Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project
Anchorage was selected as one of ten Continuum of Care (CoC) entities in the nation, and one of four rural communities, to plan for and implement a Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). This was a very competitive solicitation and over 120 CoCs applied. The Anchorage CoC was awarded $1.5 million over two years. The demonstration project is a catalyst for our community partnerships and funders to work together to achieve the shared vision that youth and young adult homeless experience is rare and brief, and, when it does occur, it is a one-time occurrence.
Through this demonstration project, Anchorage will:
- Quickly identify and engage youth and young adults at-risk of and experiencing homelessness;
- Intervene to prevent the loss of housing and divert youth and young adults from entering the homelessness services system;
- Provide immediate access to low-barrier shelter and crisis service while permanent stable housing and services are being secured; and,
- When homelessness does occur, quickly connect youth and young adults to housing assistance and services.
As a community, we are committed to working to impact the four core outcomes that have been identified by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness in the “Framework to End Youth Homelessness,” which include 1) stable housing; 2) permanent connections; 3) education or employment; and 4) social-emotional well-being.
Covenant House Alaska (CHA) is the ACEH’s partner and Lead Agency for ending youth homelessness in Anchorage. CHA brings over 28 years of experience serving runaway, homeless, and trafficked youth and has a demonstrated track record of bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders and organizations to meet the needs of youth and young adults at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. CHA is a trauma-informed organization with years of experience working with special populations who are at increased risk for homelessness including youth who identify as LGBTQ, minors under the age of 18, pregnant and parenting youth, youth involved with DJJ and OCS, and, victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation.