A Roof is a yearlong project from 360 North and KTOO Public Media examining homelessness and affordable housing in Alaska.

A Roof: What We've Learned

“What We’ve Learned” is the fourth in a series of A Roof town hall discussions. A year since the launch of 360 North and KTOO’s series on housing and homelessness issues, host Casey Kelly and guests will talk about what we’ve learned during the project so far. They’ll discuss affordable housing, the current state of Alaska’s housing stock, homelessness, Housing First, transitional housing and more.

Airs Friday at 8 p.m. on 360 North.

A Roof: Brother Francis Shelter

With a nightly capacity of 240, the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage is the largest homeless shelter in Alaska. During the winter months, the shelter can serve even more people by utilizing the neighboring Bean’s Cafe. Hear from guests and staff about how the shelter helps people experiencing homelessness.

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Anchorage’s Housing First facility, Karluk Manor. (Photo courtesy of RurAL CAP)

Anchorage to double its Housing First capacity

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Anchorage is struggling with how to address serious and expensive problems stemming from chronic homelessness. On Tuesday, the new mayor’s administration announced a dramatic plan to more than double the city’s…

The Juneau Assembly on Monday. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)

Assembly addresses Juneau’s growing housing problem

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Much of the conversation at Monday’s Juneau Assembly meeting centered on housing and how Juneau could grow as a city. The Assembly approved $72,000 for a grant incentive program which…

Flowers in the fence over the Gold Creek bridge on Monday. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)

Authorities recover body under Gold Creek overpass

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Juneau police identified her as Macaria Wallace, age 51, of Kake.

Mats laid out at the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage. (Image courtesy of Catholic Social Services)

Clients say bullying is a problem at Anchorage homeless shelter

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Clients of the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage are agitating for change. They are frustrated with the way they are being treated at the shelter and with some of the policies.

The Tall Timbers Neighborhood Association filed its appeal in Superior Court June 19. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Tall Timbers takes Haven House appeal to court

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The Tall Timbers Neighborhood Association filed an appeal against the Juneau Planning Commission and Haven House in Superior Court June 19.

Homeless in Homer event - (Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI)

Youth start community talk about homelessness in Homer

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Community members from across the Kenai Peninsula packed the Homer Theatre earlier this month for the Homeless in Homer film screening and discussion panel.

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Homeless teens find help at My House

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In Wasilla, a three-part program called My House to help homeless teenagers operates out of a modest building not far from the city’s busy malls.

This concept drawing by MRV Architects shows the proposed Housing First project in Juneau. The facility would be built in Lemon Creek on land contributed by Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority.

Juneau to become third city in Alaska to shelter high-risk homeless

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Juneau will become the third city in Alaska to offer permanent supportive housing to the high-risk, chronically homeless. Those are the people who have been on the streets the longest, and may suffer from addiction or mental health issues.

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Percentage of new homes in Alaska built between 2002-2012 that were constructed in the Mat-Su


Estimated number of homeless people in Alaska in 2014.


Average rent in Alaska.


Average cost of a single-family home in Alaska.

Sources: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness

This project is funded by the Public Affairs Fund for Homelessness and Appropriate Affordable Housing. Contributors include the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, Northrim Bank and NCADD-Juneau, in partnership with the Juneau Clean Air Coalition.