Innovative Program to Address Youth Homelessness Launched
We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program specifically for transition-aged youth ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness—this is the first and only PSH program of its kind in Alaska.
This innovative program is part of a national demonstration project to address homelessness at a younger age. Anchorage was selected as one of ten local communities in the US to participate, and thanks to generous investments from HUD and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, VOA Alaska will be able to assist 15 individuals move from homelessness into secure and stable housing.
PSH has a significant body of research around its effectiveness. This intervention combines affordable housing and support services to address homelessness, economic instability, and poor health outcomes. Nationally, this program has not before been provided to transition-aged youth. VOA Alaska will be adapting PSH to demonstrate its effectiveness in the overall strategy to end youth homelessness in our state.