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A collaborative effort making workforce housing affordable and accessible in Alaska.

Grantee Stories

A place for teenagers to go when they don’t have any other place…

On this cold December evening, as a group of citizens in this Anchorage community gather in a little downtown park, I remember a March night in 1983. Three teenagers, Samantha, Kris and I were somewhere in the Tennessee hills, on a Trailways bus, leaving behind chaos and confusion, bad parents, bad friends, bad lives, heading for something, anything better.

Grantee Stories

Safe Harbor is all about respect and dignity

The boarded up house on Anchorage’s East Third Avenue was too wretched to imagine people ever living there, people who kept the lawn mowed and put out the trash every week. Walls stripped and weeping moisture, it emitted a rot that burned the nose and turned the stomach.

Grantee Stories

Haven House

Haven House is a very special place here on the South Kenai Peninsula. Many lives are saved in this humble little clapboard building. Many lives are indeed begun anew. From personal experience (hey, all art is personal, right?) I have been impressed by the casual yet passionate way with which Peg Tileman (the former executive director featured here) and staff deal with domestic violence across all walks of life.

Initiative News

Housing Anchorage: Breaking gridlock. Breaking ground.

There are too few housing units to meet the current and projected housing needs in Anchorage. This is a real problem for victims of domestic violence, for working families, for job seekers, and kids returning from college. Rasmuson Foundation is embarking on a collaboration, Housing Anchorage, to find broad-based community solutions to improve the viability of housing options for Anchorage's workforce and spur economic growth.

Grantseeking Tips

Calling on faith organizations

When communities of faith come together, there's no telling what impact they can generate. In this week's blog, Senior Program Associate Jeff Baird recounts the start of what may well be a very important ongoing conversation about serving Alaskans' basic needs.

Initiative News

RecoverAlaska.org launches today

With the launch this week of the Recover Alaska website, Program Officer Aleesha Towns-Bain writes about Recover Alaska and its work, including State of Intoxication, the year-long journalism project undertaken in partnership with the Anchorage Daily News. The news coverage has raised controversial issues, highlighted solutions that show promise, and featured brave Alaskans sharing their stories. It's raised the level of discussion - and that's the first step.

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