Are you or someone you know experiencing homelessness? Below are some resources and community events that are here to help.
Call Alaska 2-1-1 to find health and human services resources and referrals available in our community.
What is Alaska 2-1-1?
Alaska 2-1-1 is a one-stop resource for connecting with a wide variety of vital resources including emergency food and shelter, disability services, counseling, senior services, healthcare, child care, drug and alcohol programs, legal assistance, transportation needs, educational opportunities, and much more.
Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm to or visit their website 24 hours a day, seven days a week when you need help finding help. It’s free and confidential.
Alaska 2-1-1 makes referrals to thousands of resources throughout Alaska. The descriptions below are some common areas of assistance requested.:
Basic Needs – Programs that provide resources including food, housing, material goods, transportation and utilities for the community at large.
Health Care – Programs whose primary purpose is to help individuals and families achieve and maintain physical well-being through the study, prevention, screening, evaluation and treatment of people who have illnesses, injuries or disabilities.
Employment and Income Boosts – Programs that help to meet the economic needs of the community by helping residents prepare for, find and sustain gainful employment; providing public assistance and support for those who are eligible; ensuring that retirees, older adults, people with disabilities and other eligible individuals receive the social insurance benefits to which they are entitled; and offering temporary financial assistance for people who are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis in situations where support related to their specific circumstances is unavailable.
Mental Health – Programs that provide preventive, diagnostic and treatment services in a variety of community and hospital- based settings to help people achieve, maintain and enhance a state of emotional well-being, personal empowerment and the skills to cope with everyday demands.
Consumer Services – Programs that provide for the education and protection of individuals who buy products and services for personal use. Included are programs that establish and enforce consumer protection, fair trade and other regulatory legislation; provide information and/or counseling to help consumers manage their finances, make informed credit and purchasing decisions, and understand their tax obligations and pay their taxes; and/or ensure that consumers have access to fair hearings, mediation or binding arbitration and appropriate remedies when they have complaints.
Alaska 2-1-1 is a service of the United Ways of Alaska.
There are several community events that take place throughout the year. Below is a partial listing of annual events and the time of year they happen. Specific dates will be added when they are publicized by the organizer:
- Project Homeless Connect, January 25th, 2017 – Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, at the Egan Center at 555 5th Ave. Click here for more information.
- Alaska Mission of Mercy – Free dental care for children and adults.
- HUGGS, Before the start of the school year – Furnishes school supplies and backpacks to students
- Thanksgiving Blessing, The week before Thanksgiving – Provides Thanksgiving meals for families in need
- Anchorage GIFT, The week before Christmas – Offers groceries for a Christmas meal as well as presents for children