The Anchorage Coalition supports Municipal PROPOSITION 13:
February 24, 2020
The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) supports the Anchorage Municipal ballot Proposition 13, which would establish a 5% retail alcohol tax to fund critical community public health and safety initiatives. This proposal includes providing additional resources to support local homeless services to reduce the impact of homelessness in the Anchorage community.
The proposed 5% retail tax would go into effect on February 1, 2021 and is estimated to generate $11-15 million annually.
These funds would be dedicated to specific uses including support for additional resources to address homelessness in Anchorage.
ACEH’s vision is to make homelessness in our community rare, brief and one-time. We believe that these additional resources will not only move our shared mission forward, but will help bend the curve in Anchorage’s efforts to reduce the impact of homelessness on individuals and the Anchorage community. Beyond direct homeless services, the funds would be used to support:
- child abuse prevention
- sexual assault & domestic violence prevention
- substance use disorder treatment & prevention resources
- mental health treatment resources
- additional police & first responders
These services are critical for our community’s overall health and have a direct impact on preventing homelessness in our community.
Building on community feedback to prior proposals, Proposition 13 funds will not only be dedicated to specific uses, there is also mandatory reporting to ensure responsible and transparent spending. Only voters will be able to make future changes to the tax and the funds will not be spent on general government expenses. Rather, the funds will be channeled into supporting the social safety net that creates a stronger and better resourced Anchorage for all community members.
ACEH, as the convener of the Homeless Response System, is supportive of additional resources to address homelessness and the social challenges that often lead individuals to experience homelessness. ACEH supports passage of Proposition 13, the proposal for a 5% retail sales tax on the April 7 Municipal ballot and encourages voters to vote “Yes” on this important legislation. For more information on Proposition 13 please visit ABetterAnchorage.com.
View the official memo here: ACEH Proposition 13 Statement of Support
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