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Emergency Shelter Task Force Updates

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Emergency Shelter Task Force Updates

The Emergency Shelter Task Force (“Task Force”) is charged by the Anchorage Assembly with recommending options for emergency shelter for the winter of 2022-2023 (approximately October to April) for adults experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Anchorage. A separate body will address immediate emergency shelter needs and provide updates to the Task Force for awareness and opportunities for alignment.

View past session recordingsagendas, and other updates on the Anchorage Coalition to End Homeless website at https://aceh.org/task-force

Community Housing Event:

Aviator Hotel

Do you provide housing assistance or services to Alaskans at-risk or experiencing homelessness?

Are you able to provide food or donations? Please contact robert.seay@anchorageak.gov

Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness Updates

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

Hud CoC SNOFO Office Hours: Wednesday, September 7th, 3-5 pm

This year, HUD has released the Special Notice of Funding Opportunity to address Unsheltered Homelessness (SNOFO). 
In this meeting, the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) grants staff will provide technical assistance, answer questions, and review due dates.

ACEH will be hosting another Q&A session on 8/7/22. The link for the 8/7 session is the same as the one for today.

Questions can also be submitted to grants@aceh.org
The project application will be available on the website: https://aceh.org/nofo 

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 217 910 836 844

Passcode: KcJXCT

HPRS Advisory Council & All CoC Biannual Meeting Recording

The Advisory Council is comprised of members from the nonprofit, private, and government sectors, relevant organizations, and those representing projects servicing homeless subpopulations and the general community within the Municipality.

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.
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Food Bank of Alaska

The Food Bank of Alaska is to holding three sessions to answer questions or brainstorm ideas for the food bank and food pantry infrastructure grant. The dates, times, and zoom links for those sessions are listed below. The grant guidelines, application, and instructions are open now and can be found at https://foodbankofalaska.org/infrastructuregrant/.

Shiloh Community Housing

Shiloh Community Resource Center Fair

The key objective of the fair is to inspire the community to vote in the November 8, 2022 General Election, provide education on Rank Choice Voting, and showcase the new Community Resource Center currently in development.

The Resource Center is being renovated to become a centralized location where residents can access services and the community can gather.

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

Community Solutions

Fixing systems, not people

Charlottesville is in the “last-mile” of functional zero, a milestone rendering veteran homelessness rare and brief

After returning from the Army, Alexander struggled to maintain consistent employment due to mental health issues that manifested during his service. Fired for taking too many sick days, he struggled to make rent payments and was evicted. 

Because Alexander lives in a city with a well-functioning homeless response system, he is now back in a home. 

Charlottesville, Virginia, is in the “last mile” of reaching functional zero for veterans. The team is focusing on how they can improve the homeless response system itself — not the people having to navigate it. 

As Alexander explains, when you’re homeless, “you feel that somehow it’s your fault, even though it’s the system that created this problem.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

Recap of 8/29 Homelessness & Housing First Webinar

More than 5,500 people registered for the Homelessness and Housing First webinar hosted by NLIHC, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) on August 29! Thank you to all who attended!

The webinar, “Homelessness is a Housing Problem,” began with a presentation by Gregg Colburn, a professor at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. Professor Colburn shared research he conducted with data journalist Clayton Aldern that found that housing market conditions – not mental illness, drug use, poverty, weather, generosity of public assistance, or low income mobility – explain why some communities have higher rates of homelessness than others.
 
Ana Rausch and Jessica Preheim of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County shared how Houston has used Housing First to successfully house 25,000 people experiencing homelessness. Continue Reading…

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