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Meg Zaletel, ACEH Executive Director talks about homelessness & housing on Talk of Alaska

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Volunteers hard at work assembling kits, Monday, December 28th.

Meg Zaletel, ACEH Executive Director talks about homelessness & housing on Talk of Alaska

Lori Townsend with Talk of Alaska, Alaska Public Media, hosted the discussion “How Homelessness is a Statewide Issue” with guests Brian Wilson, Executive Director with Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness , Meg Zaletel, Executive Director with ACEH, and Eileen Arnold, Executive Director with Tundra Women’s Coalition.

If you missed the broadcast you can listen to the recording here: AlskaPublic.org

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Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness Highlights

Pet Donations

ACEH is asking for donations for our clients’ loyal companions this holiday season. 

  • Treats
  • Pet toys
  • Doggy bags
  • Leashes
  • Etc.!

Donations can be dropped off from 9am-4pm, Mon/Tues/Thurs at our office, 3427 East Tudor Road, Suite A.

Please send donation related questions to outreach@aceh.org.

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.

RurAL CAP
 

RurAL CAP is asking our community to bring holiday cheer to Sitka Place Permanent Supportive Housing clients! Please help us share this opportunity on your social media channels to reach their goal of $540 by December 16 at noon to spread joy this holiday season! Click here to give

Letters to the Editor: Anchorage Daily News
“Don’t look down on homeless people”

By Jarona Edison, Published: November 23, 2022

“I have a little bone to pick with society, especially here in Alaska: What happened to you, as a loving, caring, giving and understanding people? That helped, loved and cared for all? You sit here high and mighty, over and above everyone, throw dirt, shame, guilt, put down and make fun of the homeless. I used to be homeless for 20 years but am currently in a motel. I cannot and will not tolerate this type of bullying any longer.

I still consider myself homeless; we have feelings and we still have hope, even if it’s just a tiny drop. Has it ever occurred to you in “higher class” society that we have unhealed trauma — from you, from family, from supposed friends? Has it occurred to you that with you all putting us down, treating us like we’re animals, talking to us like we’re nothing, keeping us in this low self-worth state — that it is you who help keep us here? Your off-the-wall remarks and judgment need to be reevaluated.

We are the ones who take the brunt of all your failures and mistakes; we are the ones who carry your burdens. And, yet, we are looked at as the animals.

Not a single one of you in “higher class” society can spend one night out here and still hold your head up high. Has it occurred to you as a society that we want to be heard, to be seen? We, as a human race, all have unhealed trauma. We are one race, one entity. Listen to “Imagine” and tell me how you feel afterward. Because I believe in God, the many blessings He gives us daily and I believe in miracles.”

— Jarona J. Edison

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

Community Solutions
 

Proof that homelessness is solvable

Built for Zero leaders reflect on building a shared vision, the journey to functional zero — and all the milestones in between.

When communities join Built for Zero, they’re on a mission: building a future where homelessness is rare and brief. Hear from community leaders as they share how they put that into action and what keeps them motivated.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Upcoming Training Opportunities: Introducing System Modeling with Stella M 

This Webinar will address what system modeling is and share a case study of a community that used system modeling to create a roadmap to reducing family homelessness, guide investment decisions, and create a more effective homeless response system. The webinar will provide an overview of the key steps in the system modeling process and what tools are available to communities to help with system modeling, including The System Modeling Toolkit and Stella M. 
The same content will be offered twice to increase opportunities for communities to participate. The Webinar will also be recorded and published on the HUD Exchange. 

Date and Time:  
Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 2:30 PM EST (90 minutes) 
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Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 3:30 PM EST (90 minutes) 
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Training Objectives 
Attendees of this webinar will: 

  1. Understand what system modeling is and how it can help communities 
  2. Be familiar with the key steps of system modeling and the System Modeling Toolkit 
  3. Know what Stella Modeling (Stella M) is and understand how it supports system modeling 

Who Should Attend? 

This webinar is intended for Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) recipients, persons with lived experience and expertise of homelessness, and other partners in the homeless response system who are interested in learning more about system modeling and Stella Modeling (Stella M). Please share the opportunity with your local partners. 

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)
 

HUD and the Alliance Want Your Feedback on Homelessness Data

HUD is seeking feedback to its proposed changes to how data is gathered on client race, ethnicity, and gender.
To help with the process, the Alliance developed surveys to be taken by providers and people experiencing homelessness.
It’s not too late to participate. Learn how to contribute to the survey efforts before the project closes on December 31.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
 

Join NLIHC, NAEH, and CBPP Webinar on Homelessness and Housing First on December 12!

Recognizing that families and employers alike need adequate, available, and accessible child care options, multiple states enacted legislation this year to address shortages and promote a wide range of solutions. New York established a $100 million grant program to build and expand child care capacity in areas with the least supply, known as child care deserts. West Virginia created a tax credit up to 50% of the cost for qualified child care properties and a separate tax credit equal to 50% of the cost of operation for an employer that provides or sponsors child care for employees. The law further permits the credit to be transferable for nonprofit organizations.

Other focus areas include government grants and contracts, matching fund support, and direct payments to affected workers. The District of Columbia established a grant program for pay parity for early childhood educators with the intent to send direct payments of $10,000 per eligible childcare workers. Kentucky established the Employee Child-Care Assistance Partnership to create a revolving fund for employers to contribute and the state to match up to 100% of contributions for employers to voluntarily create and apply for child-care assistance programs. Minnesota expressly included child care workers, as well as employees of home and long-term care facilities, in a program to provide $1,500 pandemic-related hazard pay. New Mexico waived copays for families in its Child Care Assistance Program, and the state expanded eligibility to include families earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level.

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