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Consumer Health

A comprehensive guide to Consumer Health resources from the NOVA Libraries and online.


Rental assistance available to low-income community residents:

Housing programs by county:

Emergency shelters and crisis emergency assistance available for individuals and families who are homeless:

Temporary housing list:


Local transportation assistance options:

  • Dial-A-Ride: Subsidized taxicab from participating companies, traveling anywhere within their service area. There are no restrictions on trip purpose. This is a program for Fairfax County residents who are income-eligible. For more information contact 703.222.9764
  • Alexandria City: Transportation services for Homeless and Homeless Case Management programs including limited assistance with bus tokens, METRO passes for job interviews, and for transients. For more information contact 703.746.5700
  • The Car Ministry: The Car Ministry offers free cars to low-income households. For more information call 703.237.8479 or visit their website.


Applying for government benefits

Specific government programs (apply through Virginia's Common Help )

  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program): provides cash assistance for groceries to individuals that meet program guidelines. To qualify, you must be employed, working at least 80 hours per month, and meet the designated income requirements. Learn more about SNAP at the program website
  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children): for eligible pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding, infants, and children up to the age of 5. WIC provide supplemental food, health education, and support and referrals to healthcare centers. Learn more about WIC at the program website.
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families): a cash assistance program for people to receive a monthly stipend to assist with their expenses. Families with children can apply. Participants may be provided with services such as job skills training, work experience, job readiness training, childcare assistance, transportation, and other work-related expenses. Learn more about TANF at the program website. 
  • Child Care Subsidy Program: provides financial assistance to eligible families to help pay for the cost of childcare so they can work or attend education or training programs. Participating families may select any legally operating child day care facility eligible to participate in the program. Applications for this program can be completed through the Virginia's Common Help website or by submitting a paper application to your local department of social services. Learn more about the Child Care Subsidy Program and the application process at the program website. Note: You may be interviewed by a childcare worker. Income verification is required.




  • Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP): offers a high-speed internet plan for $30/month or less from leading internet providers. Learn more about ACP at the program website.
  • Comcast Internet Essentials: low-cost home internet package for individuals and households is now available for free for the first two months. Learn more and apply at the website.
  • Charter Communications: offers free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Restorative Dental Clinic

The Restorative Dental Clinic of Northern Virginia Community College offers an extensive, affordable dental care and services to all patients including older adults and patients with special needs.

6699 Springfield Center Drive
Springfield, VA 22150

Phone: 703.822.6607
Fax: 703.822.6610

Monday - Friday:
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Last appointment at 3:00 p.m.