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The 2022 Point-in-Time Count has begun!

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The 2022 Point-in-Time Count has begun!

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the collection of Point-in-Time Count (or PIT Count) data for one night each year to assist in measuring the extent of homelessness within Alaska.

This data is later used to advocate for federal and state funding to assist Alaska’s homeless.

ACEH will continue to complete the PIT in partnership with national planning and HUD. A primary goal of ACEH is to improve local data strategy because solving homelessness starts with connecting stakeholders to comprehensive and accurate information about the people being served.

The 2022 PIT Count will continue for the rest of the week, ending on the 28th.

A huge “thank you” to ACEH partners and allies for the support and donations you provided. We appreciate you!

ACEH Updates

The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) works with allies in the community to design, create, and lead implementation for the Anchorage community plan on homelessness.

Coordinated Entry & Shelter

Case Conferencing and Coordinated Entry (CE) Training
Case conferencing meets bi-weekly via Zoom. If you have any questions, or are interested in coordinated entry access point training for you or your team, please contact Mac Lyons at: mlyons@aceh.org

Answering Questions on Homelessness

Bill Falsey, ACEH Board of Directors, answers a commonly asked question “Hasn’t Anchorage received millions of dollars to solve homelessness?”.

“There is a perception in the community that we have spent a tremendous amount of money on homelessness and gotten very little in return, but that is just not true.

Until very recently locally we spent almost nothing on homelessness, and we got is what we paid for. Happily we have started to see more infusions of resources from the federal government, but they’ve been all tied to COVID and they’re going to disappear when COVID leaves. What those monies have been used for are visible things like standing up the Sullivan Arena shelter, and that’s been a very helpful and vital endeavor, but it hasn’t given us new capacity, it hasn’t created a net number of new beds to address the homelessness problem that has grown over the years.”

– Bill Falsey, ACEH Board of Directors

This is video 7 in our series “Answering questions on homelessness, with the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH)”

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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. 

Covenant House Alaska

How you can improve Alaska’s beleaguered human trafficking laws

Working to end human trafficking in Alaska is central to our mission at Covenant House Alaska. Yet, this will likely remain an uphill battle for as long as our laws remain in their current state.

Alaska’s human trafficking laws fail to address the breadth of trafficking crimes committed against children while lacking the nuance to ensure justice and support for survivors. With laws that experts consider to be the worst of any US state, our representatives must make sweeping changes if we are to rid our state of human trafficking.

The Foraker Group

New Report!
ALASKA’S NONPROFIT SECTOR: GENERATING ECONOMIC IMPACT

Alaska’s nonprofits stepped up during the pandemic and the nonprofit sector remains one of the state’s largest employers and revenue generators. In our latest report, we detail how nonprofits are part of everyday life in Alaska and illustrate the ways in which we are a major economic driver, leverage public funds for maximum return, partner with government in delivering essential services, provide community investment and civic engagement, and help stabilize the economy during the pandemic. Learn more

GCI & Shiloh Community Housing Inc (SCHI)

GCI is helping a local nonprofit with its first step in creating a new neighborhood Resource Center in Mountain View aimed at disrupting the cycle of homelessness. The property, located at 3127 Commercial Drive, was used as an equipment storage facility by GCI. GCI’s donation of the building, valued at $860,000, to Shiloh Community Housing Inc. GCI will also include a commitment to provide internet connectivity to the facility and to sponsor internet service for patrons who visit the resource center.

Once completed, the building will be a one-stop shop for Alaskans in the Mountain View neighborhood to get the resources they seek. The Community Resource Center development plan includes providing  an internet café to make service available to those who cannot afford it, a soup and sandwich shop, conference room rentals, physical and mental health services, resources for small business developers to launch their businesses, access to social services, and more. View the full press release here

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

National Council of Nonprofits

The Evolving Legislative Priorities List
After several legislative setbacks, the President and congressional Democratic leaders are adjusting their priorities to focus on what might still be doable. At a news conference last week, President Biden said they would need to break up the Build Back Better Act into smaller pieces in order to “get as much as we can now and fight for the rest later.” He highlighted energy and environmental issues as ones he thinks have the most support. Biden’s comments indicate a change in Democratic strategy. At the end of the week, Speaker Pelosi sent out a “Dear Democratic Colleagues” letter indicating a shift toward upcoming bipartisan legislation. She stressed at the outset that the “House must pass a strong omnibus” appropriations bill covering all discretionary spending for the rest of the fiscal year. The Speaker explained, “This Omnibus … will address critical priorities for our country, including for our national security and for communities at home.” That legislation could be a vehicle for progress on many nonprofit policy priorities. In her letter, Speaker Pelosi also referenced their continuing efforts “to advance the provisions of the Build Back Better Act, including those related to child care and family care, health care, and climate,” as well as community violence prevention initiatives.

National Alliance to End Homelessness

2022 National Conference on Ending Unsheltered Homelessness: Strategies and Policies That Work
The 2022 National Conference on Ending Unsheltered Homelessness: Strategies and Policies That Work is now a virtual conference. The conference will take place February 16—18 from 12:00—5:00 pm ET.
Registration is now open, and will close on February 7, 2022 at 3:00 pm ET.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

NLIHC Releases New Report on Tenant Protections and Emergency Rental Assistance 
The pandemic and resulting historic aid to renters have fundamentally shifted the housing landscape in the United States, in part because state and local jurisdictions across the country have recognized the crucial role tenant protections play in preventing evictions and ensuring housing stability for the most marginalized households. In 2021 alone, states and localities passed or implemented over 130 new laws or policies to protect tenants from eviction and keep them stably housed.

NLIHC released today a new reportTenant Protections and Emergency Rental Assistance during and beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic. The report provides a descriptive analysis of new tenant protections and emergency rental assistance (ERA)-related policies enacted or implemented by states and local governments in 2021. The protections and policies examined in the report include (1) state and local eviction moratoriums, (2) pauses on the eviction process to allow for ERA processing, (3) mandates to increase information about ERA and limit tenant fees, (4) increases to tenant representation during the eviction process and (5) protections that reduce discrimination and promote housing stability.

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Email us at communications@aceh.org

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