Homelessness in Anchorage
Imagine for a moment what it would feel like if you did not have your home, your sanctuary:
- Where you safely put your kids to bed each night.
- Where you refresh and recharge after a long day.
- Where you launch yourself back into the world each morning.
Because we can imagine how isolated and harmful that would feel, we deeply care that too many of our neighbors – families, single adults, youth – do not have that safe and welcoming place to call home.
Home is the foundation for a meaningful life – a sense of community, success in school, the ability to find and keep a job, and overall financial stability start with permanent housing. Our neighbors may need additional supports to create a stable life, but without a roof over their head, the challenges can be overwhelming.
Despite these and other challenges, homelessness in Anchorage is solvable.
Never before have so many partners – community members, social service agencies, government, faith organizations, and businesses — agreed to join forces, to work together, and to use new innovative approaches to make sure that homelessness becomes as rare and as brief as possible here.
By one recent count there are as many as 1128 homeless people in Anchorage, including at least 200 families with kids. We are a community in which this is not acceptable and we are working to change it.
Emergency Cold Weather Shelter
Our vision is to ensure that no one sleeps outside during the coldest months of the year. United Way of Anchorage has been working with the Municipality and many partners to help keep all Anchorage residents safe and warm, and connect them to resources quickly so that they no longer need emergency shelter. Will you help us create a community where our neighbors aren’t faced with sleeping in their car or in a tent on a cold winter’s night?
Warm Housed and Fed
Right now over 16,000 hardworking Anchorage families with children are living on the edge and are often just one unexpected event away from homelessness. You can ensure a stable, effective and efficient safety-net is there to catch families who need help.
WALK IN MY SHOES
Brings the Reality of Financial Instability to Life
Our interactive web experience depicts real life scenarios faced by many of the more than 16,000 families living on the financial edge in Anchorage. With limited income and everything from medical payments and unexpected expenses to child care issues, your challenge will be to make it to the end of the month. The reality of walking in someone else’s shoes can be a real eye opener. Take the walk today!
A Record Stand To End Homelessness
On August 20, 2016, 300 community members joined United Way to take a stand to end homelessness in Anchorage and achieved a GUINNESS WORLDS RECORD™ for Longest fist bump relay!