New Heights Redevelopment



Carpenter’s Shelter is pleased to announce that we have reached our $2M Campaign Goal! We are officially entering a new chapter as an organization.

In partnership with the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC), our ambitious property redevelopment project and accompanying New Heights Campaign will allow us to…

…Complete and furnish our new shelter. When construction ends in 2020, Carpenter’s Shelter will operate from a 60-bed, purpose-built homeless shelter. The floors above us will offer 87 affordable apartments and reserve 10 permanent supportive housing units for chronically homeless adults.

…Remove barriers for those most in need. Our permanent supportive housing tenants will have more opportunities to thrive when we hire a full-time case manager who will assist them with chronic issues like health, employment, and education.

…Introduce innovative new services. We will set aside dedicated funding to explore new and different ways to ending homelessness, including interventions that increase the success rate for achieving stable housing and decrease the length of stay in shelter.

Our $2 million New Heights Campaign supports more than just a new home for Carpenter’s Shelter and the families and individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a home in Alexandria. It’s a promise to our community that Carpenter’s Shelter will be around for the long haul, providing innovative new programs, partnerships, and interventions that will help end homelessness in our community.

Want to learn more? Click HERE for a downloadable PDF of our New Heights brochure.


New Heights Campaign

After years of internal planning, we are thrilled to take our first public steps toward a brand new building with a purpose-built residential shelter, 87 affordable apartments, and 10 permanent supportive housing units. To facilitate the redevelopment project, Carpenter’s Shelter sold our property at 930 N. Henry Street to our partner, Alexandria Housing Development Corporation. While the capital generated from this sale will allow us to buy back our portion of the building, we will still have a funding gap to cover.

To fully fund our redevelopment project, we have launched the New Heights Campaign, which aimed to raise $2 million to close the funding gap. Quietly started in the summer of 2018 and publicly launched by May 2019, the New Heights Campaign is making progress! Now we need our neighbors and community support to help us reach above and beyond our ultimate goal of $2 million.

Together, let’s support the homeless men, women, and families with children who need our help today and better serve those will need us for years to come. Consider a generous contribution today!


Recognition and Naming Opportunities

New Heights Campaign contributions are welcome online or by check. All donations of $5,000 or more will be included on a special donor recognition plaque to be displayed in the new, purpose-built shelter. All those who give $10,000 or more may select a naming opportunity to recognize their gift.

Naming Opportunity Donation Amount Availability
 Community/Dining Room $150,000 Available
 Children’s Lounge $100,000 Reserved
 Children’s Playroom $100,000 Reserved
 Playground $100,000 Reserved
 David’s Place $100,000 Reserved
 Conference Room/Classroom $75,000 Reserved
 Clinic $75,000 Reserved
 Commercial Kitchen $75,000 Reserved
 Front Desk $50,000 Available
 Foyer $50,000 Reserved
 Courtyard $50,000 Reserved
 Library/Media Room $50,000 Reserved
 Resident Solutions Office $50,000 Available
 David’s Place Computer Lab $25,000 Reserved
 Computer Room $25,000 Reserved
 Pantries $25,000 1 Available
    1 Reserved
Technology Room $15,000 Reserved
 Benches in the Courtyard $15,000 3 Reserved
 Individual Shelter Rooms $10,000 1 Available
    12 Reserved
Permanent Supportive Apartments $10,000 9 Available
    1 Reserved

If you are interested in a remaining naming opportunity, please contact Monise Quidley, Director of Development by email or phone at 703-548-7500 x 203.



While our permanent location is under construction, Carpenter’s Shelter has relocated to our temporary location at the former Macy’s at Landmark Mall. Carpenter’s Shelter continues to offer all of our services at our temporary location.

We are grateful for all of our partners who made the relocation a possibility and are enormously pleased that we were able to find a location that allows our resident, staff, and volunteers an uninterrupted flow to our 24 hours a day, 365 days a year operation.

Relocation Background

Kerry Donley, a former member of Carpenter’s Shelter’s Board of Directors, spearheaded the search for our temporary home and facilitated early conversations with representatives from The Howard Hughes Corporation ®, owner of the shuttered Landmark Mall.

