Why do we need a shared definition of ending homelessness?



Why do we need a shared definition of ending homelessness?

Solving homelessness is virtually impossible if everyone is not clear on the end state they are trying to achieve.

Functional zero creates a definition for ending homelessness that is clear and measurable. We cannot compromise on the rigor of a definition for ending homelessness, because lives, communities, and the equity of our society are all at stake.

What is functional zero?

Functional zero is a milestone, which must be sustained, that indicates a community has measurably ended homelessness for a population. When functional zero is achieved, homelessness is rare and brief for that population (such as veterans or people experiencing chronic homelessness).

What does functional zero mean?

  1. Fewer people are experiencing homelessness than are routinely accessing safe and stable permanent housing in a month. This means that the number of people experiencing homelessness at any time does not exceed the community’s proven record of housing at least that many people.
  2. Cities and counties are operating off of a full accounting of homelessness at all times. They do this by maintaining quality, real-time, comprehensive data on who is experiencing it.
  3. The community is working toward equitable systems, starting with a focus on race and ethnicity.
  4. Finally, all of these achievements are sustained over time, even as local conditional change.

ACEH Updates

The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) works with allies in the community to design, create, and lead implementation for the Anchorage community plan on homelessness.

Coordinated Entry & Shelter

Case Conferencing and Coordinated Entry (CE) Training
Case conferencing meets bi-weekly via Zoom. If you have any questions, or are interested in coordinated entry access point training for you or your team, please contact Mac Lyons at: mlyons@aceh.org

Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Update

The data for the Point in Time count has been submitted to the Institute of Community Alliances (ICA). The team at ICA is still waiting on some other numbers from around the state to come in fully. We will know more in the coming weeks.

Please contact Mac with any questions: mlyons@aceh.org

01/27/2022 Homeless Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council (AC) Meeting

January’s meeting included updates from ACEH Interim Executive Director, Meg Zaletel and a special Orientation Session with Tahnee Conte-Seccareccia, ACEH Director of Finance & Administration. Full Meeting agenda and details here: https://tinyurl.com/HPRSACMeeting

HPRS Advisory Council meets on the 4th Thursday of every month to discuss relevant Anchorage Continuum of Care initiatives and current events.

To participate in member / public comment, please email iinthaly@aceh.org by 5pm the Wednesday before the monthly meetings.

Senior Grants Manager Position Open

ACEH is Hiring!

The Senior Grants Manager is responsible for facilitating and coordinating the Continuum of Care (CoC) for Anchorage and other identified grants and programs. In this role, the Senior Grants Manager works closely with the Grants Manager and member agencies to employ strategies for effectively implementing and obtaining favorable outcomes in addressing homelessness. The Senior Grants Manager also works with various government entities and other community stakeholders to implement and advance local, state, and federal plans to end homelessness.

Senior Grants Manager Job Description

Employment Application

To apply for this position, candidates please send a resume, cover letter, and completed ACEH Employment Application to employment@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. 

Giving & Volunteer Opportunities:

Cots & Art Supplies Needed at Sullivan!

Please coordinate Sullivan donations with Hannah Ferguson, Assistant Director.


Other Giving Opportunities

Alaska Public Media

Jessica Parks, RurAL CAP Operations and Development Director, and Owen Hutchinson, ACEH Director of External Affairs, discussed Anchorage’s camp abatement policy with Alaska Public Media on 1/28/2022. Listen in here (Story begins at 4:10)

Covenant House Alaska

CEO Alison Kear’s 25 Years at Covenant House Alaska
To celebrate, Covenant House Alaska sat down with Alison to talk about her incredible career, and what the future holds for CHA. View the full Q&A with this incredible community leader here!

New Hope Compassionate Ministries

Client Choice Shopping
New Hope Compassionate Ministries is providing a store where clients can choose the items and flavors they like most and will use. 

Volunteers of America (VOA) Alaska

2021 Community Impact Report
In VOA’s 2021 Community Impact Report, discover how their team came together with a renewed sense of resiliency to face the year’s challenges and continue serving Alaska’s youth and families.

National Housing & Homelessness Highlights

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Rapid Rehousing Roundtable Discussion Series
The Rapid Rehousing (RRH) Roundtable Discussion Series aims to identify, imagine, and increase trends that support innovation in RRH services and programs and the development of best practices within communities through a series of webinars with provider-level practitioners, people with lived expertise, and program administrators. 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.

Remaining Webinars 

Title Date and Time
Assertive Engagement in Practice February 8, 2022
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Landlord Engagement and Unit Acquisition February 15, 2022
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Rapid Resolution/Rapid Exit February 22, 2022
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Innovation in RRH March 1, 2022
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Joining Instructions
Participants do not need to register in advance. It is strongly recommended that you join each webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time (1:15 PM EST). To join each webinar, simply access the login page at the link below.

National Council of Nonprofits

Interest Growing in Renewed Pandemic Relief
More Representatives and Senators are talking openly about the need for renewed and additional pandemic relief for individuals, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses, although cost tradeoffs abound. Numerous funding and tax provisions enacted during the pandemic expired by the end of 2021, including items usually included in disaster-relief packages, such as charitable giving incentives, employee retention credits, and payroll tax deferrals, as well as the expanded child tax credit. For more than a month, Senators have discussed putting more money into a restaurant relief fund and other business supports. Now, numerous publications are reporting an increased sense of urgency and willingness by policymakers to consider restoring expired relief provisions for nonprofits and others. 

  • Roll Call is highlighting advocacy efforts by charitable organizations to restore more generous tax breaks for charitable giving as Congress considers a fresh round of pandemic aid with the omicron variant caseload still at worrying levels.
  • On the Employee Retention Tax Credit, reports quote Senate Finance Committee Chair Wyden (D-OR), whose committee has jurisdiction over the provision, as saying, “I like this program; I think it makes sense and I want to talk to my colleagues about what we can do.”

However, a Washington Post article generally highlighting interest in additional relief quotes Senate Republican Leader McConnell (R-KY) as saying, “Let’s start the discussion by talking about repurposing the hundreds of billions already sitting in the pipeline.” This suggests that he and other Republicans are likely to seek to claw back previously approved funds, including what’s still available of the $350 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Relief Funds enacted as part of the American Rescue Plan Act with only Democratic votes.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

New Report Highlights Tactics Used by Renters to Meet Household Needs
A new report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS), “Making the Rent: Household Spending Strategies During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” examines how households have managed their finances and rental payments in response to income-loss during the pandemic. Among households that lost income, households with extremely low incomes, households of color, and households with children were more likely to fall behind on rent compared to high-income households, white households, and households without children. Among low-income households and households of color that lost income during the pandemic, those that fell behind on rent were more likely than those that did not fall behind to borrow from friends and family to make ends meet.

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH )

Year In Review: How Usich And The Biden Administration Addressed Homelessness In 2021

USICH and departments across the federal government worked hard to prevent and end homelessness last year. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Allowable uses
  • Patient access or program duration
  • Number of participants served
  • Geographic reach
  • Funding and operating mechanisms

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Email us at communications@aceh.org

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