What does Arlington Life Shelter provide?
Arlington Life Shelter provides a safe place to sleep, eat, wash clothes, and clean up. Arlington Life Shelter does not provide transportation, groceries or clothing, or help paying bills or rent.
Where do I go to check in?
The Resident Entrance is located on the west side of our building, where you'll see a ramp with a deck and benches. Please do not go to the administrative entrance, which faces Division Street.
What time can I come?
4pm - NEW Residents - If you are not currently staying here but would like to get into our program.
5pm - Current Residents - People who are already in our program and have a bed assigned to them.
6pm - Emergency Stays if the weather is bad (if it is very hot or very cold.) Emergency stays are not guaranteed a bed, but space available on couches or the floor is available if the beds are full. The Shelter Coordinator determines if the weather is bad enough for Emergency Stays.
All bed and space assignments are made on a first come, first served basis. We do not hold beds for new residents. However, when you become a resident, we will hold your assigned bed as long as you are in the program.
What do I need to get in?
To check in (also called "intake") you have to have at least ONE of these:
- A driver's license (from any state or country) OR
- A state ID card OR
- A military ID card OR
- A passport (from any country) OR
- A student ID card OR
- A copy of your mugshot if you have ever been arrested in Arlington. You can get a copy of your mugshot from the Arlington Police Department at the corner of Division and Cooper.
Where can I go until check in time?
Unfortunately, we do not have a day shelter. There is a public park behind the shelter that has shaded areas.
Will there be a background check?
Yes, we will do a background check on you.
- If you have a felony conviction of a crime against another person in the past 5 years, you cannot stay here.
- If you have a conviction of any crime against a child at any time, you cannot stay here.
Will there be a drug or alcohol test?
Arlington Life Shelter performs random breathalyzer and urine drug tests. You may be asked to leave if you fail either of these tests.
What may I bring with me?
You will have a small storage locker for your personal belongings.
You may NOT bring:
- Outside food or drinks.
- Guns of any kind, even if you have a permit for it.
You may bring medicines, tools, or knives, but you must allow us to check them in and lock them up overnight. You can have these things back in the morning when you leave.
How long can I stay?
All residents must follow the rules to stay here. When you check in, you will be given a copy of the shelter rules and a list of things you must do to stay here longer.
- At first, you can stay for 3 nights.
- After 3 nights, you will meet with the Shelter Coordinator. If you have done everything that has been asked of you, you might be able to stay in our Employment Program for up to 12 weeks. This program helps you get the skills you need to get a job and get back on your feet.
- If after 3 nights, you have not done the things you are asked to do for that program, you will have to leave.
What about food?
We serve dinner and breakfast to our residents in our dining room. We give you a sack lunch for you to take with you in the morning. We do not provide food for people who are not staying here. What time do I have to leave in the morning?
Residents must leave by 8am. Do I have to take all my things with me every day?
You do not have to take all your belongings with you every day. You may store things in your cubby or locker. You must provide your own lock.
Do you provide transportation? Can you give me a ride to work?
No, we do not provide rides to work. We can assist with getting children to school and back to the shelter after school. My kids aren't old enough for school.
What happens to them?
Your case manager can help you find child care for your children so that you can work. Children cannot stay at the shelter while parents work or leave.
Do I have to pay to stay here?
No. Arlington Life Shelter is free.
Mission & Services
The Arlington Life Shelter provides shelter and support services to help our neighbors who are homeless integrate into society and become self-sufficient, thriving contributors to the community.
Make a Donation
Now more than ever we need your help to continue to fulfill our responsibilities to the men, women and children we serve. We provide keys to success such as food, shelter, health and social services, etc.
To volunteer when the residents are present, volunteers MUST be age 18 or older. This includes food teams serving breakfast or dinner. This is to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of our youngest residents.