Residential Shelters

Residents are offered comprehensive, goal-oriented case management including life skills and financial literacy education, mental health services, and employment assistance. The goal is to assist residents with transitioning to permanent, sustainable housing as quickly as possible.

The average stay at Carpenter’s Shelter is 2 months for individuals and 3 months for families.

Individuals and families seeking shelter must be referred from the Homeless Services Assessment Center and complete an intake assessment.


The Hoffman Center, 930 N. Henry St. Alexandria, VA 22314

Carpenter’s Shelter is more than just a roof. Our 64-bed facility is located just north of Old Town Alexandria, VA. We work with clients to address and overcome barriers which led to their homelessness. As of March 2023, Carpenter’s Shelter (The Hoffman Center location) became a family-only shelter.


Alexandria Community Shelter (ACS), 2355-B Mill Road, Alexandria, VA, 22314

On December 13, 2023, Carpenter’s Shelter assumed the operation of the Alexandria Community Shelter (ACS) after signing a multi-year contract with the City of Alexandria. ACS is a 64-bed residential emergency shelter that serves both families and individuals. The shelter is fully staffed by Carpenter’s Shelter employees and groups of volunteers serve lunch and dinner every day Monday through Sunday.

There is a unique opportunity for youth groups (ages 13 to 17) to serve as volunteers at ACS with a chaperone with a maximum of eight youths in the kitchen. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Demi Henry at or (703) 548-7500 x228.

The Alexandria Community Shelter is a partnership funded by the City of Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services’ Office of Community Services.