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

Everyone deserves a roof over their head

No matter where you live, whether it’s Anchorage, a smaller community on the road system, or in the Bush, the cost and availability of housing affects you.

Then there are the nearly 1,800 Alaskans who don’t have any place to call home. There are a number of issues that lead to homelessness and trying to understand and explain them will be part of our challenge as we move forward with “A Roof.”

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46.7%

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

1,786

Estimated number of homeless people in Alaska in 2014.

$1,100

Average rent in Alaska.

$300,000

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, and NCADD-Juneau, in partnership with the Juneau Clean Air Coalition.