Homeless woman with dog

Catholic Social Services (CSS) provides shelter, meals, connections to jobs and medical care for those experiencing homelessness. CSS gives assistance to children and their families, offers help for immigrants and refugees, serves people with disabilities and improves the quality of life for the entire community by advocating on behalf of the most vulnerable.

CSS remains committed to serving our community, and the health of our clients, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. Learn more and stay up-to-date by reading our response to COVID-19.

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For immediate assistance finding a program to meet your needs, call United Way 2-1-1.
Do you need emergency shelter?
Do you need emergency food?
Do you need assistance in securing stable housing?

Emergency Shelter

Brother Francis Shelter Beds
Brother Francis Shelter

A voluntary emergency shelter for homeless men and women, 18 years of age and older, with a capacity for 240 guests

Location: 1021 E 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
Hours: 24 hours/day, 365 days/year
Phone: 907-277-1731 (front desk)

Check-in begins at 5PM nightly, and concludes at 11PM when curfew goes into effect. First time guests will go through a registration process upon check-in.

For admission into the shelter, the following criteria must be met:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Homeless
  • Behaviorally appropriate
  • Able to independently provide self-care (e.g. the ability to get up and down off the mats, shower, use the restroom and dress oneself independently)
  • Free of highly contagious medical conditions (e.g. Tuberculosis, ringworm, chicken pox, whooping cough, measles)
  • Able to comply with shelter policies and procedures
Clare House

A voluntary shelter for women with children and expectant mothers

Location: 4110 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99517
Hours: 24 hours/day, 365 days/year
Phone: 907-563-4545 (front desk)

For admission into the shelter, the following criteria must be met:

  • Family must be homeless – preference is given to
    applicants sleeping in a car, camp, or on the street
  • Female head of household must be 18 years of age or
    older with:


    • a child or children under the age of 18
    • a dependent adult child up to the age of 21
      (proof of guardianship is required)
    • a pregnancy
  • Able to provide proof of guardianship for children in your
  • Able to provide picture identification
  • May not be a registered sex offender in any state

Emergency Food

Food Pantry
St. Francis House Food Pantry

Location: 3710 East 20th St.
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 4th Wednesday of each month: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Phone: 907-222-7353

When coming to the Saint Francis House Food Pantry you should bring the following items:

  • ID for head of household
  • Reusable Shopping bags (optional)
  • 30 minutes of free time

Saint Francis House Food Pantry Application

St. Francis House Food Pantry is part of the larger food pantry network in Anchorage.

Stable Housing

Clare House Stained Glass
Homeless Family Services

A case management program that assists and supports homeless individuals and families in securing stable, permanent housing and increasing self-sufficiency.

Community-Based Case Management

Basic eligibility requirements:

  • Family with dependents
  • Unsheltered
  • Desire and willingness to work on a service plan to increase self-sufficiency

Anchorage Location: 3710 East 20th St.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm (or by appointment)
Phone: 907-222-7334


Supportive Services for Veterans’ Families

Basic eligibility requirements:

  • A Veteran, or member of a Veteran household in which the Head of Household is a Veteran (*Veteran must have an other-than dishonorable discharge)
  • Very low income (below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI))
  • Currently homeless or expecting to become homeless (eviction notice)

Learn more about Veteran Services.
Palmer Office: 642 S. Alaska St.
Anchorage Location: 3710 East 20th St.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm (or by appointment)
Phone: 907-222-7331


Other Services

International Gardens

Family Disability Services

Respite Services for families with disabilities

Adoption Services

Advocacy, support and referrals for adoptive families

Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services

Services for Refugees