Questions? Call ANHC's Outreach Team at (907) 743-7220.
They are available to help you apply for benefits!
Last updated: June 1, 2021
Emergency Broadband Internet Benefit: Temporary discount on monthly broadband internet bills for qualifying low-income households. Lifeline program users, visit your current service provider to add the broadband benefit. More information.
Find a food pantry open today in Anchorage.
View a map of hot meal and food pantry distribution sites in Anchorage.
The Children's Lunchbox: Click here for pick-up locations and hours.
Anchorage School District Summer 2021 Food Service Program: Find more information here.
Emergency Food Box Distribution: Click here for more information about The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
SNAP COVID-19 Resources: Click here for more information.
Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (Pandemic-EBT): Click here for more information. (Program currently on hold.)
Friends in Serving Humanity (FISH): FISH delivers emergency food aid to people in need in Anchorage. Click here for more information.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program: WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods, and referrals to other services as needed. They are currently enrolling families by phone. Call the Anchorage WIC office at (907) 343-4668.
Alaska Job Center Network staff members are providing resume and job application assistance over the phone. The main number for all Alaska Job Center locations is 1-877-724-2539.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is also providing assistance by phone. Their number is (907) 269-3580.
The Health Insurance Marketplace (aka “Obamacare”) is open again for enrollment through August 15!
ANHC's Outreach and Enrollment team can help you enroll. Contact them at (907) 743-7220 to schedule an appointment for assistance. You can also visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to sign up. Se hablan español.
The program has been extended and applications will be accepted through August 31. ANHC's Outreach and Enrollment team can also help you apply! Give them a call at (907) 743-7220. Se hablan español.
Bean's Cafe: The Sullivan Arena is operating as a temporary homeless shelter in order to provide spacing between clients. Meal service normally provided at Bean's Cafe is now being provided at the Sullivan Arena. Click here for more information.
Brother Francis Shelter: The Brother Francis Shelter is open to the elderly and individuals with disabilities who do not have housing.
Downtown Hope Center: The Downtown Hope Center is open for meals and as a women's shelter.
These housing assistance agencies have temporarily closed their offices to the public. They are still accepting applications by mail and are available by phone.
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Website. Phone: (907) 330-6100
Cook Inlet Housing Authority. Website. Phone: (907) 793-3020
Neighborworks Alaska. Website. Phone: (907) 677-8490
Alaska Housing Relief Rental Assistance: The February and March rental assistance application period is closed. For reminders about the next round of funding and information about housing relief, visit alaskahousingrelief.org.
Alaska 2-1-1 is a one-stop resource for finding help in your community. It's free, confidential, and available in almost any language. For life challenges and everyday needs, help starts here. They are available to answer your questions about COVID-19 (although they can't provide medical advice). Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221. They are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week.
***Call 2-1-1 for help with rental assistance and tax preparation.***
Find answers to frequently asked questions at Alaska Law Help. Topics include housing and utilities, unemployment, workers' rights, and public benefits.
Questions about your lease? Problems with your rental unit? The Alaska Legal Services Landlord Tenant Helpline is open Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anchorage callers: (907) 743-1000. Statewide callers: 855-743-1001 (toll-free)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Anchorage is offering online support groups. The meetings are offered at no cost. Pre-registration is required. Learn more here.
Careline: Alaska's suicide prevention and someone to talk to line.
Call anytime, toll-free: 1-877-266-4357 (HELP)
Text 4help to 839863 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Please be aware that the Gambell St. and Muldoon Rd. public assistance offices are now closed. The new, consolidated public assistance office is located in the University Center (3901 Old Seward Highway, Suite 131).
Public Assistance Virtual Contact Center: 800-478-7778
Public assistance offices email address:
Apply for unemployment benefits online here.
Are you self-employed? The CARES act created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to individuals that are self-employed and not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. The department will begin accepting applications for newly covered small business owners in approximately four weeks. Find more information here.