From Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness <[email protected]>
Subject ACEH Weekly Digest
Date August 24, 2023 12:59 AM
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** Homeless Prevention & Response System
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** Senator Lisa Murkowski speaks at the Alaska Housing Summit, 08/21/2023.

** Thank you to all who attended virtually and in person!


** The Alaska Housing Summit 2023 highlighted housing in Alaska and was packed with information and relevant discussion.

Your support of this event is greatly appreciated. The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness and Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness will continue to convene these spaces and work together to provide equitable, affordable, and accessible housing.

This event was possible with the support of the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign and Rasmuson Foundation.
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Highlights from the Coalition

** Learn more about the homelessness prevention & response system in Anchorage!

Join the Homelessness Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council virtual meeting tomorrow, Thursday, August 23rd at 4 pm.

HPRS Advisory Council connects homeless service provider needs and issues to ACEH strategy. The Advisory Council is also a forum for members to learn about what is happening in homelessness response and share their thoughts and opinions.

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Meeting ID: 870 7123 1355
Passcode: 362033
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** August Project Homeless Connect is Today!


Thank you to all community partners and volunteers who are helping distribute the following necessities:
* food
* coordinated entry
* snack bags
* hygiene items
* potable water

* harm reduction supplies
* minor first aid supplies
* tarps
* blanket & sleeping bags
* clothing

** Upcoming:

The September Project Homeless Connect is scheduled for 11 AM - 6 PM on Wednesday, September 30th, at Cuddy Park, 201 E 40th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503.


** Would you like to get involved?
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Local Highlights

** Togetherness Summer Block Party

August 26, 12-5 p.m. at Valley of the Moon Park.
Covenant House Alaska

** Covenant House Alaska Community Open House

Covenant House Alaska is hosting their Community Open House on Wednesday, September 6th from 1-6 PM. All members of the community are invited to tour the facility and learn more about the myriad of programs and services Covenant House offers our youth.
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National Highlights
Community Solutions

** Homelessness is a systems problem
And systems can be improved to facilitate greater coordination and support.
Coordinated entry (CE) is a way to streamline and prioritize access to housing and services for people experiencing homelessness or housing instability. The power of CE lies in cooperation between local homelessness agencies and service providers, coupled with a shared understanding of guiding principles. This allows the separate organizations to work together as one unit instead of making individual decisions about who to serve and how best to serve them.

Washington, D.C., is just one of many Built for Zero communities implementing coordinated entry. The cross-sector team helps each stakeholder tap into real-time, by-name data and house veterans experiencing homelessness.

“It’s a coordinated process that ensures that no Veteran slips through the cracks,” explains Ilana Marmon, a coordinated entry specialist at the Washington VA Medical Center.
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U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

** Worst Case Housing Needs Report Shows Impact of Federal Pandemic Funds
HUD has released the executive summary ([link removed]) for its Worst Case Housing Needs: 2023 Report to Congress. The document illustrates the impact of federal pandemic-era resources and how these substantial investments kept people stably housed.
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More information on the Worst Case Housing Needs Report:
* Housing Instability Spiked During the Pandemic. Homelessness Didn’t. ([link removed]) (Bloomberg CityLab, 8/22/23)
* Rise in homelessness averted amidst worsening housing needs in 2021. What does this tell us about how to end homelessness in the U.S.? ([link removed]) (HUD Office of Policy Development and Research, 8/22/23)

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)

** Take the Survey: Working in the Homeless Services Sector
The Alliance is working to shape policies and practices that can better serve the workforce. You can assist in that effort by participating in a new Alliance  survey ([link removed]) .
Survey responses are open to anyone in the homeless services field, and the Alliance specifically needs your help to reach frontline workers.
Please feel free to share this survey ([link removed]) with colleagues in the field!
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National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

** Homelessness and Housing First

** HUD PD&R Quarterly Publication Explores Role of Housing First Model in Addressing Homelessness
HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research’s (PD&R) Spring/Summer 2023 issue of Evidence Matters ([link removed]) , a quarterly publication covering evidence-based policymaking, examines the role of the Housing First model in addressing homelessness. The issue reviews the evidence establishing Housing First as an effective method for ending homelessness, spotlights successful case studies from Boston and Chattanooga, and makes the case that homelessness can be solved if evidence-based practices are aligned with political will.
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