Partnership to Expand Available Housing Rentals with On-site Support Services for Homeless Individuals
A new initiative between Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) and partnering organizations will create expanded housing opportunities with comprehensive recovery treatment options for those experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health disorders.
Funded through a $2 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, the Anchorage Grants to Benefit Homeless Individuals (GBHI) Collaboration is a partnership between CITC, the Municipality of Anchorage’s Housing and Homelessness Coordination Initiative (HHCI), the Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. (RurAL CAP), and the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH).
The collaboration will more than double the number of community housing rentals that provide substance abuse treatment services for homeless individuals in Anchorage.
Serving nearly 400 individuals over five years, the project will emphasize meeting the needs of Alaska Native and American Indian people by providing access to treatment and assistance to maintain permanent housing.
“Stable housing is a fundamental requirement for people seeking self-sufficiency,” said CITC President and CEO Gloria O’Neill. “A safe and nurturing environment allows individuals to focus on other goals in their lives, and provides a foundation for overcoming addiction, finding employment, and facing other challenges,” O’Neill said.
In addition to needed housing, the partnership will provide access to on-site recovery and behavioral services, and referrals for other resources supporting the health and well-being of individuals experiencing homelessness.
"This initiative addresses gaps in critical services for those living on the streets," said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. "It will make a difference in the lives of people who are homeless, and will make Anchorage healthier for everyone."
RurAL CAP’s Supportive Housing division will serve a significant role in the project by assisting individuals in moving toward economic independence through street-based outreach for housing and related services that address the frequently interrelated experience of homelessness, addiction, and mental illness.
“RurAL CAP is proud of our long-standing relationship with the initiative’s partners, and of the vital community impact we anticipate will result from this collaborative endeavor,” said RurAL CAP CEO Dr. Gary Ferguson. “We are grateful for the opportunity to voice our commitment to the project, and to the health and well-being of the people we serve.”