Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Programs
continuum of care (CoC) program
The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (AKCH2) carries out the day to day management of the Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC) Grant Program (AK-501). Between a combination of HUD and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), the CoC program is designed to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
The Balance of State CoC geographic area covers all of Alaska, outside of the city of Anchorage, and is the largest in size in the country. To participate in the Anchorage CoC Program (AK-500), please visit the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness website.
Point in time count, Housing inventory count, and project homeless connect
Homeless population and service utilization data is a vital tool for successful strategic housing planning processes for state and local communities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the collection of Point in Time (PIT) Count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) data for one night each year to assist in measuring the extent of homelessness within Alaska. This data is also used to advocate for federal and state funding to assist Alaska’s homeless.
AKCH2 organizes statewide efforts to complete a thorough and methodologically sound PIT/HIC count on an annual basis. Several local coalitions organize Project Homeless Connect (PHC) events during the PIT count in an effort to connect as many individuals with services in their community. For additional information and PIT/HIC/PHC forms, please click "Learn More" below. Historical data can be found on the Alaska Homeless Data Dashboard.
SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) is a national program that provides strategic planning, training, and technical assistance to help state and community efforts to increase access to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) by eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The training component of SOAR has moved to an online curriculum on the SOAR WORKS website. This is an estimated 16-hour course for case managers that is most effective if completed within one month.
SOAR WORKS also has technical assistance videos, explanations of the SOAR process, and other resources on the website.