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Anchorage Summer Point-In-Time Count Shows Reductions in Homelessness

Despite challenging economy and environment, survey shows progress across the board



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Anchorage, AK Today, the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH), along with the partners of the Anchorage Plan to End Homelessness released the results of a summer Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count & Survey conducted in May 2017. The survey results show a distinct positive trend in homelessness reduction, despite ongoing economic and employment challenges in Anchorage.

The PIT homeless count is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is conducted nationwide in January of each year. The summer PIT count is undertaken voluntarily by the Anchorage Community in order to focus on continuous improvement and measurement of the work being done to end homelessness.

“The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness along with its partners, the United Way and the Municipality of Anchorage, has been focused on permanent housing coupled with supportive services. The 2017 PIT results show that this strategy is working,” said Lisa Aquino, Board Chair for the ACEH. “Since this work began in 2016, we are seeing the numbers of unsheltered, chronically homeless individuals start to decrease. With the support of strong local partners, we are committed to working together to end chronic homelessness and continue down the path toward creating a system where no one has to be without permanent housing.”

 

The summer PIT count of 2017 revealed:

  • there were 540 people in shelter compared with 467 at the same time in 2016, a 13.5% overall reduction or 73 less people, sheltered and less vulnerable to life on the street or in the forests;

  • the number of homeless adults 25 and over went from 902 down to 800, an 11.3% reduction or 102 less people homeless

  • young adults 18-24 saw the biggest reduction going from 435 in 2016 to 300 in 2017, a 31% reduction in young adult homelessness.

 

In depth information on the PIT and other information related to Anchorage’s work to end Homelessness, can be found on ACEH’s data dashboard at: https://www.icalliances.org/alaska-data-and-reports or at the Municipality of Anchorage’s new open-data page at: https://data.muni.org/. To learn more about the work of United Way to end homelessness please visit: https://www.liveunitedanc.org/


The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to advocate for and implement strategies to prevent homelessness and provide housing and work opportunities for all. Learn more at http://anchoragehomeless.org/

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