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

Talk of Alaska: Alaska’s Housing Issues

Only 10 percent of Alaskans who experience homelessness are chronically homeless. Families and individuals often become homeless because they lose jobs or because the cost of housing is too high. So what can we do about it?

On this episode of Talk of Alaska, host Anne Hillman explores the causes of homelessness and housing shortages statewide, and some of the potential solutions.

Guests include Scott Ciambor with the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness; Dave Rose with the Mat-Su Coalition on Housing and Homelessness; Brian Shelton-Kelley with NeighborWorks Anchorage; and Sue Steinacher with the Nome Emergency Shelter Team.

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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.