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ACEH Weekly Digest: 10/20/2021

ACEH Weekly Digest

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Town Hall on Mass Care Exit Strategy

Wednesday October 20, 2021 6:00-7:30PM
Wilda Marston Theater at the Loussac Library


The Bronson Administration and the Legislative Drafting Group invite you to share your thoughts on the proposed Mass Care exit strategy and long-term intervention.


The strategy involves housing, transitional housing, supportive housing, treatment and navigation centers among other initiatives. It calls for a “no wrong door” approach with services tailored to individual needs. 

More information about the plan can be found in the handouts from the Oct 5th Committee on Housing and Homelessness meeting.

View the town hall public notice here

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ACEH Updates

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

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ACEH Endorses the Mass Care Exit Strategy

The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) Board of Directors and Homeless Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council would like to recognize the collaboration and hard work of the mass care facilitation group consisting of representatives from the Bronson Administration and the Anchorage Assembly. We are grateful for their clear commitment to collaboration and for identifying a path forward for our vulnerable neighbors utilizing mass care services. We look forward to continuing our partnership with city government as the effort to stand down mass care continues. 

The ACEH Board of Directors and HPRS Advisory Council support the proposed Mass Care Exit Strategy as released to the public on 10/6/21 and presented to both governance groups on 10/15/2021. The proposed strategy: 

a)    Aligns with Anchored Home, the Anchorage community plan to solve homelessness, and emphasizes continued collaboration with government, philanthropic, private and public sector partners;
b)    Emphasizes a continuum of housing and services which is critical to end the experience of homelessness while also accounting for required city safety net shelter services;
c)    Commits to simultaneously increasing housing and shelter capacity through the five different interventions (medical convalescence facility, single adult shelter, special populations shelter, substance misuse treatment and housing project, workforce and supportive housing initiatives) as increasing shelter alone does not provide a solution to homelessness; 
d)    Focuses on the growing demand of adults experiencing homelessness. Since 2007, single adult homelessness has been the largest unmet need in Alaska and this need has grown significantly during, and as the result of, the economic impacts of COVID-19 in our community;
e)    Addresses unique needs among adults experiencing homelessness as this is not a homogenous group of individuals but a group of people with unique physical, emotional, and cultural strengths and needs. The proposed strategy increases capacity to serve elders, those who are medically fragile, those who need additional substance misuse support, LGBTQI+ individuals and other distinct populations;
f)    Limits shelter capacity to 200 at any location which creates better environments for individuals in need of services and reduces community impacts on local neighborhoods by spreading services more broadly across Anchorage;
g)    Does not reduce funding or divert funding away from other critical community initiatives addressing family, youth and young adult, veteran homelessness or the many important efforts to address food security, domestic violence and other community needs. 

We recognize that this proposed Mass Care Exit Strategy is still working through the public process and that many details are not yet finalized. ACEH looks forward to reviewing location capacity and financing information for capital investments, short and long-term operating investments in the coming weeks. We also look forward to the implementation specifics needed to make these programs successful for our community including programming designed with and for our diverse individuals experiencing homelessness. ACEH remains committed to partnering with the Anchorage community and the city in the work to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time.  

Nathan Johnson, Chair, ACEH Board of Directors

Jessica Parks, Chair, HPRS Advisory Council

Outreach & Resources

Reminder: The next Outreach Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3 at 10 AM.

Please reach out with any questions or comments: jrutz@aceh.org 907-312-9478

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. View ACEH Members

Partner Wishlists

Partner Wish Lists:

AWAIC Amazon Wishlist

Bedding for Clare House

Reach out if you would like us to share your organization’s wish list!

Covenant House Alaska

Covenant House announced the Sleep Out Kickoff event on Wed., Oct. 27 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center from 5:30 – 7 p.m. where Governor Walker will be in attendance and sharing his vision for our community and young people experiencing homelessness. You won’t want to miss out!
 
RSVP today by emailing cbenjamin@covenanthouseak.org
 
If you haven’t already, Register today for Sleep Out! 

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)

Transforming Organizational Practice With a Racial Equity Lens

While many organizations recognize the value of “diversity” and “inclusion,” genuine racial equity requires a structural transformation that goes beyond surface level policies. We cannot only invite BIPOC folks to the table, instead we need to ensure the table is co-developed and that power is distributed equitably.

View full memo here

We Want to Hear From You

If you have thoughts or suggestions, reach out and send us a message. Please let us know what you think.

Email us at communications@aceh.org

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