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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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.

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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.

Haven House

In Juneau, Haven House appeal may be heading to court

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Haven House can continue operating in a Mendenhall Valley residential area after the Juneau Assembly denied a neighborhood association’s appeal. But the homeowners plan to take their fight against the transitional home for former female inmates to court.

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Housing Starts: Anchorage shelter to receive first salmon harvest

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Fifty pounds from the first Copper River salmon harvest of the year will go to Clare House, an Anchorage homeless shelter serving women and children.

Shiloh Community Housing, L.I.F.E. program

Youth receive guidance, second chances in Anchorage housing program

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Research shows that kids who age out of the foster care system are less likely to finish high school, find jobs, or go to college. One organization in Anchorage is trying to change the outcome for former foster kids and other young adults who need to learn the skills to live independently.

Juneau has a lack of affordable housing. The survey will help city contractors figure out how to solve that problem. (Photo by Justin Heard/KTOO)

Take a survey to help Juneau solve its housing issues

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The city is asking residents to take an online survey to help solve housing issues plaguing Juneau.

Haven House’s first resident, Delia Williams (left), sits with Haven House staff Jennifer Brown and Kara Nelson. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Former female inmates find support and a home in Juneau’s Haven House

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Haven House, Juneau’s first transitional home for women recently paroled or released from prison, is welcoming its first residents.

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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.