An Overview of the Anchorage

Homelessness Prevention & Response System

A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a regional or local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. CoCs represent communities of all kinds, including major cities, suburbs, and rural areas. In Alaska, there are two CoCs, the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, which serves the greater Anchorage area from Girdwood to Chugiak, and our partner organization, the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness which serves the remainder of the state.

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Leading the work on homelessness prevention & response

The Homeless Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council connects homeless service provider needs and issues to ACEH strategy. The Advisory Council is also a forum for members to learn about what is happening in homelessness response and share their thoughts and opinions.

Want to get involved in the HPRS Advisory Council? Follow the link below to apply.

Transitional Housing

Rapid Re-Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing

Ongoing Supports

CoC Essentials

According to Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a CoC is “a community plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximize self-sufficiency. It includes action steps to end homelessness and prevent a return to homelessness.” HUD identifies five necessary parts of a continuum:

  • Outreach, intake, and assessment in order to identify service and housing needs and provide a link to the appropriate level of both;
  • Emergency shelter to provide an immediate and safe alternative to sleeping on the streets, especially for homeless families with children;
  • Transitional housing with supportive services to allow for the development of skills that will be needed once permanently housed;
  • Permanent and permanent supportive housing to provide individuals and families with an affordable place to live with services if needed;
  • Supportive services, including homeless prevention activities

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