The Mayor's Action Plan for Chronic Public Inebriates and the Related Issues of Homelessness
On August 31, 2009, Mayor Sullivan released his strategy for dealing with issues of chronic substance abuse and homelessness within the Municipality of Anchorage. I was honored when the Mayor asked the Department of Health and Human Services to take the lead on this initiative, and welcomed the addition of the Municipality's new Homeless Coordinator, Darrel Hess, here at DHHS.
As Mayor Sullivan has stated, we want to see a significant reduction in the number of chronic public inebriates within the Municipality. Our goals are to reduce the death and violence rates to and among those who are currently homeless and have substance abuse issues, and to make our neighborhoods and parks a safe place for all those who work and reside in our city.
To create and implement effective solutions for this specific population, there needs to be one coordinated effort. It is for this reason that we created the Homeless Leadership Team. By bringing together community partners and resources, our city can have a significant positive impact on the lives of not only those who make up a part of our most vulnerable population, but all of the Municipality's residents and visitors. We may never be able to completely end homelessness and substance abuse in our community, but I believe that this unified approach is a move in the right direction.
Director, Department of Health and Human Services
Britteny Matero, Public Health Initiatives and Partnerships Division Manager 907-343-6513
Need Assistance Now?
There are resources available in Anchorage to assist individuals and families who are homeless or are facing homelessness.
If you are nearing homelessness, please dial 2-1-1 to be connected to a local operator that can put you in touch with Anchorage social service agencies.
If you are currently homeless, please call 211 or the Municipality's Safety Links Program at 343-6589 for a list of service providers.