Preventing homelessness and why it matters

Two people and a dog curl up near a boiler room on Shattuck Way on Jan. 20, 2017 in downtown Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

Thousands of Alaskans have been homeless, but the number would be much higher if organizations and individuals didn’t work to prevent it. On the next Talk of Alaska, we’re discussing solutions for preventing homelessness, and why it affects everyone in the state, not just the families who experience it.

This episode is part of a Solutions Desk series about life on the brink of homelessness. Hear the story of one man whose life hit an unexpected speed bump that almost made him lose his home and his dreams. Listen here.


HOST: Anne Hillman


  • Robin Dempsey – Homeless Family Services Program Director at Catholic Social Services
  • Dave Rose – Coordinator for the Mat-Su Coalition on Housing and Homelessness


Alaska 2-1-1 (list of current resources): Call 2-1-1 or
Mat-Su Coalition on Housing and Homelessness:
Catholic Social Services:


  • Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast
  • Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).
  • Send email to (comments may be read on air)

LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.

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Anne Hillman is the healthy communities editor at Alaska Public Media and a host of Hometown, Alaska. Reach her at Read more about Anne here.

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