Homeless Services

Information about housing assistance, shelters and homeless services

Page updated on Jun 15, 2020 at 3:10 PM

The temporary shelter at Charles Houston Recreation Center is now closed.

David's Place, a day shelter connected to Carpenter's Shelter, will reopen Tuesday, June 16. Due to CDC recommendations regarding social distancing, David’s Place rules and procedures have been modified:

  • David’s Place staff will provide daily pick-up at City Hall and Braddock Road Metro station beginning at 7:30 a.m.
  • Van capacity will be half; others may be accommodated with tokens based on availability.
  • Maximum guest occupancy in David’s Place is 15.
  • There will be two groups within the operating hours of 8:00 – 11:15 a.m.:
    • 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
    • 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Please do not arrive on the property before 9:30 a.m. if you are part of the second group.
  • Those in the first group will be asked to leave once persons from the second group arrive.
  • Guests are allowed to utilize laundry service every other day; staff will keep a detailed log of all laundry services performed daily.
  • Guests are allowed one (1) locker to store personal items. No food is to be stored in lockers.
  • Guests are allotted 15 minutes to shower daily.
  • David’s Place staff will drop guests off at Meade Memorial Church and City Hall beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Individuals seeking emergency shelter are encouraged to go to 2525 Mount Vernon Ave. to complete the screening on a walk-in basis. Phone screening appointments are also available as needed by contacting the call center at 703.746.5700. Once screened, individuals will be added to the wait list and referred once a bed is available at Alexandria Community Shelter or Carpenter's Shelter

The Winter Shelter at the Landmark location is now closed for the season.

Homeless Services Assessment Center (HSAC)

As part of the City of Alexandria Continuum of Care response to homelessness, HSAC allows for the efficient and effective connection of persons to services through a comprehensive assessment.   

Additionally, all persons will be assessed for diversion services creating an opportunity to address the housing crisis with targeted assistance while averting unnecessary entry into the shelter system.   

If you are experiencing a housing crisis call 703.746.5700 or walk in to meet with a member of the HSAC staff.

Department of Community and Human Services
2525 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22303
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Except holidays)
After hours, families and individuals experiencing a housing crisis and needing emergency overnight stay should contact the Alexandria Community Shelter or Carpenter's Shelter. During the winter months, the Alexandria Winter Collaborative is available. 

Shelters & Resources

Alexandria Community Shelter

2355-B Mill Road, Alexandria, VA 22314 - 703.746.3660
The Alexandria Community Shelter is a City-owned; 64-bed emergency shelter operated by Volunteers of America Chesapeake. Shelter is provided for men, women and families

Alexandria Winter Shelter

During wintry or cold weather, those experiencing homelessness may access the Alexandria Winter Shelter Collaborative located at Carpenter's Shelter, 5701-D Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304 . The Alexandria Winter Shelter Collaborative accommodates men, women and families with children. Those needing emergency shelter may access the this shelter by walking in at 7 p.m. Call 703.548.7500 for more information.

Carpenter’s Shelter

5701-D Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304
Carpenter’s Shelter  is a 60-bed facility that supports those experiencing homelessness in achieving sustainable independence by providing shelter, guidance, education and advocacy.

Eviction Storage 

The Eviction Storage program provides furniture storage and emergency shelter referrals for eligible low-income households facing immediate eviction. Call 703.746.5700 for more information.


PATH Homeless Assistance Program

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