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A vote is a vote: people experiencing homelessness’ voices matter as equally as everyone else’s at the polls.

Weekly Digests

A vote is a vote: people experiencing homelessness’ voices matter as equally as everyone else’s at the polls.

Why is ranked choice voting education important?

Persons experiencing homelessness are focused on acquiring what they need for survival on a day-to-day basis. Actively seeking out information on the new process of ranked choice voting probably will not be on that list. Our goal is to equip direct-service providers to educate their clients on ranked choice voting.

Rank choice voting allows voters to rank candidates in the general election in order of preference, which gives voters more voice in their representation and ensures more candidates win office with majority support.

ACEH is facilitating training for our members and local providers, to equip them to effectively educate houseless individuals on ranked choice voting and their rights.

Please reach out if your organization is interested in training contact ACEH at: hrenfrew@aceh.org

Homeless Prevention & Response System Advisory Council Work Session & Monthly Meeting, May 26th, 2022 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

HPRS Advisory Council meets on the 4th Thursday of every month to discuss relevant Anchorage Continuum of Care initiatives and current events.

A Report will be given by the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness on the following:

  • Government Updates
  • Facilitation Updates
  • Operational Updates

Click here for the full agenda

 The Homeless Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council is the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designated governing body for the Anchorage Continuum of Care (CoC).

Updated Coordinated Entry Access Points

You can find a list of Access Points on our website that individuals and families experiencing homelessness can contact to receive a Coordinated Entry assessment.  

Download the List

Please contact communications@aceh.org if an Access Point needs to be added or removed. We appreciate your help in our efforts to keep this list accurate and up-to-date.

Local Housing & Homelessness Highlights

Inspiring stories from the Anchorage community, news and information about housing and homelessness, and tangible ways you can get involved and help people in need. 

99 Plus 1 Community Engagement Event – Wed. June 8th & Thurs. June 9th, 10 AM-6 PM in the Sullivan Arena Parking Lot

Free services dedicated to those who are at-risk or experiencing homelessness in any shelter or camp.

Who’s Invited: Anchorage partners, businesses, government officials, local workforces,
community volunteers. Come along and PARTICIPATE IN FAIRVIEW CLEAN-UP outreach,
agency booths, activities, donation drive etc.
Where: Sullivan Arena Parking Lot, 1600 Gambell St. Anchorage, AK 99501
Donation Drop-off Location: Front glass doors of the southwest entrance.

For any questions, contact info@99plus1inc.com or 907-342-7437.

Anchorage Daily News

HUD and ACF Announce Funding Opportunities for Youth Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability 

Anchorage has an affordable housing problem. Along with you, I was shocked by the recent ADN article that showed the average housing price in Anchorage as $420,000. The decrease in construction during the pandemic, increases in material costs, and extremely limited housing stock contribute to the high cost of housing in our city. A quick review of online rental platforms, like Zumper and Zillow, reports that the average rent in Anchorage has increased more than 15% this past year alone. With Anchorage rental vacancy rates hovering below 5%, even those who aren’t looking to buy a home are experiencing drastic spikes in the cost of housing. At prices like this, it’s no wonder WalletHub ranked Anchorage 32nd overall, stating we are one of the most expensive places to raise a family. Finding affordable, quality housing is becoming near impossible and everyone is feeling the pinch. More…

Administration and Legislative Drafting Group Mass Care Exit Plan Implementation Status Update 051822

The workgroup is continuing to meet to maintain alignment and progress through implementation of the client / community focused approach for exit from mass care that was unanimously approved by the Mayor and Assembly in AR2021-350. The next meeting is May 26, 2022.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Mass care operations, including care at Sullivan Arena and the one remaining non-congregate shelter in an area hotel, are targeted for closure by June 30.
The following is a high-level summary of the transition plan (as known by the facilitation work group) for moving people out of Sullivan Arena mass care into other locations. This summary represents current actual and known planned moves. ACEH and partners are continuing to work diligently to secure adequate housing for all current mass care residents. There are an additional approximately 199 people currently in non-congregate mass care at an area hotel.

Sullivan Arena occupancy as of May 14: 354

  • Housed (as of May 14): -2
  • Guest House master lease (May 1 – sale closure): -140
  • Sockeye Inn (June 6 – 30): -40
  • Existing HPRS locations: -59
  • Unknown: -2

People remaining at Sullivan on June 30: 144

(if no other housing placements are identified)

Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) Navigation Center CUP Presentation, May 19th, 2022

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD and ACF Announce Funding Opportunities for Youth Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability 

HUD and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced the newly released Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for communities and organizations to build and expand housing and services for youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

In March 2022, HUD released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program NOFO. The goal of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is to support selected communities in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness and sharing that experience with and mobilizing communities around the country toward the same end.

In April 2022, FYSB released four NOFOs to support youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability including:

FY 2022 Street Outreach Program (SOP) NOFO to provide street outreach services to youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability, who have left home, and are sleeping on the street or are at-risk of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)

Preparing for the NOFO with the SYSTEM Series

The 2022 SYSTEM Series is a new collection of webinars, blog posts, and resources designed to help communities build more effective systems to end homelessness.
The updated series addresses emerging priorities in the field, as well as insights on issues and areas the Alliance expects HUD to prioritize in the upcoming NOFO.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

Promoting Housing Stability through Just Cause Eviction Legislation

NLIHC released today a new brief, “Promoting Housing Stability through Just Cause Eviction Legislation.” Just cause – also known as “good cause” or “for cause” – eviction laws are legal protections that make the lease renewal process more predictable, empower tenants to advocate for better living conditions without fear of retaliation, and promote long-term housing stability for low-income and marginalized renters. The new brief overviews the goals of just cause legislation, shares examples of existing just cause protections, and offers recommendations about ways to advance just cause legislation at the local, state, and federal levels.

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Email us at communications@aceh.org

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