A message from The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) and The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (AKCH2):
During a 12/11/19 press conference, Governor Dunleavy announced his FY21 proposed budget. See the chart below for a comparison of the four major homeless services funding streams over the last three budget cycles:
Each of these funding sources plays an essential role in serving the most vulnerable in Alaska.
- The Homeless Assistance Program (HAP) provides homeless prevention supports (rental/utility emergency assistance), emergency shelter options, and the ability to be rapidly rehoused in multiple communities. Click here to find more information in the Mental Health Bill (Page 10).
- The Special Needs Housing Grant (SNHG) operating dollars and housing vouchers provide long-term rental assistance for seventeen successful housing programs targeting the most vulnerable homeless population. Click here to find more information in the Mental Health Bill (Page 10).
- The Human Services Community Matching Grant (HSCMG) & Community Initiative Matching Grants (CIMGP) programs provide funding to prevent and alleviate challenges for those with serious mental or physical hardships. HSCMG is one of the only funding streams to support operations for safety net services like basic shelter and food provision. Click here to find more information in the Operating Bill (Page 18).
The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (AKCH2) and the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH), upon initial analysis, recognize and appreciate that the proposed budget does not include major cuts to the already limited funds for homeless services. We again thank Alaskans for speaking out in support of vulnerable Alaskans. Your voices mattered. Over the next few weeks, we will be deepening our analysis to include behavioral health, housing assistance weatherization programs, Medicaid and other supportive services that may impact homelessness in communities across our state. We urge you to carefully watch the budget and to contact your elected officials to let them know that we must continue to protect the most vulnerable Alaskans and our shared community health, safety and well-being.
Want to learn more about how Governor Dunleavy’s proposed FY21 budget impacts homeless services? Join our Alaska Homeless Response System Statewide Advocacy Call.
Alaska Homeless Response System Statewide Advocacy Call
Thursday, December 19, 2019
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/159978517 or
Call in (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 159-978-517