The JHC is managed by a steering committe consisting of five members: two co-chairs, Dan Austin of St. Vincent de Paul and Mandy O'Neal Cole of the Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies, treasurer Joanne Wiitta of Tlingit & Haida Regional Housing Authority, and member-at-large, Kiel Renick of the Glory Hole. The Coalition is supported by Jessy Post, JEDC's Homelessness Coordinator, with funding from the CBJ.
In 2006, the Juneau Coalition on Housing and Homelessness presented its Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. We are now working to expand the plan and develop its material, including a comprehensive catalog of all needs perceived by the Coalition, and involving stakeholders from the business, finance, and government sectors.
Meetings & Presentations
The Juneau Coalition on Housing & Homelessness meets every third Thursday at Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority at 5446 Jenkins Drive, from 11:30 - 1:00 pm. The public is welcome.
2012 Regular Meeting Minutes
- January 19 Approved
- February 12 Approved
- March 15 Approved
- April 19 Approved
- May 17 Annual Retreat Summary Approved
- June 21 Approved
- August 16 Approved
- September 20 Approved
- October 25 Approved
- November 15 Approved
- December 20 Approved
- January 17 Approved
- February 21 Approved
- March 21 Approved
- April 25 Approved
- May 16 Draft
JHC Sponsored Brown Bag Lunch Presentations at Alaska State Museum
- Dan Austin: "Silver Tsunami" senior housing challenges and solutions
- Scott Ciambor: Alaska's Inadequate Housing Stock
Initiatives & Resources
- Project Homeless Connect (PHC) will be held January 28, 2013. PHC is an annual event held at Centennial Hall which brings Juneau's homeless and inadequately housed citizens together with service providers to collect accurate data and receive services.
- Juneau Registry Week, completed the week of March 26, 2012, was an outreach effort to survey and assess the homeless where they sleep.
- Housing Solutions for Chronic Inebriates - Find information about the failure of traditional continuum of care processes and information about "wet shelters" for homeless/chronic inebriates.
- Homeless Medical Respite Program started as a pilot program funded by Bartlett Hospital and an anonymous donor. After a year's successful operation about 20 homeless patients have accessed the program to receive post operative and recuperative care including lodging, food and medical treatment in cost-effective and safe surroundings.
In 2002, a number of local non-profit (501(c)(3)) organizations formed the Juneau Homeless Coalition in a unified effort to provide the vision and leadership required to develop and implement a plan to end homelessness in Juneau. Committee members and stakeholders in the planning process included homeless youth and adults, faith communities, philanthropy groups, businesses, local government, non-profit social service providers, non-profit housing developers, and advocates.
The Coalition formed out of the recognition that homelessness affects everybody, not just the poor. The strongest community for all is one where everybody has access to safe, decent housing, and can adequately address their basic needs. We believe anyone can
Since its inception, the Coalition has sponsored and received joint grant applications, worked with the City and Borough of Juneau to lend its expertise on affordable housing, hosted statewide conferences, developed community education and outreach tools, conducted research on homeless populations in Juneau, and engaged in municipal and legislative advocacy. The Coalition endeavors to keep its membership and scope broad, recognizing that homelessness is most often an end result of many interrelated causes, and that these causes act as social pressures that directly influence the prevalence of the homeless in our community.
The uniting purpose of the Juneau Homeless Coalition is to move beyond agency borders and work together to address and end homelessness. Individually, we each work on only one part of the puzzle: together, we work comprehensively to address the whole. When we come together, we take our agency hats off at the door, meaning we consider priorities for the community first. We share expertise from our own agency perspective, but we place our collective strength behind solutions and actions that we know are the most needed, regardless of the agency that benefits. We work to collaborate, consolidate, and communicate toward the goal of ending the hopelessness of homelessness in Juneau.
In practice, this philosophy allows us to demonstrate unparalleled collaboration to funders, maximizing dollars to the community; to consolidate resources and leverage scarce funding across multiple agencies; to communicate more between agencies,
allowing us to better serve our client base; to coordinate public education and outreach efforts far more than we co do on our own; and to coordinate our advocacy efforts to address homelessness in the sphere of public policy, accomplishing more than we would do as fragmented advocates without coalition support.
Three Branches of Effort
Research & Planning
- Gaps analysis – identify consensus priorities
- track shifting trends, short and long-term
- collect data on homeless population to use for grant applications
- share experiences
- the venue for discovering collaboration
Education & Outreach
- Media initiatives
- Education materials (calendars, brochures, etc)
- Public events – poetry reading and speak out in 2006, gallery exhibit in 2007
- Appearance at public forums – the Homeownership Fair, Housing Summit, etc
- Strengthening connections with businesses and others outside our network
- Local: affordable housing for low-income families, panhandling, etc
- State: funding for related programs, new laws and ordinances that affect our target populations, the Alaska Housing Trust Fund
- National: national programs that channel funds to Alaska, such as McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, or the National Housing Trust Fund
Juneau Homeless Coalition Members
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE)
Alaska AIDS Assistance Association (4As)
Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ACH2)
Alaska Housing Development Corporation
Alaska Housing and Finance Corporation
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Catholic Community Service
City and Borough of Juneau
The Front Street Clinic/SEARHC
Gastineau Human Services Corporation
The Glory Hole
Cathy Johnson, Residential Mortgage Consultant
J. Ellen Moore
Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc (JAMHI)
Juneau Economic Development Council
Juneau School District
Juneau Youth Services, Inc.
Laura Lucas Design
Love, In the Name of Christ
Rainforest Recovery Center
SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center
St. Vincent de Paul
Sims Foster Group Home
Southeast Alaska Food Bank
Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA)
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL)
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)
Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority
United Way of Southeast Alaska
Zach Gordon Youth Center