Mark Bulmash, Senior Vice President of Development at The Howard Hughes Corporation says, “We greatly value the significant work for which Carpenter’s Shelter is known and share its commitment to forward-thinking, innovative solutions for issues facing our communities today.”

This sentiment led The Howard Hughes Corporation to lease part of the former Macy’s site to Carpenter’s Shelter and inspires its ongoing, active participation in the ever-evolving process of renovating and inhabiting a former department store.

Architecture firm Cooper Carry creatively re-imagined the unconventional space and designed the temporary shelter to include individual and family rooms, David’s Place day shelter for our chronically homeless clients, bathrooms, laundry facilities, common spaces, administrative offices, and more. Contractor L.F. Jennings turned Cooper Carry’s design into a reality and H.H. Logistics facilitated a seamless move into the new space.

Carpenter’s Shelter officially relocated to our temporary location on Saturday, June 9, 2018!


Future Home

While Carpenter’s Shelter continues to offer uninterrupted services from our temporary home in the former Macy’s at Landmark Mall, the New Heights redevelopment project continues at our 930 North Henry Street property. The property redevelopment process is scheduled to take 18 months.

Our partner Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) will purchase the property, demolish the building, and begin construction. This effort, known as New Heights, will result in a brand new building that includes a purpose-built shelter, 97 affordable apartments—including 10 permanent supportive housing apartments—administrative offices, and an underground parking garage. Carpenter’s Shelter will operate the shelter and provide services to the 10 permanent supportive housing apartment tenants. AHDC will own and operate the 97 affordable apartments, which will make up an apartment complex named The Bloom. The complex will also have three outdoor terraces, a 1,600 square foot production garden, and playground.

By adding a new stock of affordable apartments, the New Heights property redevelopment project addresses the issue of affordable housing scarcity, a major barrier to ending homelessness in Alexandria. The new building was designed to fit architecturally with the rest of the area and the redevelopment plan complies with the intentions and guidelines outlined in the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan.



In the News

Carpenter’s Shelter’s New Heights Campaign and property redevelopment project have appeared in The New York Times and featured in local news! Browse the articles below to learn more!

“Amazon Donates $300K for Future Alexandria Shelter, Low-Cost Apartments,” Neal Augenstein, WTOP (18 November, 2019)

“Amazon Donates $300,000 to Homeless Shelter and Affordable Apartments in Alexandria,” Heather Graf, WJLA (18 November, 2019)

“Homeless Facility in Alexandria gets $300,000 boost from Amazon,” Antonio Olivo, Washington Post (18 November, 2019)

“Amazon Makes Major Donation To Alexandria’s Homeless Shelter,” Emily Leayman, Patch Del Ray (18 November, 2019)

“A Macy’s Goes From Mall Mainstay to Homeless Shelter,” Michael Corkery, The New York Times (13 June 2018)

“Carpenter’s Shelter Launches $2 Million ‘New Heights’ Campaign,” Alexandria Living Magazine (15 May 2019)

“Carpenter’s Shelter Launches New Fundraising Effort For New Building,” Emily Leayman, Patch (14 May 2019)

“Carpenter’s Shelter Launches New Heights Campaign,” James Cullum, The Zebra (10 May 2019)

“Ground Breaks in Alexandria for New Carpenter’s Shelter and Bloom Affordable Apartments,” Mary Wadland, The Zebra (30 August 2018)

“Carpenter’s Shelter, AHDC Project Breaks Ground,” Alexa Epitropoulos, Alexandria Times (30 August 2018)

“Partnership Gives Landmark Mall New Purpose,” Betsey Micklem, ACT for Alexandria for Alexandria Gazette Packet (20 August 2018)

“AHDC to Break Ground on The Bloom, New Carpenter’s Shelter,” Alexandria Times (16 August 2018)

“Affordable Housing and New Carpenter’s Shelter to Break Ground,” Emily Leayman, Patch (16 August 2018)

