Estimated Rate of Homelessness
in Alaska by Year, 2001-2010
Figure 10 is an estimate based on data from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Winter Survey Reports. According the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the following factors may have led to the recent increase in homelessness: (1) rising rent and utility costs; (2) two school districts (Mat-Su and Juneau) participated in the survey that had not done so previously; (3) AHFC found it had “over-issued” its allocation of vouchers and so no new households were called up from the waiting list between May and September 2008; and (4) some transitional housing beds were converted to “treatment” beds.36
The AHFC survey is completed annually on a predetermined day by community volunteers and providers of services for homeless people. Although the survey has many limitations, including low survey return rates, it does provide some idea of the number of homeless Alaskans and their characteristics.36
Source: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Homeless Service Providers Survey Reports
(Email from K. Duncan, MSW, 6/3/09) Data reflects total homeless numbers reported by agencies, with duplicates removed.