​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Adopting a Clean Slate​

On March 22, 2023 the Assembly approved AR 2023-97, As Amended,​​ a resolution adopting the “Clean Slate Strategy.” This resolution develops a process for the Assembly to solve the problem that has plagued the Municipality of Anchorage since 2020: Where will we put a new permanent year-round low-barrier shelter? 




​​All Shelter is Emergency Shelter

Those who seek shelter are experiencing an emergency. No matter what event brings someone to experience homelessness, finding shelter is a relief from the emergency they face. All shelter is emergency shelter. Establishing a new permanent, low-barrier year-round shelter is critical to offer relief for emergencies happening all year, not just in cold weather conditions.

Learn more about the types of shelter that serve people experiencing homeles​​​sness.​​


​​The Shelter ​Capacity Gap

​​We know from the 2022 Gap Analysis done by the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness that we have a need for an additional 200 shelter beds in the Municipality, of which 150 are for single adults. ​

The Anchored Home Plan is our community's plan to meet these needs and to solve homelessness. You have the opportunity to weigh in on the 2023-2028 edition.


Project Documents

Access steering and historical documents supporting the Clean Slate Strategy.​

Project ​ Timeline

The timeline below outlines the path ​to maximize public engagement and feedback throughout the process to get shelter up and running in 2024.

​​​Phase 1: Community Conversations to Unpack "Shelter"

This process will first look at our own assumptions of shelter, trying to get a sense of the good, the bad, and the ugly, and, most importantly, what shelter could be in our community. 

Phase 2: Community Engagement to Build Criteria

We’ll move on from there by hearing from constituents in a series of town halls that will help inform the Housing and Homelessness Committee as they discuss appropriate selection criteria for permanent year-round low-barrier shelter. ​After hashing that out in committee and getting a resolution adopting those criteria approved by the full Assembly, we will move on to looking at locations. 

Clean Slate Strategy Town Halls:  The Anchorage Assembly and Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness hosted town halls in early June to discuss what well-run shelters could look like in the Municipality of Anchorage, including discussions on shelter licensing, neighborhood mitigation, and examples of well-run shelters throughout the country. 

Site Selection Criteria: Based on community feedback, the Assembly Housing & Homelessness Committee drafted a resolution submitted to the Assembly for a public hearing at the July 11 Regular Assembly Meeting. The resolution was approved 9-2. 


Phase 3: Identifying Potential Locations WEB Buttons (7).pngWe are Here!WEB Buttons (7).png

What has been looked at historically? What locations are we missing that should be added to the list? 

The Housing and Homelessness Committee will review these locations, new and old, and scrub them through the adopted criteria. The remaining locations left on the list will be broug​ht back to the community through another series of town halls to get additional feedback. 

From here, the Housing and Homelessness Committee will take everything we’ve heard and learned in this process and pick a location among the remaining options. 

Phase 4: The Public Process

That location will go through all the appropriate Municipal processes and, at some point, an acquisition of the facility will be brought to the full Assembly for approval. ​ 

Timelin​e History

View previous versions of the Project Timeline.


​Committee on Housing & Homelessness

​Guide to Testimony

Projects Funded by Federal Relief​

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