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ACEH Update on the Housing Surge & Shelter Stabilization Initiative

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ACEH Update on the Housing Surge & Shelter Stabilization Initiative

Terria Ware, ACEH Systems Improvement Administrator, presented this update on the current initiative at the Anchorage Assembly Committee On Housing And Homelessness, on January 19, 2022.

View the presentation on the ACEH YouTube or view the slides here: Housing Surge & Shelter Stabilization Initiative Slides

ACEH will be sharing updates on the Housing Surge & Shelter Stabilization Initiative as details develop. Please contact Terria for the most updated information: tware@aceh.org 

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.

December 2021 Data

Individuals housed: 80
Individuals new to homelessness: 211
Total individuals experiencing homelessness: 2,946

View the full Data Dashboard

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

Point-in-Time (PIT) Count

The annual Point in Time Count was conducted last week starting Tuesday, January 25thThank you to our partners at RurAL CAP and CHOICES for participating along with ACEH in locating our unsheltered neighbors throughout the entire municipality. Data collected will be entered this week and will be shared out in the next few months. Please reach out with any questions to Dakota: dorm@aceh.org.
 
A special thank you to the many community members and local organizations that donated lifesaving items to give out during our count. We were able to hand out over 120 bags filled with hygiene supplies, food, and warm clothing to those who need it most.

Answering Questions on Homelessness

Julia Terry, ACEH Advisory Council Member, answers the final question in our video series “Answering questions on homelessness, with ACEH“.

This extremely relevant question is “What is the solution to ending homelessness short and long term?

Please share, and subscribe to our channel for future videos and updates!

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. 

Giving & Volunteer Opportunities:

AWAIC’s Current Needs
Choosing Our Roots Wishlist

*Please check member websites for donation instructions, i.e. appointment only, drop-off times, etc.

Other Giving Opportunities

Alaska Legal Services

SNAP Emergency Allotments Extended
Due to the pandemic, Alaska has extended the emergency allotment for SNAP benefits. This means SNAP households should be receiving the maximum level of benefits, regardless of income. Need help getting your full benefits? Call Alaska Legal Services Corporation intake line at 1-888-478-2572.

Alaska Public Media

Anchorage is clearing homeless camps in midwinter for the first time, raising concerns from advocates
“The program has existed for years in the summer, but starting in late December, for the first time Anchorage started abating homeless camps on public property during the winter months. The Parks and Rec Department says it’s cleared more than 50 camps since Dec. 22.” View the full article here.

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

COVID-19 Resource Digest for Homeless Providers – January 25, 2022
The emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) calls for enhanced cooperation between public health authorities, homeless service systems, and other partners at the local level. To support these partnerships and the vulnerable households served, HUD and its partners are issuing guidance from subject matter experts on best practices and lessons learned.
This digest contains recently published resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and its national, state, and local partners.

New Resource:
Updated: Carrying Out Coordinated Entry Activities Under the ESG Program

National Alliance to End Homelessness

USICH Releases Omicron Guidance
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) recently released guidance on serving people experiencing homelessness during the Omicron COVID-19 surge. The document was developed in collaboration with CDC, VA, HHS, and HUD, and includes guidance on five main areas: ensuring quarantine and isolation spaces, conducting routine testing, supporting vaccination efforts, implementing protocols for mitigating COVID-19, and avoiding displacement of unsheltered people.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

LaToya Ruby Frazier to be Featured at NLIHC Virtual Housing Policy Forum 2022, March 22-23!
NLIHC’s Virtual Housing Policy Forum 2022: Achieving Housing Justice, taking place March 22-23, 2022, 12:30-5:30 pm ET on March 22 and 1-5:30 pm ET on March 23, will feature a conversation between acclaimed MacArthur “Genius” photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier and NLIHC Senior Vice President for Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Renee Willis on “The Human Toll of Housing and Economic Injustice.”

Throughout her brilliant and impactful body of work, LaToya Ruby Frazier depicts America’s current reality of poverty, racism, healthcare inequality, urban decay, housing injustice, environmental toxicity, and unravelling civic connections and features perspectives traditionally erased from the U.S. narrative. LaToya will discuss the value of collaboration—with individuals, families, and communities—in creating social change. While mass media often silences marginalized communities, there are ways to engage these communities to amplify their voices and come together with renewed agency. Through art, activism, and grassroots action, LaToya inspires advocates to use digital technology and storytelling to foster empathy, connection, and understanding. Register today to attend the Forum.

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH )

Federal Health and Social Service Programs That Support People Experiencing Homelessness
Need help identifying and accessing federal non-emergency health and social service funding to meet the short- and long-term needs of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness?
 
This new tool lists the relevant programs in the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department and in the following Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies:

  • Administration for Children and Families
  • Administration for Community Living
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Food and Nutrition Service
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Indian Health Services
  • Program Support Center
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 
The tool breaks down the following information for each program:

  • Populations served
  • Allowable uses
  • Patient access or program duration
  • Number of participants served
  • Geographic reach
  • Funding and operating mechanisms

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