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Tune in tomorrow and Friday for the Anchorage Housing Summit

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Anchorage Housing Summit

Tune in tomorrow and Friday for the Anchorage Housing Summit, January 12th, and 13th, from 10 AM – 2 PM AKST.

Topics and discussions will include permanent supportive housing and transitional housing, leases, and more.

Hosted by the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness in collaboration with the Landlord Housing Partnership, with welcoming remarks to be given by  Margaret Salazar, HUD Regional Administrator, Region 10.

Online Summit Link: Microsoft Teams

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Meeting ID: 250 496 747 160
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AWAIC
Alaska Ski For Women

Alaska Ski for Women is on February 5th! Every year the NSAA puts on an exciting and fun-filled day of skiing. Proceeds benefit programs that work tirelessly to break the cycle of violence and support domestic violence survivors. The children’s program at AWAIC is partially funded by this event. Learn More…

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.

Municipality of Anchorage (MOA)

Former Golden Lion Hotel To Be Turned Into Low-Income Housing

Mayor Dave Bronson announced that the former Golden Lion Hotel will be used as a rooming house to provide housing options for low-income residents and those experiencing homelessness in Anchorage.

“As we work together to make sure no one sleeps in the cold, I have directed my team to implement a plan that allows the former Golden Lion Hotel to be used in an efficient manner that helps as many people as possible,” said Mayor Bronson. “I am committed to working with community partners and the Anchorage Assembly to quickly bring this resource online.”
 
The former Golden Lion Hotel, located on the corner of 36th Ave. & the New Seward Highway, was purchased by the prior Administration following the sale of ML&P. The Assembly passed AR 2022-33 requesting the Golden Lion be used as a rooming house, that would serve as a place to house those experiencing homelessness.
 
The Administration has conducted a site evaluation of the building. Initial cost estimates to bring the building into compliance and suitable for housing, are around $700,000, but could potentially go higher because the fire suppression system is not fully operational. 

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

Community Solutions
 

Insights on the federal strategic plan on homelessness

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness released All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. In it, the Biden-Harris Administration set an ambitious and important goal to “reduce homelessness by 25% by January 2025 and set us on a path to end homelessness for all Americans.”

Community Solutions supports this plan and applauds that its goal reflects the urgent need to equitably reduce homelessness and the human suffering that results from it. The ambitions of this aim rise to meet the degree to which the lives of our most marginalized neighbors are at stake.

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

Rapid Rehousing Roundtable Discussion Series – Landlord Engagement and Unit Acquisition – Part 2 

HUD is sponsoring a second round of the Rapid Rehousing (RRH) Roundtable Discussion Series. Sessions will take place every six weeks, with topics to be determined along the way. Each webinar in the series will host a facilitated dialogue amongst a small group of panelists and will include an opportunity for participants to submit questions to the panelists and technical assistance (TA) providers. Learn how to join the second session on January 19, 2023.

In 2022, HUD sponsored the first round of the roundtable discussions to identify, imagine, and increase trends that support innovation in RRH services and programs. Practitioners, policy-makers, and people with lived experience of homelessness shared their thoughts, challenges, and promising practices on topics including racial equity, assertive engagement, and landlord recruitment. View materials and recordings from the previous sessions.

Participants will learn about:

  • Advancing equity throughout Rapid Rehousing design and implementation
  • Maximizing limited resources
  • Staffing models and practices that promote equity and improve outcomes
  • Effective strategies for engaging with landlords and identifying housing pathways
  • Service delivery strategies

Urban Institute

Homeless Encampment Sweeps May Be Draining Your City’s Budget

Amid rising inflation and lack of available, affordable housing, homelessness has been increasing to crisis levels in the United States. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, between 2016 and 2020, there was a 6 percent jump in rates of overall homelessness.

During this period, unsheltered homelessness rates increased by 20 percent. Unsheltered homelessness was especially prominent on the West Coast and among women, Black and Latinx people, and people not experiencing chronic homelessness.

Though the reasons for recent increases in unsheltered homelessness are well researched and documented and include the rise of the cost of living, lack of affordable housing, and a lack of resources for people experiencing homelessness, many of the most common responses to homelessness encampments are implemented by law enforcement and fail to address the root causes—while costing cities substantial amounts of money.

People who experience unsheltered homelessness are more likely to have interactions with law enforcement (PDF), such as through homeless encampment sweeps. This contributes to the revolving door of homelessness and incarceration and other legal system involvement, which places immense financial burdens on communities.

Evidence suggests alternative solutions, such as permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing, reduced police involvement, and wraparound services, are more effective and can help reduce financial burdens on city budgets. 

The cost of encampment sweeps versus evidence-based solutions

In urban areas, homeless encampment sweeps, in which law enforcement officers or sanitation workers remove entire communities, are a common response to unsheltered homelessness. Sweeps reduce the visibility of homelessness, but evidence shows they only further displace unhoused people and do not address its root causes.

Sweeps exacerbate negative outcomes for people experiencing homelessness while straining city budgets. An Abt Associates report showed that responding to homeless encampments cost Houston, TX $3,393,000 and San Jose, CA $8,557,000.

When addressing the homeless crisis, policymakers should consider using the following alternatives to police responses to homelessness. These alternatives can both improve outcomes for people experiencing homelessness and save cities money.

The evidence shows encampment sweeps don’t solve the root causes of homelessness and may exacerbate negative outcomes for unhoused people. Leveraging these solutions could help reduce financial burdens on city budgets while improving the health and well-being of people experiencing homelessness and communities as a whole.

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

All In Webinar Recording & Slides Now Available 
on USICH.gov

In this USICH webinar about All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, presenters covered the following:

  • The current state of homelessness
  • The public-input process for developing All In
  • An overview of All In‘s strategies
  • How USICH will implement All In
  • How USICH will measure progress
  • How communities and partners can use All In

View the recording below.

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