10 years of Community Solutions!
The next mobile vaccination clinic with Visit Healthcare is TBD as vaccination and testing clinics are currently on hold.
Reminder: The next Outreach Meeting is scheduled for today – Wednesday, August 4th at 10 AM.
Celebrating 10 Years of Community Solutions!
ACEH, in partnership with Community Solutions and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has joined over 80 other communities across the United States in the Built for Zero (BFZ) movement. Built for Zero seeks to measurably end homelessness by ensuring that a community has the capacity to meet demand for services and uses data to inform strategy, service provision and policy. Built for Zero has helped 14 communities functionally end homelessness for a population. It starts with knowing every individual who is experiencing homelessness in our community. ACEH is proud that it has met all criteria for a quality By Name List (BNL). It can take years to achieve, and Anchorage is the first to do so for every subpopulation simultaneously. The BNL forms the backbone of the data dashboard.
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Updates
USICH Releases Step-by-Step Guide for People At Risk of Eviction
Federal Eviction Moratorium Expires This Week
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) published a comprehensive step-by-step guide to prevent people at risk of eviction from losing their homes.
The federal eviction moratorium expires this week, July 31, and according to the latest Household Pulse Survey, more than 3.5 million renters are very or somewhat likely to be evicted this summer.
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) Updates
New NLIHC Report Examines How ERA Programs Implement Direct-to-Tenant Payments
A new NLIHC report, Direct-to-Tenant Payment Implementation: Increasing Flexibility and Equity in Emergency Rental Assistance Programs, outlines why direct-to-tenant payments are needed in emergency rental assistance (ERA) programs and how program administrators can implement this feature.
The report recommends that programs implement low-barrier, direct-to-tenant assistance with minimal additional documentation requirements, and that programs make clear in their public-facing materials and outreach that direct-to-tenant assistance is available. Programs should also pair direct-to-tenant assistance with housing stability services to ensure tenants can remain stably housed after they receive payment, even if landlords act in bad faith.
End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE)
NLIHC announced the End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE) Webinar Series. This three-part series (July 28, August 4, and August 11 from 3-4:30 pm ET) will provide emergency rental assistance (ERA) program administrators, state and local partners, and community stakeholders with tools and best practices to ensure that ERA reaches households experiencing the worst impacts of the pandemic—including households of color, people with disabilities, and immigrant communities—in time to prevent housing loss and eviction.
Register for the webinar series here.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Updates
HUD Releases Notice of Funding Opportunity for Eviction Prevention Program
HUD released a notice of funding opportunity on July 20 for the Eviction Protection Grant Program. The program will provide $20 million in financial support to experienced legal service providers across the country to provide free legal assistance to low-income tenants facing eviction. This grant program helps individuals and families, including people of color, people with limited English proficiency, and people with disabilities—all of whom disproportionately face eviction—avoid eviction or minimize the disruption and damage caused by the eviction process.
Waivers and Alternative Requirements for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program Under the CARES Act
This Notice supersedes Notice CPD-20-08, published on September 1, 2020, and reestablishes the allocation formula and amounts and reestablishes and announces new requirements for the$3.96 billion in funding provided for the Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). These ESG-CV funds must be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus. Requirements at 24 CFR Part 576 will apply to the use of these funds, unless otherwise provided by the alternative requirements and flexibilities established under the CARES Act, this Notice, or subsequent waivers, amendments, or replacements to this Notice. HUD may reassess any waivers established under this Notice prior to September 30, 2022.
COVID-19 Resource Digest for Homeless Providers – July 27, 2021
This digest contains recently published resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and its national, state, and local partners.
Case Conferencing and Coordinated Entry (CE) Training
What is CE? CE is a triage process to connect individuals experiencing homelessness to necessary resources. It is a federally mandated program that recognizes communities rarely have enough resources. There are three main goals of CE: prioritize the most vulnerable, streamline the experience for providers and unsheltered people, and provide data to inform decisions regarding the structure of and need for services.
View the updated CE Access Points list on our website.
Thank you to all those who have answered the call and signed up to assemble outreach item kits for our unsheltered neighbors. These kits include cold-weather items and other essentials for individuals sleeping outside during this harsh winter weather.
At the Tuesday, November 22nd meeting of the Anchorage Assembly, a unified proposal for alcohol tax funding was passed.
The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides support through the Continuum of Care (CoC) to different types of housing programs. As the designated CoC lead, the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness monitors the performance of these programs to understand how housing interventions function in Anchorage.