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Housing Transition Coordinator Joins the ACEH Team!

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Housing Transition Coordinator Joins the ACEH Team!

ACEH welcomes Tera to the team as our new Housing Transition Coordinator (TC)! Tera will be instrumental in assisting individuals and families with developing housing plans during regular navigation activities as they navigate from the Sullivan Arena and hotels as emergency shelters, as well as addressing the barriers identified during the plan.

We are excited to have Tera on board and to better support our community providers in this dynamic and changing time.

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).

Shelter Update

Sullivan remains open and is accepting new clients. Individuals in need of shelter are still advised to contact 211 for more information.

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. 

99 Plus 1, Inc.

Community Engagement Room
99 Plus 1, Inc. is offering a Community Engagement Room to agency partners to conduct group activities, services, trainings, meetings, recreational activities, etc.

Those who are interested in hosting a one-time, or reoccurring appointment please contact Hannah at: hannah.ferguson@99plus1inc.com.

Administration and Legislative Drafting Group

Implementation Status Update 041222

Mass care operations, including care at Sullivan Arena and the one remaining non-congregate shelter in an area hotel, are targeted for closure by June 30. The goal of the transition is to take care of people experiencing homelessness and help them on a better path to independence, return Sullivan Arena to normal operations and do so in the most cost effective and efficient way possible. Two of the previously used area hotels have interim, temporary transitional housing units available for people leaving the Sullivan on the path to stable housing. A target has been set to secure housing for 10 people every day between April 1 and June 30 to support the mass care exit strategy.

Site selection, purchase and sale negotiations, and operational considerations for the new locations take into account the most efficient overall cost of an effective homelessness prevention and response system. The operational costs for the new housing / shelters will be leveraged with available state and federal funding for housing stability.

Catholic Social Services (CSS)

Can you provide pots and pans for newly-housed clients and help meet a HIGH NEED?

Essential items like pots and pans help clients settle in and feel at home in their new housing, supporting them on their path toward permanent stability. CSS is currently running low on pots and pans, and need your help!

Donations can be delivered to the CSS office at 3710 East 20th Ave.

Thank you for supporting newly-housed families!

Covenant House Alaska

Anchorage Sleep Out: Community Edition | April 15, 2022

2,000 young people sleep under a Covenant House roof each night. They come to Covenant House seeking safe shelter, nourishing food, clean clothing, and essential services like job training, education, healthcare, mental health counseling, and legal aid. You can support our youth on their journeys to independence.

Sleep Out in solidarity with our young people. The funds you raise help Covenant House provide 24/7 care. And the awareness you raise shines light on the youth homelessness crisis, urging us closer to a world where everyone has a safe place to sleep.

Municipality of Anchorage (MOA)

Municipality to Hold Listening Sessions on Proposed Navigation Center
Mayor Dave Bronson announced a series of community listening sessions concerning the proposed navigation center, that is part of the Municipality’s comprehensive plan to address homelessness. The listening sessions will provide the public an opportunity to learn about the navigation center, and have questions answered by municipal officials.

This evening at 5:30, Wednesday 13, 2022 and 5:30, Thursday, April 28, 2022

Learn how to tune in here: Listening Session Details

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Guidance for Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining People with Lived Experience and Expertise of Homelessness
Forming partnerships with individuals with lived expertise is urgent and necessary in the fight to end homelessness. As communities grapple with how to create more equitable systems, the increasing awareness of the importance of engaging individuals with lived expertise of homelessness presents new possibilities for implementing equitable change. Hiring people with lived expertise is one of several staffing options for COVID-19 Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG-CV) administration. Whatever the position within the organization, the benefits to the workplace and for the person with lived experience and expertise is a win-win!
Before the hiring process begins, there are some key requirements for the recruitment, hiring, effective onboarding, and retention of people who have experienced homelessness: inclusive and equitable hiring practices; staff orientation to racial equity and trauma; a supportive workplace that creates a sense of belonging; and a workplace environment that values the awareness, knowledge, and wisdom that comes from experiencing homelessness. To end homelessness, it is important to develop authentic partnerships with people who have experienced it. Hiring people who are experts by experience allows for the exploration of new opportunities for both the organization and the individual.

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)

President Biden Announces Proposed FY23 Budget

New Tool Identifies Expiring Federal Resources for Homelessness
The current Declaration of Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 will expire April 16. USICH has released a new tool that outlines federal funding, flexibilities, and waivers linked to the public health emergency as well as others set to expire in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

Biden Administration’s Budget Request Signals Start of FY23 Appropriations Season – Take Action to Secure Significant Affordable Housing Investments!
President Biden released his budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2023 on March 28, signaling the official start of the FY2023 appropriations season. The budget would fund HUD programs at $71.9 billion – approximately $6.2 billion more than the final FY22 level – and would provide substantial federal investments in affordable homes while also increasing the availability of housing assistance to families with the greatest needs.

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH )

New Tool Identifies Expiring Federal Provisions That May Impact Homelessness
The current Declaration of Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 will expire April 16. This new tool identifies federal funding, flexibilities, and waivers linked to the public health emergency as well as others set to expire in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. All may impact homelessness prevention and intervention.
 
The status and timeline of these provisions continue to evolve. For questions, contact your USICH regional coordinator.
 
This new tool lists relevant provisions from the departments and agencies of:
 

  • Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Treasury
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Agriculture (USDA)
  • Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Veterans Affairs (VA)

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Email us at communications@aceh.org

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