McKinnell House

and Family Services


1712 A Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

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Phone: (907) 375-3500

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Who We Are

The Salvation Army McKinnell House provides temporary emergency shelter and case management services to families experiencing the crisis of homelessness.  The Family Emergency Services program offers services focused on homeless prevention, providing for the practical needs of individuals and families through our food pantry and other assisstance, as funding is available.  

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McKinnell House Services & Programs

While at McKinnell adults work with a case manager to formulate a plan that will help the family successfully move back into independent housing. Families are required to obtain employment, if not working, and children are connected to educational and support resources. After leaving McKinnell House, families have the continued support of their case manager to develop a support system that will better equip the family for successful, independent living.

Who is eligible?

We provide emergency shelter for homeless families with children. Those who are unable to provide for their basic needs and cannot obtain the necessary assistance from other public or private agencies. Other eligibility criteria are considered upon application.

Where would I stay?

McKinnell House is part of The Salvation Army Family Enrichment (SAFE) Center, located at 1712 A Street. The shelter has sixteen family rooms with private bathrooms. Common areas include a shared children's play room, parent lounge, educational classroom and beautiful dining room.

How long may I stay?

McKinnell House is a temporary emergency (30 day) shelter. However, as families move toward self-sufficiency, the length of stay for residents may be extended, upon recommendation of a case manager and approval of the director until permanent housing is secured. A case manager will work with each family in developing a basic plan of action to address their unique needs, with specific goals to help them successfully transition into independent housing.

What services are provided?

  • 24 hour lodging and staff support
  • Individualized case management
  • Educational support in partnership with the Anchorage School District
  • Nutritious meals & snacks
  • Life skills development
  • Case management services continue six months after moving on to independent living

How may I apply?

Call First! (907) 375-3500


Our Food and Family Programs and Services

The Salvation Army provides several different forms of emergency assistance to help individuals and families during a time of personal crisis in their life. Practical assistance and spiritual counseling is offered for individuals and families in the community to help prevent homelessness.  These services may include: 

  • Food boxes
  • Clothing Vouchers
  • Utility Assistance
  • Rental Assistance

Each time you visit The Salvation Army Family Emergency Service Office you will need to bring the following items:

  • Photo ID for applicant
  • Physical proof of address (rent receipt, utility bill, etc.)
  • Social Security number and birth date for everyone in the household

In the provision of its services, The Salvation Army does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.

Ways to Support our Location

  • Monetary Donations
  • Volunteer
  • Donations of:
    • Food
    • Movie tickets, kids videos (G rated), gift certificate
    • Disposable diapers, all sizes
    • Personal toiletries, towels
    • Kids' socks, hats and mittens 
    • Gloves for adults and kids
    • Coloring books and crayons 
    • Backpacks for kids 
    • Books
    • Toys for all ages
    • Arts and crafts supplies

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