From Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness <[email protected]>
Subject Upcoming Shelter Capacity Discussion: Wednesday October 21st at 11AM
Date October 20, 2020 9:36 PM
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** Upcoming Shelter Capacity Discussion: Tomorrow, Wednesday October 21st at 11am

Anchorage shelters have been reaching capacity as we enter into winter and as we continue to adjust the system to best protect our vulnerable community members during COVID-19.

The Anchorage Assembly Committee on Homelessness will meet tomorrow, Wednesday October 21st from 11 to 12:30 to discuss the city’s plan for additional winter shelter capacity and to review the recommendations the Center for Disease Control and Housing and Urban Development provided to the Anchorage Health Department after the late summer COVID-19 outbreak. You can find the recommendations in the CDC/HUD Field Report on the Response to COVID-19 Among Persons 14 Experiencing Homeless In Anchorage, Alaska ([link removed]) . This meeting will also include an overview of the Anchorage street outreach pilot. Agendas and handouts can be found at the Committee on Homelessness webpage ([link removed]) .

How The Public Can Participate In This Virtual Committee Meeting:
* Phone into Microsoft Teams meeting at: 907-519-0237
* Then enter the Conference ID Number: 250 639 806#
* Note: In case of Microsoft Teams failure, the meeting will resume using the following conference bridge: Conference Bridge Phone Number – (907) 273-5190 with Participant Code – 721227 #

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** Homelessness Prevention & Response System Advisory Council Meeting


** Pre-Register to Share Member or Public Comment by Noon Tomorrow

The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) will hold its monthly Homeless Prevention & Response System (HPRS) Advisory Council meeting Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 4 PM- 6 PM via Zoom at [link removed]. The meeting is open to ACEH members and the public.

The HPRS Advisory Council meeting will include the following:
* Monthly updates from the Homeless Prevention & Response System Advisory Council
* A special presentation by the Anchorage Reentry Coalition
* A special update from Nancy Burke, MOA regarding rapid rehousing and & shelter capacity
* You can view the full meeting agenda by clicking here: HPRS Advisory Council Meeting Agenda – 10/22/2020 ([link removed])
* Pre-Registered Member Comment and Public Comment

Public Comment:
* The last 20 minutes of the meeting will be reserved for pre-registered membership comment and public comment (time is limited to 3 minutes)
* If you would like to sign up for public comment please email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) by noon on Wednesday, October 21, 2020
* ACEH members in good standing* will have speaking priority
* To find out if you are a current member of ACEH or to become a member, please email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])

*To be in good standing membership dues must be postmarked in the mail at least 1 week prior to the monthly meeting. Members in good standing can vote and receive speaking priority during public comment all HPRS Advisory Council meetings.

** Relief Grants Available for Nonprofits in the Municipality of Anchorage
Applications will open for the Municipality of Anchorage Nonprofit Relief grant program at noon on Monday, October 19, 2020. The grant program will make available over $4,000,000 of CARES Act funds to eligible nonprofits, and $50,000 from the Rasmuson Foundation that will be dedicated to arts and culture nonprofits. Cook Inlet Lending Center (CILC) will process applications for this grant program and distribute the funds.

$2.5 million of the grant program will be set aside for general nonprofits, while $1.5 million of the grant program will be set aside for arts and culture nonprofits. Qualified applicants will be eligible to receive grants of $7,500, $15,000, or $30,000 depending on the recipient’s gross revenue.

The grants may be used to cover costs of operational interruptions caused by the COVID‐19 pandemic and local emergency orders, including loss of income, additional expenses incurred to protect staff and clients, and the cost of expanding critical charitable services to address the direct impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nonprofits are eligible if they have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and:
* They have been in operation in the Municipality of Anchorage since at least January 1, 2019
* They provide charitable services or perform charitable work that benefits Anchorage residents, organizations, or businesses
* They have 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), or 501(c)(19) status, as verified by a formal determination letter from the IRS

In addition to the above criteria, arts and culture nonprofits must fit within the following definition of arts or cultural organizations: An arts organization is a nonprofit with a primary purpose to produce or promote arts events, projects, or services. A cultural organization is a nonprofit with a primary purpose to engage in the promotion or preservation of cultural identities, histories, and traditional practices. Those entities that received relief funding as one of the Culture Pillars identified by the Anchorage Assembly, are not eligible for this round of funding.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020. Applications and more information can be found on the Cook Inlet Lending Center (CILC) website ([link removed]) .

** Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in the Housing & Homelessness Town Hall Series!

The Housing & Homelessness Town Hall Series was a huge success, and we look forward to more events in the future. The continuous engagement and high quality of the debate covered a lot of ground and provided voters the opportunity to hear candidates share their policy perspectives on these two important issues. Thank you to the following candidates for a robust discussion on housing and homelessness policy:
* Paul Bauer - House 16
* Senator Tom Begich - Senate J
* Roselynn Cacy - Senate District L
* James Canitz - House 13
* Representative Matt Claman - House District 21
* Carolyn Clift - Senate District N
* Representative Zack Fields - House 20
* Lyn Franks - House 15
* Roger Holland - Senate District N
* Andy Holleman - Senate District M
* Carl Johnson - Senate District N
* Representative Andy Josephson - House 17
* Suzanne LaFrance - House District 28
* Tom McKay - House District 24
* David Nees - House District 22
* Representative Sara Rasmussen - House District 22
* Senator Josh Revak - Senate District M
* Mike Risinger - House 14
* Calvin Schrage - House District 25
* Liz Snyder - House District 27
* Representative Ivy Spohnholz - House 16
* Representative Geran Tarr - House 19
* Stephen Trimble - House District 22
* Representative Chris Tuck - House District 23
* Senator Natasha von Imhof - Senate District L
* Senator Bill Wielechowski - Senate H

Thank you to all who viewed the event, shared with your friends and contributed valuable comments. A special thanks to our co-host The Anchorage Home Builder’s Association (AHBA) who have been wonderful partners in our mission to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time in Anchorage. We gratefully recognize the Anchorage Daily News who live-streamed all four events. Most importantly our sincerest gratitude to our sponsors Rasmuson Foundation, the Atwood Foundation, Northrim Bank and Seawolf Speech and Debate Program. These events were only made possible with your gracious support.

** Did you miss any of the Housing and Homelessness Town Hall Series?

Click below to watch the replay from the 10/8 Town Hall.
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** Continued...
Click below to watch the replay from the 10/8 Town Hall.
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** Click below to watch the replay from the 9/24 Town Hall.
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** Click below to watch the replay from the 9/17 Town Hall.
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** Click below to watch the replay from the 9/10 Town Hall.
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** Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) is Hiring!
AHFC has an open Planner I position, working with homeless service programs. The job posting is available on the AHFC website at ([link removed]) .

The Planner I may develop, coordinate and administer housing grant programs. Programs managed by the Planning and Program Development department primarily focus on expanding housing opportunities for low-to-moderate income Alaskans, seniors, the homeless, victims of domestic violence, and persons affected by disabilities.

This is a level 20 position with an annual salary of $67,736.88. Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and leave package.

A complete job description and online application may be obtained from the website at [link removed]. A new AHFC application must be submitted for each position (a resume may be attached).


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** Who is the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness?

ACEH is the convening body Homeless Prevention & Response System (HPRS), often also referred to as the Continuum of Care (CoC).

How do I become an ACEH member?
Individuals and organizations interested in participating in ACEH are encouraged to fill out an ACEH Membership Application ([link removed]) . This application offers membership and voting opportunities to guide ACEH and the Anchorage Homeless Response System in its work to make homelessness in our community rare, brief and one-time.

Send completed forms to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]?subject=ACEH%20Membership) with any questions you may have about membership.

Membership scholarships are available for an agency or individual who lacks the financial resources as determined by the Advisory Council. Membership fees are waived for individuals experiencing homelessness or those with lived experience.

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