“In Metro DC, a Dead Mall Now Provides Housing for the Homeless,” Steve Dubb, Nonprofit Quarterly (11 July 2018)

“The Future of Suburban Homelessness? As Malls Empty, an Old Macy’s Becomes a Homeless Shelter,” Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post (6 July 2018)

“Empty Macy’s is Turned into a Homeless Shelter in Virginia,” Luciani Gomes, BBC (5 July 2018)

“Carpenter’s Shelter Gains ‘New Heights’: Macy’s Move Will Help Transition Shelter to New Multi-Story Home,” Amanda M. Socci, The Zebra (1 July 2018)

“Old Landmark Mall Macy’s Turns Into Homeless Shelter,” Janice Park, WUSA9 (18 June 2018)

“Carpenter’s Shelter Moves to Landmark Mall,” James Cullen, Alexandria Gazette Packet (18 June 2018)

“Carpenter’s Shelter Begins New Heights Redevelopment Project, Relocates to Landmark Mall,” (7 June 2018)

“Alexandria Homeless Shelter to Temporarily Move into Landmark Mall,” Kelly Rule, DCW50 (25 May 2018)

“Alexandria Homeless Shelter Moving Into Shuttered Landmark Mall Next Month,” Erica Jones, NBC4 Washington (24 May 2018)

“Carpenter’s Shelter to Move into Landmark Mall in June,” Alexandria Living Magazine (7 May 2018)

“Homeless Shelter Expected to Open in Landmark Mall’s Shuttered Macy’s by Spring,” Katie Arcieri, Washington Business Journal, (13 Feb 2018)

“Carpenter’s Shelter Eyes Landmark Mall for Temporary Move,” Alexa Epitropoulos, Alexandria Times (5 Oct 2017)

“Carpenter’s Shelter to Temporarily Relocate to Former Landmark Macy’s Store,” Carla Branch, (27 Sept 2017)

“Macy’s at Landmark Mall Could Become Homeless Shelter,” Mike Carter-Conneen, ABC7 (26 Sept 2017)

“Empty Landmark Mall Macy’s May Get Interim Life as a Homeless Shelter,” Karen Goff, Washington Business Journal (25 Sept 2017)

“Carpenter’s Shelter Project Approved in Alexandria,” Vernon Miles, Alexandria Gazette Packet (12 Dec 2016)


Press Kit

If you’re looking to cover Carpenter’s Shelter’s incredible New Heights Campaign and building redevelopment project, please use the resources below and reach out for more details!

Press Releases:

Community Pushes Carpenter’s Shelter’s New Heights Campaign Beyond Goal (December 2019)

Carpenter’s Shelter Reaches Bold Fundraising Goal With Generous Amazon Gift (November 2019)

Carpenter’s Shelter Launches New Heights Campaign (May 2019)

Carpenter’s Shelter Begins New Heights Redevelopment Project, Relocates to Landmark Mall (June 2018)


“Carpenter’s Shelter has always been a reflection of the community’s generosity. New Heights and the redevelopment are in that same vein. So many caring people are coming together and that support says a lot about who we are. I love it!” – Shannon Steene, Executive Director, Carpenter’s Shelter

“We are grateful to our early donors who have helped us reach our 70% milestone. Now as we enter the exciting public phase of the campaign we look to the larger community to join us to help our neighbors in need and support the bright future of Carpenter’s Shelter. Together we can reach New Heights!” – Meghan Hendy, Co-Chair, New Heights Campaign



Carpenter’s Shelter’s celebrates the success of our New Heights Campaign with Fran Becker, New Heights Committee Co-Chair, Meghan Hendy, New Heights Committee Co-Chair, Steve Hartell, Director of U.S. Public Policy for Amazon, and Shannon Steene, Executive Director of Carpenter’s Shelter.

On December 4, 2019, our donors, Board of Directors and Staff celebrate the success of our New Heights Campaign.

