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ACEH Weekly Digest: 9/22/2021

ACEH Weekly Digest

Spotlight

Healthcare workers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, they go above and beyond to keep our community safe.

They help people experiencing homelessness stay safe through testing sites, providing vaccinations and working with partners to meet people where they are. The last year has been challenging in ways that are hard to comprehend and ACEH appreciates all that healthcare workers have done.

Thank you, our work is possible because of caregivers like you.

Local Housing & Homelessness News & Updates

Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH)

Family Emergency Shelter Update

Families that are unsheltered are encouraged to call 2-1-1. From there they will be given a referral to either Safe Harbor or Clare House depending on vacancies. If those are filled the family will get a referral to the Aviator Hotel.

We know that this is not ideal, but it is a temporary solution to help families in need.

Please reach out with any questions or comments: mlyons@aceh.org 907-306-5918

FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

ACEH is the HUD designated Continuum of Care (CoC) for the Municipality of Anchorage. Each year ACEH coordinates the submission of project and collaborative applications to fund organizational and partner programs through a competitive grant process. These grants fund the permanent and temporary housing programs in Anchorage and the coordination work done by ACEH to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; support existing projects through renewal applications; and provide an opportunity to non-profits to request funding for new projects. We affectionately call this HUD Notification of Funding Opportunities process.

View NOFO details and helpful documents here

Please reach out with any questions or comments: grants@aceh.org 

Homeless Prevention & Response System Advisory Council Monthly Meeting

Special Presentation on Emergency Rental Assistance and Evictions, by Helen Renfrew, ACEH Program & Grants Manager

9/23/2021 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Click to Join: Zoom Video Conference (please be sure to update your name when you join)

View meeting details and agenda here

Outreach Update

This Friday, September 24, VISIT Healthcare will be hosting a free vaccination clinic for unsheltered individuals from 1-2 PM at the Web.  Outreach workers will be on site to offer resources and services.

Reminder: The next Outreach Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 22nd at 10 AM.

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

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC)

Emergency Rent Relief Continues for Alaskans

A recent Wall Street Journal report showed that Alaska, via Alaska Housing Rent Relief, is among the top five states in the nation in delivery of funds, with payments going directly to landlords and utility companies. Alaska renters were among the first to be approved for assistance.

To date, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, collaborating with its trusted statewide partners, has distributed more than $120 million in federal rent relief funds to landlords and utility companies to the benefit of more than 50,000 Alaska residents.

Despite these successes, many Alaska renters continue to experience financial hardships related to the pandemic. For Alaska renters currently facing these anxieties, a new Rent Relief application window opened Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2021 and will close Oct. 1, 2021. An online eligibility checker at AlaskaHousingRelief.org streamlines the process and makes it easy to quickly verify eligibility and apply for payments to be issued to landlords. 

Check eligibility here

Covenant House Alaska

Four Ways to Help in September!

Split-the-Pot Raffle: Tickets will be sold until Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm AK . The draw will be made Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 1:00 pm AK. There will be one winning ticket. Winners need not be present to win. 

Purchase tickets here.

Partnership at CARRS: For the month of September, we are the benefitting non-profit at CARRS grocery stores! At check-out, let your cashier know that you’d like to make a donation. Shop at the following locations: 

  • 2920 Seward Hwy
  • 1650 West Northern Lights Blvd
  • 7731 East Northern Lights Blvd
  • 11409 Business Park Blvd (Eagle River)
  • 5600 Debarr Rd
  • 4000 West Dimond Blvd
  • 7731 East Northern Lights Blvd
  • 1725 Abbott Rd

Warm Clothes In-Kind Donations: Summer is drawing to a close. With another Alaskan winter creeping up on us, Covenant House is looking to stock up on hoodies, sweat pants, gloves and other warm clothes for our youth. We accept in-kind donations 24/7 at our Youth Engagement Center at 755 A Street. More information is available here. Willing to do a drive for these items? Contact development@covenanthouseak.org

Amazon Wish List: Our Amazon Wish List lets you donate the items we need at Covenant House Alaska from the comfort of your living room! Browse their list here.

Houseless Resources Advocacy Council (HRAC)

HRAC Urges those with lived experience to apply to the Houseless Lived Experience Advisory Board (HLEAB)

The Mayor’s Administration has added the HLEAB to the Muni’s list of Boards and Commissions Application Form. Find the “Houseless Lived Experience Advisory Board” in the dropdown menu at the top of the form to start the process. Please let us know that you have applied.

Apply here

Municipality of Anchorage (MOA)

Anchorage launches new bus route to Loussac Library

Riders travel free during route’s first week

The Municipality of Anchorage is excited to announce a new People Mover bus route to the Loussac Library. Route 85 starts on Monday. It will connect downtown, West Anchorage, the Dimond Center and the library. 

On weekdays, service will start at 6 a.m. and run until midnight. On weekends, the hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In celebration of the new route, People Mover and the Loussac Library invite the community to a bus parade and Virtual Storytimes on Saturday, Sept. 18.

In addition, riders can travel for free on Route 85 during its first week (9/20-9/26).

Full press release here

Institute for Community Alliances (ICA) – Alaska

2022 HMIS Data Standards Updates

In May 2021 HUD released the 2022 HMIS Data Standards, which includes – but is not limited to – updates to the Universal, Common, Federal Partner, and Coordinated Entry data elements. ICA has reviewed the guidance from HUD and the AKHMIS software vendor. Recorded training sessions and materials will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Click the link below to review a table of some of the elements that will be updated in the newest iteration of the HMIS Data Standards.

2022 Data Standards Updates Overview

National Housing & Homelessness News & Updates

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Explore e-snaps 101 and 201 Toolkits

 

The FY 2021 CoC Program competition is underway. Organizations are in varying stages of accessing e-snaps and working on applications. The HUD Exchange e-snaps resources page has two Toolkits that assist Collaborative Applicants and project applicants in mastering e-snaps.

Explore the resources available in the e-snaps 101 Toolkit.

Explore the resources available in the e-snaps 201 Toolkit.

U. S. Interagency Council on Homelessness & Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

 

USICH, HUD Launch House America Initiative to Address Homelessness Crisis

 

House America leverages American Rescue Plan and other federal resources to immediately re-house and build additional housing for people experiencing homelessness.

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge, who serves as chair of the USICH, joined Biden administration officials, Cabinet members, and elected officials to launch House America: An All-Hands-On-Deck Effort to Address the Nation’s Homelessness Crisis. 

House America is a national partnership in which HUD and USICH invite mayors, county leaders, Tribal nation leaders, and governors to use the historic investments provided through the American Rescue Plan to address the crisis of homelessness through a Housing First approach by immediately re-housing and building additional housing for people experiencing homelessness.  

View this news here

Case Conferencing and Coordinated Entry (CE) Training

If you have any questions about these meetings or are interested in coordinated entry access point training for you or your team, please contact Mac Lyons at: mlyons@aceh.org

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

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