Mass Care Exit Plan

From Homeless to Stably Housed


The Homeless to Stably Housed Plan is a product of a bipartisan workgroup formed by several members of the Anchorage Assembly, the Bronson administration, and community partners. Members have been working together since August 2021 to develop a plan to transition away from mass care at sites like the Sullivan Arena, toward an integrated client and community-centered approach. This work is part of a larger, comprehensive homeless prevention and response plan, called Anchored Home, which is supported by over 40 local service providers and community partners working together with the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness.


The Anchorage Assembly is currently considering the workgroup's proposal for a navigation center and shelter, AR 2022-111(S). The workgroup held a listening session on April 25 and presented to the Assembly on April 28. Upcoming meetings on this topic include:

  • AR 2022-111(S) on May 10 Regular Meeting Agenda, Item 13.A.
  • Basher Community Council presentation, May 12
  • Campbell Park Community Council presentation, May 18
  • Navigation center community meeting, May 19
  • Abbott Community Council presentation, May 26


  • Homeless to Housed Overview [link]
  • Navigation Center & Sheltering Plan [link]
  • Navigation center work session presentation, May 9, 2022 [link]
  • Navigation center presentation, May 4, 2022 [link]
  • Listening Session Recording, April 25, 2022 [link]
  • Site selection [RFI] | [Addendum] | [Questions]
  • Our community partners [link]
  • Press conference on Homeless to Stably Housed Plan, April 25, 2022 [link]
  • Our community partners [link]
  • Mass care shelter dashboard [link]

Project Overview

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.


Status Reports

  • May 4, 2022 [link]
  • April 12, 2022 [link]
  • March 31, 2022 [link]
  • March 25, 2022 [link]
  • March 16, 2022 [link]
  • March 12, 2022 [link]
  • March 7, 2022 [link]
  • February 21, 2022 [link]
  • January 31, 2022 [link]
  • January 18, 2022 [link]
  • January 10, 2022 [link]

Media & Press