On May 9, 2019, Shannon Steene, Executive Director of Carpenter’s Shelter (left), welcomes guests to the public launch of the New Heights Campaign and thanks the community for caring about safe, affordable housing.
Rendering of the south elevation of Carpenter’s Shelter’s new building at 930 N. Henry Street opening in 2020. Cooper Carry, architects.
Rendering of the north elevation of Carpenter’s Shelter’s new building at 930 N. Henry Street opening in 2020. Cooper Carry, architects.
New Heights Logo


Lachelle Cato, New Heights Campaign Associate, 703-548-7500 x228

Campaign Donors

We would like to offer a huge, heart-felt thank you to all of the donors who supported the New Heights Campaign during fiscal year 2019! If you notice any errors within this list, please contact Lachelle Cato, Development Associate with corrections.

  Gifts $5,000 and Above  
Anonymous Meghan and Patrick Hendy Earl W. Stafford
Mary Aronov Jay Hoffman Barry and Margaret Stauffer
David Bailey Diane and John Hynes Pam and Gregory Sullivan
Jason and Suzy Booma Janney Jay Elizabeth Wilmot and Peter Adler
Robert and Hilary Brandt Ruth Kane and John C. Runyan Stuart Wineland
Nick and Gincy Carosi Carrie and Joshua Keene Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust
Michael Carr Peter Lunt and Pilar Vasquez-Lunt Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Ashley and Sam Chamberlain Michael and Joy Lyden Revada Foundation
Francis P. Chiaramonte, M.D. Family Foundation, Inc. Gibson McMahon Cotton & Company
Anthony and Jennifer Coco Ann and Christopher McMurray The Motley Fool
Ted and Lee Ellett Kerry and McCord Moody Jeremy Flachs Attorney at Law
Lee Fifer and Sarah Savage Robert B. Musser and Barbara Francis Rotary Club of Alexandria
Neil and Kelly Gillespie Jennifer Poersch Estate of Priscilla Jane Taylor
Rita and Ben Grazda Laura Rose and Eric Wazorko Columbia Capital,L.P.
Joan and Jeff Greene Matt and Amy Sheldon Ada and Albert Wibel Foundation
Mary Hall David and Marcia Speck Herget Family Charitable Foundation
  Gifts from $1,000 to $4,999  
William Ashford Sirine Fisher Peter and Nancy Sheldon
Patricia Barbarowitz Charlotte Hall Ingre Stackhouse
Beth Bartlett William Hecht Shannon M. Steene
David A. Bernanke Robin Hellmuth Helen Steene
Maribeth Bersani Emaline Henard Sharon L. Taylor
Mary Ann A. Bier Raymond and Marilyn Jacobsen James Taylor
Deborah A. Bombard Edward Kussy Kristin and Chris Teeters
Lisa Chimento Jen Lachman and John Villar Walter P. Tyree
Tom and Nancy Clark Claire LeSuer Jennifer Vasiloff and Jerry Hartz
Ed Creskoff John McEvoy Jonathan Wolcott
Jeff and Regina Creskoff Gary and Noelle McGlynn The Phase Foundation
James and Suzanne Davis Nicole Morrell Westminster Presbyterian Church
Windsor Demaine Pamela Nolan Kelly Strategies LLC
Catherine and Henry Desmarais Tim and Sarah O’Hara Holland & Knight LLP
Carol Dickerson Daniel and Tracey Pilone  
Michael Doyle Kristine Schulz  
Steven Duffield    
  Gifts from $500 to $999  
Jessica Amunson Herman L. Fitzgerald James and Diane Murphy
Susan and Richard Anderson James B. Flowers Scott and Andrea Ponsor
Willie F. Bailey Charlotte Grzebien Rose I. Ramos
Timothy Bickham Sue Gunter Peter Ramsberger
Sam and Renee Brathwaite Jane S. Jordan Roland and Diana Reynolds
Joan Bready George Keller Marie Ridder
Claire Cannon Aaron Leibowitz Alice and William Rogalski
Patricia Cecil Melissa MacGregor Karen and Will Sauers
