Housing First is the most effective approach


The research is irrefutable: Housing First is the most effective approach for ending homelessness for most individuals and families.

Housing First is a bipartisan, evidence-based practice backed by multiple, national studies. The Housing First approach has garnered strong bipartisan support for decades. It has been embraced by the George W. Bush, Obama, and Biden administrations, including the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). It has also been adopted by many state and local elected officials who have seen Housing First work in their communities.


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AWAIC Community Donation Drive

Drop off winter gear listed the week of September 19 – 23 from 8AM – 5PM at AWAIC, no appointment needed! Items must be new and unopened, accepting all sizes, all ages, and all genders.

  • Gloves

  • Leggings

  • Thermals

  • Underwear

  • Bras

  • Socks

  • Toothbrushes

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Tampons / Pads

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

Homeless Prevention & Response System Capacity Map

This database of shelters and programs is updated twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please reach out to communications@aceh.org if you are a service provider and need to be added to these updates.

View: HPRS Capacity Map
View: HPRS Capacity Map Archives

AK-500 Anchorage Continuum of Care (CoC), FY2022 NOFO Priority List

The Anchorage CoC Review and Rank Committee has approved the FY22 CoC NOFO funding recommendations. HUD requires that the Project Prioritization List, which can be found below, is publicly posted.

For agencies whose projects will be moving forward in this process, please submit your applications in e-snaps by end of day on September 21, 2022. Links to the e-snaps Project Applications Detailed Instructions and the e-snaps Navigation Guidance can be found in the Resources section of this page. Stay tuned for notification of ACEH-led e-snaps technical assistance sessions.

We would like to thank all of the organizations that submitted applications for this limited funding cycle. If you have any questions regarding the funding recommendations, please contact us at grants@aceh.org.


Scores Funding Request Running Total
1 CoC HMIS, Renewal accepted $175,994 $175,994 Tier 1
2 CoC Coordinated Entry, Renewal accepted $77,600 $253,594 Tier 1
3 Volunteers of American of Alaska, PSH2 Renewal 93.1 $400,000 $653,594 Tier 1
4 Covenant House Alaska – Transition to TH/RRH 91.6 $107,938 $761,532 Tier 1
5 Anchorage Housing Initiatives CHP, PSH Renewal 88.2 $132,115 $893,647 Tier 1
6 Volunteers of American of Alaska, PSH Expansion 85.8 $182,431 $1,076,078 Tier 1
7 RurAL CAP 325, PSH Renewal 84.0 $542,530 $1,618,608 Tier 1
8 NeighborWorks Alaska SRA, PSH Renewal 78.3 $649,450 $2,268,058 Tier 1
9 AWAIC DV Bonus 76.9 $181,307 $2,449,365 Tier 1
10 NeighborWorks Alaska Rise, PSH Renewal 70.3 $312,692 $2,762,057 Tier 1
11 NeighborWorks Alaska Rise, PSH Renewal 70.3 $498,627 $3,260,684 Tier 2

Alaska Continuum of Care Strategic Plan for Serving Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness with Severe Service Needs Draft

The following items are included in the drafted plan:

  • Leveraging Housing Resources
  • Leveraging Healthcare Resources
  • CoC’s Current Strategy to Identify, Shelter, and House Individuals and Families Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness
  • Updating the CoCs Strategy to Identify, Shelter, and House Individuals Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness with Data and Performance
  • Identifying and Prioritizing Households Experiencing or with Histories of Unsheltered Homelessness
  • Involving Individuals with Lived Experience of Homelessness in Decision Making
  • Supporting Underserved Communities and Supporting Equitable Community Development

Alaska Housing & Homelessness Gubernatorial Town Hall.

Public participation is encouraged through the question submission form. View here.
Come and listen to the candidates talk about how they would address housing and homelessness issues.

What: A town hall focused on housing and homelessness for candidates in the upcoming gubernatorial election.
When: October 7th, 6-7:30 pm
Where: To be live-streamed over YouTube and Facebook.

Hosted by the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness and the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, and moderated by Anne Hillman.

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.
View ACEH Members

Prevention Now & Data for Indigenous Justice

Alaska Human Trafficking Data Summit

Building Partnerships and Driving Change

September 23, 2022 8am-4:30pm


Prevention Now is hosting this one-day Anti-Human Trafficking Summit in Anchorage, Alaska to bring together stakeholders from across the state to hear from local organizations and lived experienced experts on the realities of human trafficking in Alaska, the challenges of collecting human trafficking data, and the possibilities of using data to drive change.

Ride My Road 501 (c) 3 is the Event Coordinator.

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center

Community-Level Steps for Cross-Sector Collaboration to Increase Housing Opportunity


September 22, 2022 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


New Resource: Eviction Prevention for Continuums of Care

This document is intended to serve as a guide for how Continuums of Care can implement eviction prevention strategies for individuals and families in need.

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)

Addressing Rural and Unsheltered Homelessness


In this webinar, experts will explain how local rural housing organizations can apply for and use new funding resources, and how they can work with Continuums of Care and Public Housing Authorities in the process.

Thursday, September 15 @ 3:00 P.M. ET

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

Study Finds Providing Legal Information to Tenants Facing Eviction Decreased Unfavorable Eviction Outcomes

A new study from researchers at Tulane University and Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, “Eviction Court Outcomes and Access to Procedural Knowledge: Evidence from a Tenant-Focused Intervention in New Orleans,” examines whether access to knowledge about eviction court procedures affected tenants’ eviction case outcomes. Information about the eviction process was distributed through the Tenant Early Eviction Notification System (TEENS), an outreach program aimed at better protecting tenants facing eviction. Analysis then found that tenants who were contacted with eviction procedure information had a 13% lower probability of receiving a “rule absolute judgement” compared to tenants who were not contacted. Direct contact with tenants through phone calls and in-person canvassing was the most effective means of decreasing unfavorable eviction rulings.

We Want to Hear From You

If you have thoughts or suggestions, reach out and send us a message. Please let us know what you think.

Email us at communications@aceh.org

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Anchorage CoC Grant Program

Anchorage CoC Grant Program

Each year ACEH coordinates the submission of project and collaborative applications to fund organizational and partner programs through a competitive grant process.

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