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Homeless Leadership Team

The Mayor’s Homeless Leadership Team (HLT) was established as part of Mayor Sullivan’s Strategic Action Plan to deal with Chronic Public Inebriates and Related issues of Homelessness in Anchorage. The HLT is comprised of numerous social service and government agencies and is reflective of the Municipality’s collaborative approach to dealing with this serious social and public safety issue.

Unlike the Anchorage Coalition on Homelessness, or it’s Executive Oversight Board who are actively working on solutions for the entire population of homeless individuals and families in Anchorage, the HLT’s focus is on that small number of citizens who are homeless and have chronic substance abuse and/or mental health issues.  The purpose of the HLT is to provide the Mayor with short and long term strategies for effectively managing the challenges this population creates and to assist with identifying and leveraging community resources for implementing those strategies.

The HLT has three main objectives:
·         Reduce deaths amongst chronically homeless alcoholics
·         Reduce violence to and among the chronically homeless alcoholics
·         Reduce neighborhood impacts from chronically homeless alcoholics

To meet these objectives, the HLT has formed five work groups, listed on the left,  that are each tasked with creating supportable action plans. 

In May 2010 the HLT submitted their initial recommendations to Mayor Sullivan. The Resources and Documents page containis links to the DRAFT recommendations document and portfolio of supporting documents.

    • Health and Human Services
    • Director: Melinda Freemon
    • 825 L Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-6718

HLT Members

Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
Alaska Native Health Board
Alaska Native Justice Center
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Anchorage Assembly
Anchorage City Church (Beacon Hill)
Anchorage Community Land Trust
Anchorage Community Mental Health Services
Anchorage Fire Department
Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission
Anchorage Police Department
Anchorage Responsible Beverage Retailers Association
Catholic Social Services
Alaska Department of Corrections
Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Covenant House Alaska
Alaska Department of Law
Department of Community Planning & Development, Anchorage
Department of Health and Human Services, Anchorage
Anchorage Health and Human Services Commission
Division of Behavioral Health, State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Faith-Based & Community Initiatives
Homeward Bound - Rural Cap
Housing and Neighborhood Development Commission
US Housing and Urban Development
Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center
Pathways to Sobriety
Rasmuson Foundation
Salvation Army Alaska
Southcentral Foundation
Standing Together Against Rape
UAA Justice Center
United Way of Anchorage
US Department of Veteran’s Affairs