More Than 1,000 Homeless Alaskans Assisted
More than 1,000 people facing homelessness are currently being supported statewide by Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s Housing Stabilization and Recovery program.
The program began in February 2022 with a goal to provide short-term housing stabilization resources, as well as ongoing support and rental assistance, to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our communities.
In late August, 1,034 people representing more than 800 households were being served. Of those, 269 were children younger than 18. All of the participants were previously living on the street or in shelters, and/or were victims of domestic violence or trafficking before entering the program.
The results are being seen across the state. Alaska Housing is working closely with non-profit partners and homeless population outreach is taking place in 10 communities.
Alaska’s largest cities, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau are seeing the highest number of enrolled clients. Southeastern cities Ketchikan, Petersburg and Prince of Wales are getting residents enrolled and housed, as are Bethel, Kenai, Kodiak and the Mat-Su Valley.
Steady Increase in Households Helped
In late March 2022, 103 active households were being supported through Housing Stabilization and Recovery. By the end of August, that number had increased to 688 households being supported.
Making a Difference
To date, 76 households have progressed out of the program. Of those, 49 households restored their self sufficiency, while another 27 were transferred to a new funding source.
Housing Stabilization and Recovery is making a difference in the lives of Alaskans every day. It demonstrates the value of innovative problem solving, as well as the importance of partnerships that allow us to amplify our collective resources and better help those we serve.