Hear this panel discussion on homelessness in Anchorage

A man sits on a bed with a bunch of knives and other tools and leafs through a white notebook
Allen Lavont Jefferson talks about his plans for volunteer work in his tent in Anchorage’s Mountain View neighborhood in August, 2021 (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)

This episode of Addressing Alaskans features a panel representatives from local organizations examining solutions to homelessness. The event was hosted by Rep. Ivy Spohnholz and moderated by Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend.


  • Jasmine Boyle: Anchorage Coalition on Ending Homelessness
  • Michelle Brown: Rasmuson Foundation
  • Dr. Sharon Chamard: Faculty at the UAA Justice Center
  • Meg Zaletel: Chair, Anchorage Assembly Committee on Housing and Homelessness
    Terrence Shanigan: Director of Legislative Affairs, Mayor Bronson administration

BROADCAST: Sunday, August 22, 2021

RECORDED: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at the Wilda Marston Theater


Addressing Alaskans features local lectures and forums recorded at public events taking place in Southcentral Alaska. A variety of local organizations host speakers addressing topics that matter to Alaskans. To let us know about an upcoming community event that you would like to hear on Addressing Alaskans, please contact us with details.

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Ammon Swenson is Alaska Public Media’s Audio Media Content Producer. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from UAA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and integrated media. He’s previously worked for KRUA radio, the Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light.

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