From Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness <[email protected]>
Subject ACEH Weekly Digest
Date June 14, 2023 9:59 PM
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Hot Meals on a Chilly Day.

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** Homeless Prevention & Response System
Weekly Digest
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** Hot Meals on a Chilly Day.

ACEH outreach teams now have 4 pallets of self-heating meals to hand out at our weekly pop-up events. These meal packs include everything needed for our neighbors who are sleeping outside to have a warm nourishing meal. We know that ultimately our clients need shelter and housing, but in the meantime, they are extremely grateful for this basic comfort.

** A huge thank you to Alaska Food Bank for providing these hot meals, and to Beans Café warehouse for storing them.
Another shoutout to the Beans food truck for consistently providing hot meals at the Pop-ups events.

Upcoming Outreach Pop-ups:

Outreach teams will continue to host pop-up events weekly at Davis Park Tuesdays, 1-4 PM. There will be other Pop-ups at different locations around town week to week. For up-to-date times and locations, please contact [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]?subject=This%20Week's%20Pop-up%20Schedule) . Together with our partners, we will deliver food, aid, basic medical, and other services to connect people to housing.

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Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness Highlights

** Deadline Extended!

** Now Accepting Applications Through June 30th

** Join the Homelessness Prevention & Response System Advisory Council
The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) solicits applications for community members interested in serving on the Homelessness Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council. Below you’ll find more information on the structure and role the body will serve for the Anchorage community.

About the Council:
The HPRS Advisory Council is the collective of individuals (the planning body) appointed to provide oversight and governance on behalf of the Anchorage Continuum of Care (CoC). Areas of focus will include (but are not limited to):
* Annually establishing community priorities to share with funders and policymakers.
* Coordinated Entry ([link removed]) system health and performance monitoring.
* Following Built for Zero ([link removed]) initiatives.
* The implementation of the Anchored Home Strategic Plan ([link removed]) .
* Alaska Homeless Management Information System ([link removed]) (AK-HMIS) strategic governance and performance monitoring (in partnership with the AK-HMIS Advisory Board and the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness).
* Communications & advocacy content oversight and creation.

We are looking for individuals who can share their experience and talent in any of the following areas:
* Lived homelessness experience
* Housing entities or landlords
* Homeless service organizations
* Victim services
* State and local governments
* Educational organizations
* Healthcare organizations
* Law enforcement

We encourage you to submit your application for consideration by Friday, May 27, 2023 (DATE?).
Apply: HPRS Advisory Council Application ([link removed])

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) for more information.

Please share this opportunity and help us to partner more deeply with the Anchorage community to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time!
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** Take Action!
You can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors currently living in homelessness. There are many different ways to get involved. Find a way to give that works for you!

“Community partnership and collaboration are key to making homelessness in Anchorage rare, brief, and one-time.”

– Meg Zaletel, executive director of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness
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National Highlights
Alaska Food Coalition (AFC)

** Capital Campaign Kickoff and Juneteenth Celebration June

The Alaska Food Coalition Mini Grants for 2023 are open until next Friday, June 16th at 4:30 PM. The Food Coalition funds mini grants of up to $1,000 to coalition partners involved in fighting hunger. These funds are intended for small-scale, capacity-building projects that will have a long-term impact on addressing food insecurity in Alaska such as coolers, freezers, and shelving.

Download: AFC Mini Grant Guidelines ([link removed])
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Shiloh Community Housing (SCHI)

** Capital Campaign Kickoff and Juneteenth Celebration June

Shiloh Community Housing, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that’s been operating in Alaska since 2002. Their mission is to remove barriers to safe, affordable housing such as age, income sustainability, underemployment, lack of education, and/or skills that would prevent a person from ever obtaining sustainability or permanent housing.

This Juneteenth SCHI is showcasing their efforts to disrupt the cycle of homelessness with their 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Capital Campaign Kick-Off. Capital is being raised to remodel SCHI’s Community Resource Center. Show up and support!

WHERE: SCHI Community Resource Center, 3127 Commercial Drive, Anchorage, Alaska
WHEN: Friday, June 16th, 2023 TIME: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
CONTACT: (907) 770-2993 or email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
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National Highlights
Community Solutions

** Policing and the punitive politics of homelessness policy

New research shows how the police are highly influential in and frequently involved in implementing homelessness policymaking.

Our research partners at Cornell University and Boston University conducted a study on the involvement of the police in addressing homelessness in cities across the country.
They recently published a policy brief that compiles various data, including a novel survey of mayors and information about Homeless Outreach Teams in the 100 largest cities nationwide.

According to their findings:
* Cities’ police departments are highly influential in homelessness policy-making. 78% percent of mayors say that the police have at least some influence over their homelessness policies — more than people experiencing homelessness and public housing authorities.
* City staff dedicated to homelessness are commonly located in police departments. 22% percent of mayors housed their homelessness staff in police departments, the second most popular option after social services (38%).

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** Opinion: How Houston’s homelessness breakthrough could be a national game-changer

By Steve Berg
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US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

** Update for CPD Income Eligibility Calculator Users

On June 15, 2023, the Community Planning and Development (CPD) Income Eligibility Calculator ([link removed]) will be updated to incorporate the FY 2023 Income Limits for all programs:
* Brownfield Economic Development Initiative (BEDI)
* Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
* CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)
* Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)
* HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
* Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)
* Housing Trust Fund (HTF)
* Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
* Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program
* Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity (SHOP)

Please be sure to complete any in-progress calculations and download the summary files of your existing calculations for your records before the IEC is updated on June 15, after the update the IEC will use the FY 2023 Income Limits for the purposes of determining eligibility.
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Market Watch

** More baby boomers are becoming homeless: ‘It takes just one crisis’ to push someone onto the streets
"People aged 65 and older are the fastest-growing group of people who are unhoused."

By Jessica Hall
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** The little-noticed court decision that changed homelessness in America
"Is there a right to sleep outside?"

By Rachel M. Cohen
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