Carpenter’s Shelter moves to new temporary home

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A sign on Carpenter's Shelter's existing location on North Henry Street (Photo Credit: Louise Krafft)
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By Mae Hunt | [email protected]

Carpenter’s Shelter relocated Saturday to a temporary location at the former Macy’s in Landmark Mall.

Carpenter’s Shelter associate Kristen Parker talks with relocation manager
Yolanda Higdon of HH Logistical Planning (Photo Credit: Louise Krafft)

The shelter will continue to serve the homeless population out of the former Macy’s while their previous site, located on North Henry Street in Old Town, is demolished and a new shelter is constructed.

The temporary location is similar to Carpenter’s Shelter’s previous space in terms of size and available space for homeless individuals and families. The David’s Place day shelter for the chronically homeless will continue to operate at the shelter’s new facility, as will bathrooms, laundry equipment, common spaces and administrative offices.

Under the name “New Heights,” the redevelopment of Carpenter’s Shelter’s Old Town

Bunkbeds are disassembled for the move to Landmark Mall (Photo Credit: Louise Krafft)

location, will result in a brand-new, seven-story building complete with a purpose-built shelter, an underground parking garage, 10 permanent supportive housing apartments
and 97 affordable apartment units.

Carpenter’s Shelter will operate the shelter and the 10 permanent supportive housing apartments, while the shelter’s redevelopment partner, the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation, will own and operate the 97 affordable apartments as part of a new apartment complex called “The Bloom.”

The new development aims to address the dearth of affordable housing in the city. Carpenter’s Shelter is now located at 5701-D Duke Street, Alexandria 22304.

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