Elizabeth M. Copps Donald MacVittie Ankur Shah
Brenda Doherty Richard and Kristene Miller Jennifer Siegel
Edward F. Donahue Patricia and Kevin Moore William G. Susling
Susan Duboc Genny Morelli Patricia A. Tracey
  Gifts from $101 to $499  
Alisha and Cameron Alford Lauren Irish Simone Putnam
Thomas E. Anderson Christine Joachim Claire Randall
Susan Athy M Kazanowska Tovah Ravitz-Meehan
Manuel Avila Jeffrey and Meghan Keller Robert Redmond
Jeff Barnes Elizabeth M. Kiker James Reo and Caroline Levy
Nancy Berg Annette Kilian Mary and Richard Rock
Bradley Beychok Kate Kirchgraber William D. Rogers
Michael Bogdanow Ann Korky Jacqueline Schenkel
Barbara Brenman Johnel and Gary Lance Robert Shapiro
William and Sally Brierre Joseph Lastelic Melissa Shelby
Alan M. Brody Belaine J. Lehman Robin Shultz
James T. Brown Ernest and Montsie Lehmann David W. Siegrist
Amoret B. Bunn Cecilia Lewis Charles E. Silva
Barbara A. Burke Mary Catherine Malin Noah Simon
Mary Caldwell Shirley Marshall Linda Simon
Elizabeth Cassidy Arra A. Mazor Maggie Smith
George and Marguerite Chadwick Sarah McElwain Susan J. Spear
Jim and Lisa Coakley Catherine C. McPeek John Spevacek
Linda Cotton June McSwain Brooke Stratford
Robert and Teri Culbertson Mark and Vickie Meranda Pat and Tom Sugrue
Barbara and David Currie Rachel and John Mercer Alfred W. Tate
Joseph Daley Christina Mooney Detra C. Taylor
Jay and Lisa Toews-Daugherty Joan H. Moore Susan Thompson
Rebecca and John Davies Patricia Mueller Thomas Tuttle
Alma Edgerly Marsha H. Murphy Marian Van Landingham
Sirine Fisher Patricia and Jeffrey Myers-Hayer Steven P. Varrecchio
Darlene Freeman Charles Nash Elmira Vogtmann
Brian Gaston Thomas Neer Elizabeth Wainstein
Pamela Gilbert Carol O’Shaughnessy David Weingart
Steve and Barbara Glomb Leslie and James O’Sullivan Terese and Bill Winslow
Carol Goodloe and Richard Kennedy Faye Padgett Sharon Witiw
Richard A. Green M. A. Parham Xavier Wong
Judith P. Grey Jerome Paulson Laura Zabriskie
William Hill Anita I. Pelley Stratis Zervos
Debra Hill Rebecca L. Penick Harold B. Zimmerman
David and Judith Hohman Mary Ann Phillips The Battey Family Charitable Fund
Eleanor Holsopple Jeannette Pickett  
Jill Hoover Angela Pittman  
Thomas Hussey Amy Poe  
  Gifts $100 and Below  
Priscilla Andre-Colton Mary L. Langley George Rasmussen
Diana S. Banat Patricia Larsen Patricia Rhodes
Marcia Carpentier Gerald E. Lee Denise P. Rizzuto
Edward L. Cotter Carolyn Lethert Edward L. Roberts
Bruce C. Davidson Evelyn Luis Carlos Rosales
Carolyn and David DeVilbiss Kathy A. Madrick and Thomas Oritz Veronica Tinsley
Basil Eliopoulos Joseph Mancias John A. Tolleris
Margaret Errington Lynn McCreedy Richard T. Welborn
Jan Foley Barbara Moffet Rance and Vera Willis
Wendy Ginsberg Charlotte E. Olson Margaret and Brett Wohler
Marilyn J. Hansel Ruby Osia David B. Wynne
Glenna Hecht Tofie and Margaret Owen John Young
Rollin and Ann Huntington Gay and Bob Pasley Kara Youree
Janet Johnson Hal W. Pattison  
Joan Kotze    

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What will happen during this redevelopment project?

Carpenter’s Shelter residents, staff, and services will move out of our current building at 930 North Henry Street, relocate to a temporary space at the former Macy’s at Landmark Mall, demolish the current building, and build a brand new, purpose-built multistory building on the property.


