Brother Francis Shelter, a program of Catholic Social Services, is an emergency shelter for men and women in Anchorage without a home. We serve the homeless with dignity, care, compassion and with an emphasis on moving our guests toward self-sufficiency.

Most of our shelter guests want to transition out of homelessness, and our staff is trained and ready to provide them with every opportunity to do so.

We offer our guests access to a variety of different services and supportive programs to help them transition out of homelessness.

CSS remains committed to serving our community, and the health of our clients, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. Click here to learn about how we’re caring for high-risk guests during COVID.

Shelter Services

Overnight baggage storage, dinner, showers, laundry, basic medical care, medicine storage, clothing room, programming and activities for guests

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Medical Care at Brother Francis Shelter

Five days a week, each guest of Brother Francis Shelter has access to health care on site. The Medical Respite program gives patient-guests a safe and semi-private space to recover from surgery and acute injuries after they have been discharged from the hospital. The Caring Clinic provides free access to preventative care and treats acute illnesses, wound care & skin infections, laceration repair, injuries, cough/colds/flu, sore throats, UTIs and more. Brother Francis Shelter also provides transportation for guests to hospitals and specialists around Anchorage.

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Programs

Case Management

Case Management provides guests the opportunity to receive personalized help in making and reaching goals to get back on one’s feet. Case managers utilize a collaborative process for assessment, planning, facilitation, and advocacy of coordinated services.

In-House Program

The In-House Program aims to provide guests with an opportunity to acquire work experience onsite. All duties help the shelter serve its guests. By participating in the In-House program, a guest learns valuable social and employment skills, while increasing their sense of self-worth.

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Admission to Brother Francis Shelter

We have certain criteria and requirements for our guests. Learn more about staying at the shelter.

Are you a Veteran? Learn more about the additional support we offer veterans.


Want to know what’s been happening at the shelter?

Brother Francis Shelter Newsletter, Fall 2021
Brother Francis Shelter Newsletter, Spring 2021
Brother Francis Shelter Newsletter, Fall 2020
Brother Francis Shelter Newsletter, Spring 2020

Contact Us

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

David Rittenberg
drittenberg@cssalaska.org