Warm, Housed and Fed
United Way of Anchorage is the only organization focused on the big picture and all of the integrated supports needed to keep families warm, housed and fed. From managing Alaska 2-1-1, where calls for help start and referrals to needed assistance are made, to leading the charge to change public policies, from facilitating the vital involvement of the faith community and other sectors to funding essential services to help our neighbors, we are there.
Did You Know:
- Average annual wage for the three largest occupations in Anchorage is below $25,000.
- To afford rent for a two bedroom apartment, it is estimated that Anchorage households must earn $53,000 per year.
- 16,320 Anchorage families earn less than $50,000 a year and struggle to afford food, housing, utilities, medication and other basic needs. They are living on the edge and are often just one unexpected event from homelessness.
- 100 calls a month to Alaska 2-1-1 for help go unmet because of lack of available resources like direct rent and utility assistance.
Your support helps keeps hardworking local families warm, housed and fed.
Emergency Cold Weather Shelter
Homelessness in Anchorage
one family’s story
Although Travis faced his own set of daily challenges as a 30-year-old
single father of two, every morning he brought coffee to his mother who
struggled with an illness that kept her home bound. That was until Travis himself became home bound due to back surgery.
A roofer by trade, it would be weeks before Travis would be able to
walk around his own home, let alone return to the lifting, bending,
and climbing required in his job. That is if he could return at all.
Due to his surgery and inability to work, it wasn’t long before Travis
got behind on his electricity bill.
Just when the idea of facing the winter without heat looked like it might
become a reality Travis called Alaska 2-1-1, United Way’s health and
human services information and referral line, and got help to pay his utility bill to keep the heat on in his home. “I was so thankful there was someone out there that could help in this extreme time of need,” said Travis.