From Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness <[email protected]>
Subject ACEH Weekly Digest
Date August 9, 2023 9:59 PM
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** Homeless Prevention & Response System
Weekly Digest

** Less than Two Weeks to Go!

Join the Alaska Housing Summit 2023 on August 21, from 10 am – 4 pm for a day of presentations, panel discussions, and regional spotlights on the state of housing in Alaska. Learn about the unique challenges and innovative community-based solutions to the housing crisis. The Alaska Housing Summit will focus on solutions and how municipalities, housing authorities, state, and federal government all play a role in the development of housing.

Who should attend?
The Alaska Housing Summit is for housing providers, developers, government workers, policymakers, and others interested in housing.
Register Now! ([link removed])
This event is brought to you by Alaska Coalition on Housing & Homelessness and Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, with the support of the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign and Rasmuson Foundation.
Highlights from the Coalition

** Submit Your Application by August 25th.

ACEH is inviting applications for FFY23 HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) New Projects and Renewals. Each year ACEH coordinates the submission of HUD CoC Project and collaborative applications to fund organizational and partner programs through a competitive grant process.

These grants fund permanent and temporary housing programs in Anchorage, as well as the coordination work done by ACEH to promote a community-wide commitment to ending homelessness. ACEH will provide technical assistance to existing projects through renewal applications, and to non-profits requesting funding for new projects. The amount of funding available for Federal Fiscal Year 2023 (FFY23) is limited and yet to be determined by HUD. However, the process is very competitive, both locally and nationally.
Apply Now ([link removed])

** Calling All Volunteers!


ACEH is looking for community partners and volunteers to assist with August Project Homeless Connect.

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 23rd, 11 AM - 6 PM on
Location: Central Lutheran Church ([link removed]) , 1420 Cordova St

Contact Jessica with any questions or comments, at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Project%20Homeless%20Connect) .
Volunteer Today! ([link removed])

** August Outreach Schedule
Contact Jason with any questions or comments, at outreach (mailto:[email protected]) (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Project%20Homeless%20Connect) .
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Local Highlights
Catholic Social Services Alaska

** Currently, the pantry serves 116 families per day on average—and that number is still growing.

St. Francis House was able to welcome and serve over 1,000 new households in the first three months of this year. “It’s shocking,” Dwayne says. This May was the pantry’s second-busiest month ever, with over 1,900 visits from 1,400 different families.
Read about the growing need for food assistance ([link removed])
Covenant House Alaska

** Fill the Cache Event

Spread the word! Covenant House Alaska ([link removed][0]=AZVtQLEKkeo1HOjNSJR1DkjK4fA1sKWEzHf7WMR-nBRX3l9wkRy7R0zGhxhUenVtRdbfA2cHGapMcJkdH782oX_oOs7up8sojOIiaRruHZ904-DQNlGlbxoe9GfWqdmVtw9SwCpwXXeqs5moZFZKT12eYvD96xpJO_z1LhX0GWh_YHKqnRvgNmTdmbAB-0ivaPbfvoxXzAIr9HRmzF8_04ne&__tn__=-]K-R) is "filling their cache". Drop off your extra salmon and berries today and tomorrow (August 9/10) from 12-6 pm. 💕 🫐

Drop Off Location: Covenant House Alaska Youth Engagement Center 755 A St. (Enter from A St, Exit on Barrow St) from Noon to 6 PM
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National Highlights
Community Solutions

** What’s the relationship between mental health and homelessness?
Insights on commonly asked questions about mental health and homelessness.
To strengthen our own understanding about the relationship between mental health and homelessness, we sat down with experts in both fields and asked some of our burning questions, such as:
* What kinds of challenges do communities face when supporting neighbors living with mental illnesses?
* How can systems and processes be more intentionally designed with/for unhoused neighbors living with mental illnesses?

Why is policing not always a helpful response when working with unhoused neighbors experiencing mental health crises?
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U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

** HOME-ARP NCS: Eligible Costs Handout Now Available
The HOME-ARP NCS: Eligible Costs Handout presents the non-congregate shelter (NCS) eligible costs to assist Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) with implementing compliant NCS projects in their communities.
What is an NCS unit? What are the eligible costs when developing NCS units with HOME Investment Partnership American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARP) funding? What are the differences between eligible hard costs and soft costs?
This handout provides answers to these questions, as well as an overview of the NCS activity.
It also features:
* NCS definition and examples
* Summary table of eligible costs
* Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

View the Handout ([link removed])
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

** [link removed] Starts at Home

** New Data Show Rental Assistance Improves Food Security
New research ([link removed]) exploring the connections between housing and food security finds that residents receiving rental assistance were less likely to experience food insecurity and consumed more nutritious foods than residents on rental assistance waitlists. The study draws on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, as well as HUD housing data about individuals who received rental assistance between 1999 and 2016. “The U.S. is experiencing a severe housing affordability crisis, resulting in households having to make difficult trade-offs between paying for a place to live and basic health necessities such as food,” write the authors. “Rental assistance may mitigate these strains, improving food security and nutrition.” Read the study here ([link removed]) .

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