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.
Anchorage is a compassionate, action-oriented community who cares for those living outside or in unstable housing. While crises that affect housing will never be fully prevented, we can end a person’s or family’s resulting homelessness quickly when we energize and activate our whole community.
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.
Today in our community so many have stepped up to make a firm commitment to tackling head-on the goal of moving families, and all people experiencing homelessness, to stable permanent homes quickly.
Recently, our President, Michele Brown, and Nancy Burke from the Municipality of Anchorage, and Lisa Aquino, the President of the Board for the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, spoke at the Make It Monday Forum on the progress that has been made towards housing the homeless in our city. Here are some of the highlights of what they shared:
- The number of homeless families has decreased by 25% over the last two years.
- The total number of people housed since January, 2017, is 217 – this includes individuals and families.
- There are currently 711 people being tracked on the ‘By Name List’ which allows all agencies and service providers to access their status and the help they are receiving in order to coordinate services efficiently.
- Of the 400 individuals identified as chronically homeless in 2015, 200 of them have been housed so far.
Below is the complete presentation and access links to the news interviews providing the latest information on our progress to end homelessness.
Check back here as we will be regularly updating the information on the work being done to end homelessness in Anchorage.
You can make a difference today!
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!