just a year old. A fortuitous conversation was had (over cider), and Potter’s cofounders, Tim Edmond and Dan Potter, offered...

Jul 13, 2015

The Haven Receives 2015 ArtPlace National Grant!

The Haven announced today that, in partnership with New City Arts, it is among the 38 recipients of ArtPlace America’s 2015 National Grants Program. ArtPlace, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies dedicated to creative placemaking, is investing $200,000 in Charlottesville, VA, to further integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and development through The Haven’s Housing2Home program. Out of nearly 1300 applicants, Charlottesville is the only...

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