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An opportunity to work, to save money, and get themselves out of homelessness is what many of our shelter clients want most. New Hope Housing is proud to partner with the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) and Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) on Operation Stream Shield which provides this opportunity. Begun as a pilot program in 2019, Operation Stream Shield (OSS) was such an initial success that it became permanent in 2020.

What is Operation Stream Shield?

Rainstorms often wash trash, branches, and construction debris into Fairfax County waterways, and that often leads to major flooding. A small county department with a big name DPWES had to try to solve this problem.

A program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, called “There’s A Better Way” provided a model: hire people experiencing homelessness on a part-time basis to help clear waterways, pick up trash, and remove invasive weeds. That program began in 2015, employed over 1,000 people in its first three years, and led to permanent jobs for many of the workers.

DPWES created a pilot program in 2019 in partnership with the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH). They would hire clients from the Bailey’s Shelter, Kennedy Shelter, and The Lamb Center on an hourly basis several days a week.


Litter Hotspots Map

Clean Fairfax manages the Litter Hotspots Information Map which has the sites that Operation Stream Shield visits, as well as volunteer cleanup sites.


For more information, please email, or call 703-324-5500, TTY 711.

To report a litter spot, please email

For more information on Litter in Fairfax County, visit Litter.

Additional Resources & Media

Fairfax County Operation Stream Shield

Streams Get A Lift From County Program – Connection Newspapers

Fairfax County Enlists Homeless to Help With Stormwater Cleanup – NBC4



Shelter is available for adults only.

Location & Phone Numbers

(703) 799-0200
9155 Richmond Highway
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

Fairfax Connector Bus Route 171 is located directly in front of the Eleanor U. Kennedy Shelter.