Harrisonburg Emergency Shelter

The Salvation Army’s Family Services and Emergency Shelter serves families with children as well as single men and women in need of help during a time of crisis. The faith-based program offers a holistic approach to recovery, renewal and rehousing.

Harrisonburg is one of the the fastest growing cities in Virginia, and among Virginia’s 15 largest. Harrisonburg’s and Rockingham County’s low unemployment rate and quality of life draw people in search of employment. Some job seekers arrive without money or a place to stay. These individuals are referred to The Salvation Army for help.

Many of the shelter’s residents are local men, women and families who experience an expected emergency such as layoffs, illness, and other income disruptions find themselves homeless due to their limited income and lack of resources to carry them through their time of emergency. The Family Services and Emergency Shelter provides families and single adults with shelter and support to help them rebuild their lives, including basic and intensive case management, health and nutritional programs, and other community connections.

The 64-bed shelter has 5 family rooms as well as 14 beds for single women and 28 beds for single. The facility also has a kitchen-dining area that can seat 50 at a time as well as three separate lounges, one for families with children, one for women and one for single men. Each lounge is equipped with a television, read material, and games. The family lounge also has computers for children to do homework and a play area. Laundry rooms are also provided for client use.

Client registration begins daily at 4:00 pm, new admissions are processed on a first come first serve basis, based on available space. The evening meal is served in the dining room each day at 5:00 p.m.

Individuals will be allowed to stay for a maximum of six months provided that they have employment. Individuals who are unemployed may stay for a maximum of 30 days unless they secure employment. Individuals who are disabled may stay for a maximum of 90 days. For any other questions about policies or procedures please contact us during office hours. Longer stays are determined on a case by case basis after meeting with the Shelter Manager.

Whether through monthly gift or outright one-time gift, families and groups are invited to sponsor a bed…for a night, a week, a month, or for a year.


Families will be placed together.

Parents/Guardians must have birth certificates and custody agreements for all minor child in their care upon admission.

No admittance for registered sex offenders.

At admission all adults must provide verification from Harrisonburg Police Department that a warrant search with negative results was conducted on the date of planned admission.

All adults will submit to and pass a drug screen and breathalyzer, prior to admission.

Bed Sponsorship
One night per month – $16.15/month or $194/year
One week per month – $125/month or $1,500/year
A full month per month – $889/month or $10,668/year

895 Jefferson St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22803