Complex Behavioral Health Community Task Force
The Behavioral Health Task Force was charged with identifying immediate needs and evaluating and presenting mid-to-long-term solutions to Municipal and State agencies to support individuals in our community who have complex behavioral health needs. The task force presented
recommendations s to support those impacted by the closure of emergency cold weather shelter plan locations, including the Sullivan Arena, on June 1, 2023.
leadership summit on August 29, 2023, the Task Force submitted its final report recommending solutions to policy makers and it was accepted by the Anchorage Assembly at the September 12, 2023 Regular Meeting.
Complex Behavioral Health Task Force Final Report
Allowed Camps Community Task Force
The Sanctioned Camps Task Force was charged with evaluating and presenting recommendations to the Anchorage Assembly and Municipal Administration regarding the feasibility of sheltering community options including allowed camps, pallet shelters, modular buildings and relocatable temporary buildings.
The group evaluated the feasibility of dignified, temporary sheltering options to make recommendations to the Assembly in alignment with AR 2023-167, As Amended, which declared a policy of dispersed placement of services and programs for homeless persons across the Anchorage Bowl.
On May 17, AHD Homelessness Coordinator Michael Hughes presented his research on models for sanctioned camping from across the country to the Sanctioned Camp Community Task Force. Review the presentation.
On Monday, May 22, the Sanctioned Camp Community Task Force announced recommendations for locating, developing and supplying sanctioned camps across the Municipality to address immediate needs. On Tuesday, June
6, the Assembly adopted
an amended version of the Task Force's immediate needs recommendations.
The task force's final recommendations for allowed camps and other sheltering community options were finalized by their July 6, 2023 due date and accepted into the record at the July 11 Regular Assembly Meeting.
Allowed Camps Task Force Final Recommendations
Forest Park Trailer Park
The Forest Park Trailer Park suffered significant damage to its infrastructure during the 2018 earthquake and its water well sources, water distribution and teatment system and sewage infrastructure are in a state of disrepair. An AR laid on the table at the April 25 Regular Assembly Meeting charged the Housing &
Homelessness Committee with reporting back to the full Assembly on the feasible short-term remediation options and the long-term solutions to resolve the current crisis at Forest Park.
The committee's final Forest Park Mobile Home Park Report was issued on May 25.
Forest Park Final Report