Need Shelter?

The Brisben Center is a safe, secure and supportive place where women, men, children and families without housing are provided shelter, a caring staff, a shower, a bed and meals, 24 hours a day/365 days a year —at no cost to residents

Brisben Center also offers a temporary platform with opportunities to regain housing, obtain a job, address challenges, acquire new life skills and get a second chance.



Our doors are open to anyone of any age, gender identity, race, creed, religious tradition or national origin. 


Are you or the person you are helping experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness?

LITERALLY HOMELESS means that you or the person you are helping is sleeping in a car, sleeping outside, or sleeping in any other place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

YES, I AM experiencing a housing crisis or I'm HOMELESS.

  • Please contact the The Brisben Center at (540) 899-9853 to speak to a staff member. You can expect to answer some questions from the staff member on duty.  
  • The Brisben Center is open 24 hours a day so you may call at any time — this includes nights, weekends and all holidays.
  • Other resources:

You MUST be available to enter the Center when you are advised that there is an opening for you.
We strongly encourage you to call the Center before making any plans.


Criteria & Expectations

Admission Criteria

  1. Must be at least 18 years old and homeless under the HUD definition.

    ["Literally Homeless — Individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence, meaning: 1- Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation; 2- Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state, and local government programs); or 3- Is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering institution.]
  2. Must be physically and mentally capable of independently providing adequate care for yourself and any children in Brisben’s communal dormitory environment.
  3. Do not present a threat of harm or danger to yourself or others, including clients, volunteers, staff or the facility.


  1. Agree not to consume alcohol or use illegal substances at the Center.
  2. Willing to adhere to Center policies and staff direction as they pertain to facility operations, safety, security, and health matters; and obey applicable governmental regulations/laws.
  3. Willing to treat other clients, volunteers, staff and the facilities with respect.
  4. Willing to engage in case management services for housing and related matters. Actively participate in a housing stabilization plan.
  5. Willing to commit to overcoming housing barriers and returning to permanent housing as quickly as possible.