Amazon donates $300K for future Alexandria shelter, low-cost apartments

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An artist’s rendering of the Carpenter’s Shelter ‘New Heights’ facility, which will contain a homeless shelter and affordable apartments in Alexandria, Virginia, is seen. (Courtesy Carpenter’s Shelter).

A nonprofit group planning a multi-story building in Alexandria, Virginia, containing a homeless shelter and dozens of affordable housing options, said Amazon helped it reach its fundraising goal with a $300,000 donation.

Carpenter’s Shelter is redeveloping 930 North Henry St., which is along U.S. Route 1, into a facility called New Heights. It will include a 60-bed overnight shelter, a day shelter, 87 low-rent apartments and 10 permanent supportive housing apartments.

The group’s partner, Alexandria Housing Development Corp., purchased the property, demolished the current building and started construction. When it’s completed in 2020, AHDC will own and manage the apartments, while Carpenter’s Shelter operates the shelter and provides support to the tenants.

Carpenter’s Shelter said a $300,000 donation from Amazon topped the non-profit’s $2 million fundraising goal, along with donations from more than 400 donors.

“Carpenter’s Shelter provides essential housing and services in the Alexandria community. New Heights is an innovative use of land and brings additional affordable housing paired with
services for those who need it most,” said Alice Shobe, director of Amazon in the Community.

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The design of the new Carpenter’s Shelter is intended to fit into the existing Alexandria community. (Courtesy Carpenter’s Shelter)


Donations to help with the redevelopment are still being accepted until Nov. 30.

The design of the new Carpenter’s Shelter is intended to fit into the existing Alexandria community. Earlier this year, Amazon donated $3 million to affordable housing in Arlington. The online giant’s HQ2 campus is being built in Arlington County near Crystal City.

Virginia lawmakers have expressed concern that new economic development and rising housing costs could drive current residents out of their neighborhoods.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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