What is the time frame for the project?

Carpenter’s Shelter moved out of our longtime location at 930 North Henry Street and into the former Macy’s at Landmark Mall at the beginning June 2018. The demolition of our current building and the construction of the new building will take about 24 months. The new building will be ready for use in mid-2020. We will move back at that time.


Will Carpenter’s Shelter stay open during the construction of the new building?

Yes! Carpenter’s Shelter will stay open during the relocation and construction of the new building. Only our physical location will change.


Will Carpenter’s Shelter add or remove any services at the temporary location? At the new building?

Carpenter’s Shelter will offer all of its current services at the temporary location. At the new building, Carpenter’s Shelter will add services for residents such as offering 10 permanent supportive housing apartments.


Are the facilities at the temporary location different from the current building?

The temporary location is similar in size and feature similar spaces including individual and family rooms, David’s Place day shelter, bathrooms, laundry facilities, common spaces, staff offices, and more. The most significant change will be the lack of a full commercial kitchen. Instead, a scaled-down kitchen will have induction heating appliances, crockpots, and more.


How does Carpenter’s Shelter deal with changes in residents’ public transportation needs?

Carpenter’s Shelter has arranged for a daily shuttle for our day shelter (and eventually Winter Shelter) participants, coordinated with DASH to ensure appropriate area coverage, and doubled our transportation support budget. These efforts promise that everyone gets where they need to go!


Will youth residents need to change schools during the temporary relocation?

No, our youth residents will not change schools during the temporary relocation. Instead, they will stay at their current schools to preserve as much stability as possible. 


Will the temporary relocation impact the Landmark Mall redevelopment?

No, the Landmark Mall owners assure us that Carpenter’s Shelter temporary relocation will not impact their redevelopment plans.


What will the new building be like?

Carpenter’s Shelter’s current building at 930 North Henry Street will be torn down and a brand new multistory building with an underground parking garage will be erected in its place. The purpose-built shelter and administrative offices for Carpenter’s Shelter will be on the first floor of the building. The upper floors will feature 97 affordable apartments and 10 permanent supportive housing apartments. The 97 affordable apartments will range in size from studio to three bedroom units and will be available for those making 40-60% of the area median income.


Will Carpenter’s Shelter run the apartments above the shelter?

Carpenter’s Shelter will not manage the apartments above the shelter. The 97 affordable apartments will make up an apartment complex named The Bloom, which our partner, the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation, will own and operate. Carpenter’s Shelter will oversee the 10 permanent supportive housing apartments and provide services to those residents.


What is permanent supportive housing?

Permanent supportive housing is a solution for people who have been unable to transition to stable housing in the community because of significant challenges such as disabling mental health, substance abuse, and/or other chronic health conditions. When a person enters permanent supportive housing, they move into a rent-controlled unit, pay a small percentage of the rent, and have access to Carpenter’s Shelter’s comprehensive supportive services.


Is there a time limit on permanent supportive housing occupancy?

No, permanent supportive housing is truly permanent. Residents will sign a legally binding lease and can remain tenants as long as they meet its conditions.


Will the new building match the rest of the development in the area?

Yes, the redevelopment plan complies with the intentions and guidelines outlined for the community as articulated in the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan.


Is there a need for affordable housing in the area?

Yes and the lack of affordable housing is one of the greatest barriers to our residents’ sustainable self-sufficiency in the community. Since the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan was approved in 2008, approximately 1,000 new market rate apartments have been constructed in the area; only 10 of these are designated affordable apartments. The market rate apartment rent in this area ranges from approximately $1,500 for a studio apartment to $2,500 for a two bedroom apartment.


Why would Carpenter’s Shelter go through all of this? Isn’t the current building sufficient?

The Carpenter’s Shelter Board of Directors and staff made the decision to redevelop after careful deliberation. Ultimately, our belief that homelessness is fundamentally a lack of affordable housing determined our course of action. Having access to an additional 97 affordable apartments within our community will create an extraordinary benefit for our residents.