Homelessness is a pervasive problem across the country. In Anchorage, it is more visible than ever. 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 canvas. 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 roadmap 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, will formally launch in October of 2018, following the next round of public inputs. This new series of conversations will include meetings with community councils, community support organizations and providers, business and industry leaders, and the public at large. Once this round of community input is completed, Anchored Home will be finalized with timelines for specific project completion, responsibility assignments and accountability metrics. Key pillars of Anchored Home include strengthening the Anchorage Housing & Support Systems, ensuring Public Health & Safety, and bolstering Advocacy & Funding. The public review process of the draft plan, as well as the on-the-ground operational implementation of Anchored Home, will be jointly led by Nancy Burke, Housing and Homelessness Coordinator from the Municipality of Anchorage; Jasmine Khan, Executive Director of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness; and Dr. Richard Mandsager, a three-year Senior Fellow Executive-on-Loan by the Rasmuson Foundation.
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 provide updates on the public review process (including draft updates) and then evolve to capture implementation progress and share data dashboards. Community meeting schedules will also be shared here. Please check back frequently for updates.
Upcoming Open Forum Anchored Home Community Discussions:
Anchorage Community-Wide Discussion: September 18, 2018 5:30 -7:30 PM Wilda Marston Theatre (3600 Denali St, Anchorage, AK 99503)
Housing and Support Services Provider Discussion: September 5, 2018 10:00 -12:00 PM Wilda Marston Theatre (3600 Denali St, Anchorage, AK 99503)
Please note there will be several other Anchored Home community discussions with various organizations, community groups etc. through September 2018 for initial inputs. However, inputs will continue through implementation. If you are interested in having a smaller group discussion on Anchored Home in the coming months please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.