Homelessness is a pervasive problem across the country. In Anchorage, it has become more visible and more concerning to the community. The January 2018 Point-In-Time homelessness count put the number of people experiencing homelessness in Anchorage at 1,094 and we know some are missed in that single night canvas. Our Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data shows us that 7,442 different people were served through homeless services in Anchorage from July 2017 to June 2018. Yet there is ample reason for hope. We are pushing ahead on promising solutions with a fresh sense of urgency. Anchored Home, Anchorage’s Strategic Plan to Solve Homelessness: 2018-2021 is a three-year tactical road map which draws on new tools and strategies while building on the community’s existing work and planning. The goal is to ensure homelessness in Anchorage is a rare, brief and one-time event.
Anchored Home, an update of the 2015 Anchorage Community Plan to End Homelessness, formally launched on October 4, 2018, following a lengthy period of public inputs. Discussion around the plan began formally in January of 2018. A Public Review Draft was released on August 22,2018 and followed by a series of conversations with various community councils, community support organizations, social service providers, business and industry leaders, and the public at large. Over 700 members of the community joined the dialogue and provided comments and inputs via email, through group discussion or one on one conversation. The final plan, released on October 4, 2018, represents much of this community input and the concrete actions to be taken moving forward.
Key pillars of Anchored Home include investing in Prevention & Diversion, strengthening the Anchorage Housing & Support System, ensuring Public Health & Safety, and bolstering Advocacy & Funding. The public review process of the draft and on-going community dialogue, as well as the on-the-ground operational implementation of Anchored Home, is jointly led by Nancy Burke, Housing and Homelessness Coordinator from the Municipality of Anchorage (leading Public Health & Safety efforts); Jasmine Khan, Executive Director of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (leading Housing & Support System efforts); Michele Brown of United Way (leading Prevention & Diversion efforts) and Dr. Richard Mandsager, a three-year Senior Fellow Executive-on-Loan by the Rasmuson Foundation (leading Advocacy & Funding efforts).
A core element of Anchored Home is transparent and frequent engagement with the Anchorage community. Anchored Home is a community plan that requires community voices. This page will capture implementation progress and share data dashboards as they are developed. You can also directly follow municipality efforts around Public Health and Safety.
Check out Mayor Berkowitz’s press conference around Anchored Home’s release below!
Today, we are announcing the 2018 summer count of adult homeless persons in Anchorage, which reflects an 18 percent drop from summer 2017. We are also releasing the 2018-2021 Anchored Home strategic plan to end homelessness, with partners from the Coalition to End Homelessness, United Way of Anchorage, Rasmuson Foundation, and others. This is encouraging news. We will continue to reduce the number of people who are homeless and make sure Anchorage can be a safe and healthy city for all who live here.
Posted by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz on Thursday, October 4, 2018
Upcoming Open Forum Anchored Home Community Discussions:
Anchorage Community-Wide Discussion: Fall and Winter Dates TBD
Wilda Marston Theatre (3600 Denali St, Anchorage, AK 99503)
Please check out the ACEH Facebook Page to watch live recordings of the discussions.
If you are interested in having a smaller group discussion on Anchored Home , or providing feedback please contact ACEH Director.