The Hydra of Homelessness: Affordable Housing

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The Hydra of Homelessness: Affordable Housing

Meg Zaletel, Executive Director of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness was interviewed on The AnchorED City Podcast, on October 3, 2022

Meg answers questions surrounding homelessness and how access to affordable housing is ultimately the solution to ending it.


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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

Tune in live October 7th!

Come and listen to the candidates talk about how they would address housing and homelessness issues.

Friday, October 7th, from 6-7 pm.
Join us for a town hall focused on housing and homelessness for candidates in the upcoming gubernatorial election.

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

Public participation is encouraged through the question submission form. View here.

Click a link to watch live:
YouTube and Facebook

5 Key Success System Training Curriculum

Register online for this in-person training on housing navigation and case management.

Tuesday, October 11th- Thursday, October 13th – Housing Navigation & Case Management Training
Friday, October 14th – Optional Leadership & Supervisor Training

This will be an in-person HUD training at Covenant House Alaska. Lunch will be provided for $20 per day, per person. Register Here

Training Topics:

Module One | ENGAGE

  • Fundamentals of Case Management
  • Effective and Authentic Engagement
  • Equity as the Foundation

Module Two | ACCESS

  • Listening and Communication
  • Trauma Informed Services
  • Assessment Best Practices

Module Three | BUILD

  • Best Practices (Housing First, Housing Focused Case Management, Housing Navigation, Landlord Negotiation)
  • Empathy Mapping
  • Service Planning, Goals and Documentation

Module Four | SUCCESS

  • Using Your Creativity Skills
  • Celebrating Participant Success
  • Understanding Resiliency

Module Five | SUPPORT

  • Providing Ongoing Support/Transition Planning – You are not done yet!
  • Self Care and Avoiding Burnout


  • Understanding the CoC
  • Becoming a high functioning Homeless Response System
  • Managing for Success

Contact Celia at cmacleod@aceh.org or Terria at tware@aceh.org

Provider Outreach Applications

ACEH recently received a grant from the Municipality of Anchorage through the Alcohol Tax to coordinate outreach services. As part of setting up that outreach service, ACEH is soliciting outreach team services.

We are providing the draft memorandum of agreement and an application in which we are asking to receive confirmation that the terms of the MOA are generally acceptable. Submit your completed application to grants@aceh.org no later than Monday, October 10, 2022, by 5 pm to be considered for this opportunity. If you have questions regarding this opportunity, please contact grants@aceh.org.

Special Notice of Opportunity Priority List

This year, HUD has released two funding opportunities – the Continuum of Care (CoC) competition Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and the Special Notice of Funding Opportunity to address Unsheltered Homelessness (SNOFO).

HUD requires that the FY22 CoC SNOFO Prioritization List, which can be found below, is publicly posted. View on the ACEH website

For questions, please email Julie Frizzell, jfrizzell@aceh.org, or Helen Renfrew at hrenfrew@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.
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Anchorage Public Library

September’s Connect: Mountain View Event, is tomorrow, Thursday 9/22 from 2-5pm at the Anchorage Public Library, Community Room

Join APL’s Community Resource Coordinators and their network of partners to learn how you can connect to resources for food, housing, health care, education, and more!

Contact: Ziona Brownlow, 907-885-9508, ziona.brownlow@anchorageak.gov

Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission

Winterwear Needed!
The Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission is going above and beyond to assist our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Their shelter space is regularly full to capacity and they are asking for donations of cold weather clothing items for those they serve. Work jackets, small to 2X outerwear, etc.

They ask that you consider leaving an encouraging note in the pocket of any donation you make so the new owner can find it.

Please drop off donations at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission:
2823 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507
Open 6-11 AM and 4-6 PM 7, days a week

Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! This month we take the time to recognize the impact of domestic violence. Learn about how you too can stop the cycle of violence at these October events!

  • Hope Inspired!
    • October 16th from 6–8 PM at The Nave! Artists showcase their work for an evening of creativity, hope, and inspiration. Hosted by the Anchorage Alliance for Violence Prevention (AAVP).
  • Clothesline Project
    • October 19th from 5:30–7 PM at Mt. View Library! Create a shirt for the Clothesline Project to raise awareness about domestic violence.

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

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

Fair Housing Act’s Familial Status Protections Webinar and Fact Sheet Now Available  

This webinar and fact sheet is designed to educate U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) program participants, including housing providers and housing consumers, on what qualifies as illegal discrimination because of familial status and who is protected under the Fair Housing Act. These resources are sponsored by HUD’s Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity (FHEO).

After participating in this training and viewing this fact sheet, housing providers will have a better understanding of what actions may violate the Fair Housing Act and how to proactively comply with familial status protections. These resources will also provide renters and homeowners with information about familial status discrimination in housing and how to file a fair housing complaint if they believe their rights have been violated. Both housing consumers and providers will learn clear actions they can take to prevent or address familial status violations.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

Court Declares Civil and Criminal Punishments for Homelessness Are Cruel and Unusual

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion on September 29 upholding and clarifying the right of people experiencing homelessness to survive in the absence of housing and declaring that civil and criminal punishments for homelessness are cruel and unusual. The opinion in Johnson v. City of Grants Pass (formerly Blake v. City of Grants Pass) upholds a prohibition on the criminalization of the basic, life-sustaining activities of people experiencing homelessness, such as sleeping outside or in tents. The ruling supports and affirms rights for unhoused people forced to sleep outside across the country, protecting them from unjust punishment. 

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