With a chill to the air in the mornings there is a sense that fall and winter are just around the corner. As the Chair for the Alaska Council on the Homeless, this time of year emphasizes the challenges ahead for Alaska’s homeless population. Homelessness is an extremely serious problem in all places, but unlike in many other states such as California, to be homes in Alaska in the wintertime can result in death.
This year AHFC received a budget appropriation from the Alaska legislature for $8 million to fund two programs, one of which is the Homeless Assistance Program which received $5.9 million that was distributed to 28 organizations in 13 communities statewide to benefit more than 12,500 homeless individuals and those threatened by homelessness. We work hard with our partners to provide necessary services and tools for communities and individuals in need and have seen a 6.4% (122 people) decrease in homelessness in Alaska and hope to increase that number to ensure all residents have access to shelter.
If you have any questions about the Alaska Council on the Homeless or our Homeless Assistance program, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.