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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Mae Lee in her new apartment at Susitna Square. (Photo by Anne Hillman/KSKA)

New ways to fund housing in Anchorage opens doors for low-income families

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Two new affordable housing complexes are opening in Anchorage this fall. Tenants have already started moving into the 18-unit Susitna Square in East Anchorage. But building the developments required much…

Mike Hindman at the Brother Francis Shelter. (Photo by Anne Hillman/KSKA)

From working to homeless and back again — a story of hope from the Brother Francis Shelter

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People don’t usually plan to experience homelessness; life just takes unexpected turns. But for some guests of the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage, like Michael Hindman, the experience leaves them with more…

Ian opens the door to the motel room he shares with his mother, Karen. Their living situation has exposed the 5-year-old to conditions most students his age don’t have to confront. “He saw way too much in the last few weeks,” Karen says. Tess Vigeland/NPR

When A Budget Motel Is ‘Home,’ There’s Little Room For Childhood

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Just a couple of blocks off the 210 Freeway in San Bernardino, Calif., about an hour east of LA, rest a whole row of cheap, run-down motels. Some people stay…

Daniel Harmon, a veteran of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, looks out the window of his room at the Hollywood Veterans Center in Los Angeles. The facility provides housing to homeless vets.

The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win

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This is a tale of two cities. In New Orleans, there are signs of hope that veteran homelessness can be solved. But Los Angeles presents a very different picture. Under…

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.

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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.