Homeless Prevention & Response System Advisory Council Work Session & Monthly Meeting – 03/24/2022



Homeless Prevention & Response System Advisory Council Work Session & Monthly Meeting – 03/24/2022

HPRS Advisory Council meets on the 4th Thursday of every month to discuss relevant Anchorage Continuum of Care initiatives and current events.

Special Presentation on the Facilitated Process & Mass Care Exit at 4:20 pm.
– Given by Meg Zaletel, ACEH Interim Executive Director, and Celia MacLeod, ACEH Director of Programs & Services

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The Homeless Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council is the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designated governing body for the Anchorage Continuum of Care (CoC).

ACEH Updates

The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designated lead for the Anchorage Continuum of Care (CoC).

Implementation of the Mass Care Exit Strategy Update -03/16/2022

Provided by the Facilitated Workgroup on March 17, 2022. 

Implementation Status Update 031622
The workgroup is continuing to meet to maintain alignment and progress through implementation of the client / community focused approach for exit from mass care that was unanimously approved by the Mayor and Assembly in AR2021-350. A communications specialist will be joining the facilitated workgroup to support proactive communications with the community about the mass care exit activities. The next meeting is March 23, 2022.

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:

Cots & Art Supplies Needed at Sullivan!

Please coordinate Sullivan donations with Hannah Ferguson, Assistant Director.


Other Giving Opportunities

Anchorage Behavioral Health

2022 Peer Support Training
If you have experienced homelessness and would like to use your story to empower others, check out Alaska Behavioral Health classes! You can find their 2022 Peer Support Training schedule here.

Alaska Public Media

Millions of children will miss healthy school meals when pandemic relief expires.

As schools try to return to many pre-pandemic operations, feeding children remains a struggle, according to a survey of school nutrition leaders.

Catholic Social Services (CSS)

CSS Reflecting on the Crisis in Ukraine

“RAIS has been serving Ukrainian refugees for more than 40 years, and we continue to help Ukrainian families start new lives in Alaska. Our entire agency has watched with horror and heartbreak as we witness the needless loss of life and home for our neighbors across the world.

Because of how recently this conflict in Ukraine unfolded, there are not yet any new arrivals here in Alaska who are fleeing the current crisis. However, we do anticipate an influx of new arrivals from Ukraine and Russia, where many flee for political reasons, in as little as 6 months and possibly for the next several years. The RAIS team is also working with our current Ukrainian and Russian clients to help guide them through process of bringing any friends and family here to Alaska through the resettlement process.”

Food Bank of Alaska

Pandemic-EBT Coming Soon to Anchorage

The Pandemic – Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program is additional money for families to buy food due to COVID-19 related school closures. P-EBT is a federal program administered by the State of Alaska. Want to see if you qualify for P-EBT and get an estimate of the benefits you may receive? Click the Eligibility and Benefit Calculator button below!

Learn more about the P-EBT Program here

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Alaska

Registrations are open for NAMI Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free mental health, wellness and recovery program open to any adult (18+) experiencing a mental health challenge – no official diagnosis required!
Each class is led by trained NAMI mentors who have lived with mental illness and can understand and teach about mental health recovery. This course is a valuable resource that will help you uncover what living well looks like for YOU. With new knowledge, tools and support, you can better take charge of your life and choices.
The 8-week course will be held Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 PM beginning April 6th in Anchorage. Participants are expected to attend each class as each class session builds on the knowledge of previous classes. All class materials are provided.

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Please Note: Every ACEH CoC partner who receives or wish to apply for a grant or grants from HUD during the CoC NOFO cycle needs to update their organizational profile in esnaps. If you have any questions please contact Helen at hrenfrew@aceh.org

CoC and YHDP Recipient and Applicant Transition to UEI – March 29, 2022
On April 4, 2022, the U.S. Government will transition from using the Dun & Bradstreet data universal numbering system (DUNS) to the new government-issued Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) as a means of entity identification for federal awards. Entities must be registered in SAM.gov to qualify for federal awards, which are reported to the public through USASpending.gov. For more information, visit the DUNS to UEI (SAM) Transition pageeLOCCS users were made aware of this change via email on February 23, 2022.

If you have a SAM.gov registration, active or inactive, you have already been assigned a UEI which you will see on your entity’s registration record in SAM.gov. The UEI must also be listed on all federal grant agreements. To ensure your UEI is on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Continuum of Care (CoC) grant agreements and FY 2019 and 2020 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) grant agreements, you must update your organization’s Project Applicant profile in e-snaps on or before March 29, 2022. If the UEI is current in your e-snaps profile, it will populate on the grant agreement.

All organizations that receive federal funds, including CoC and YHDP Program funds, must maintain an active SAM registration with current information while they have an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD. SAM.gov registrations must be updated annually.

For assistance with the e-snaps update, view the Update the Applicant Profile in Edit-Mode resource. This document walks through how to place an organization’s Applicant Profile in edit mode so the UEI can be entered and then how the Applicant Profile can be placed in complete mode.

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NEAH)

Alliance Releases New Rapid Re-Housing Toolkit

The Alliance has just released an updated version of its Rapid Re-Housing Toolkit. The toolkit provides new insights, guidance, and reference materials to demonstrate the core components of Rapid Re-Housing (RRH): housing identification; rent and move-in assistance; and case management and services.

Providers; funders, state leaders, and coalitions; and Continuums of Care (CoCs) can use the Rapid Re-Housing Toolkit to deepen their understanding of RRH and integrate these best practices into their communities.

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH )

The 1-Year Impact of the American Rescue Plan’s Emergency Rental Assistance

The American Rescue Plan’s emergency rental assistance has played a key role in preventing evictions and homelessness.

We Want to Hear From You

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Email us at communications@aceh.org

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