Housing & Homelessness Town Hall Series
The Anchorage Home Builder’s Association (AHBA) and the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) have partnered with the Seawolf Speech and Debate Program, the Anchorage Daily News, and Rasmuson Foundation to host four live-streamed candidate town hall discussions for upcoming state elections.
This is intended to be a neutral platform for candidates to discuss their perspectives and policy goals on the suite of issues pertaining to housing and homelessness in Anchorage. This opportunity provides a forum to share information with the community on the systemic challenges to residential development, housing affordability, and addressing homelessness.
The need for this platform has been emphatically endorsed by both private builders as well as non-profit affordable housing and service providers: namely the cost/difficulty erecting four walls within the Municipality is a major (but poorly understood/appreciated) barrier to improving the quality and affordability of our housing stock; this is true throughout the entirety of the price spectrum and has a direct impact on the building industry, cost and availability of local labor, and access to affordable housing. Simultaneously, there is a public outcry to address impacts of homelessness in our community that struggles to meaningfully engage with homelessness’ root causes. While many socioeconomic challenges make homelessness more complex- experts internationally conclude that solutions to homelessness start and end with a home. This is particularly relevant as Anchorage prepares for the economic impacts of COVID-19 and its potential to significantly increase new homelessness.
Part 1: September 10
Senate District H (East Anchorage/Eagle River) and House Districts 13, 14, 15, and 16
Part 2: September 17
Senate District J (Mt. view, Downtown, Midtown, Spenard) and House Districts 17, 18, 19, 20
Part 3: September 24
Senate Districts K (West Anchorage, Sand Lake, Dimond, Oceanview) and House Districts - 21, 22, 23, 24
Part 4: October 1
Senate Districts M & N (South Anchorage/ Hillside) and House Districts 25, 26, 27, 28