The group is responsible for exiting "mass care," Anchorage's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This work has led to identifying opportunities, designing plans, and preparing funding proposals to address gaps in the traditional housing and shelter system.
Current projects include:
- Complex Care Shelter - Sale closed March 30, will reopen in June
- Navigation Center & Shelter - In design, funding proposal is before the Assembly (AR 2022-111(S))
- Substance Misuse Residential Treatment - Design complete, renovation starting soon
- Workforce & Supportive Housing - Purchase agreement pending
- Housing for Special Populations (couples, elders, women, & LGBTQ+) - Pending state funding request
The group’s first project was to establish a complex needs shelter at the Sockeye Inn, which will be operated by Catholic Social Services to serve people jointly experiencing homelessness and complex medical needs.
Note: The Assembly delegates on the workgroup represent only themselves and not the full Assembly. Currently, Members Rivera and Perez-Verdia serve on the workgroup.