Community Resources

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Questions? Call ANHC's Outreach Team at (907) 743-7220. 

They are available to help you apply for benefits!

Last updated: September 9, 2021

Food Assistance

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.

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Baby Supplies

 

Free diapers, wipes, and other baby essentials are available every other Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Alaska Adoption Services (610 E 5th Ave., Ste. 100). There are no income or other eligibility requirements at this time. Please bring a valid form of ID.

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Child Care

 

Thread helps families connect with quality early care and education, including child care assistance.

Employment Assistance

 

(Scroll down for information about unemployment benefits.)

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.

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Health Insurance Marketplace

 

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.

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Housing Assistance

 

Big news from the Rent Relief Program! Alaska Housing Finance Corporation invites Alaskans to apply for new rent relief from September 13, 2021, to October 1, 2021.

Alaskans in need of rental assistance should check their eligibility and pre-register at alaskahousingrelief.org to begin the process. You will receive regular information about the program via email and text message. Eligible Alaska renters may receive up to three months of rent and/or utility assistance paid directly to landlords and utility companies.

The moratorium on rental evictions has expired. Here are some resources:

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Information

 

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.***

Internet

 

Emergency Broadband Benefit: Receive a temporary discount on monthly broadband internet bills for qualifying low-income households. (You may also qualify through an eligible child.)


Patients who use the Lifeline (cell phone) program may go to their current service provider (GCI, AT&T, Verizon, etc) to add the broadband benefit.

Legal Services

 

Alaska Legal Services assists clients with civil legal issues, including consumer law, domestic violence, family law, and issues with housing. Click here to apply for assistance.

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)

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Mental Health Resources

 

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

Public Assistance

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: hss.dpa.offices@alaska.gov

Unemployment Benefits

  • Apply for unemployment benefits online here.

  • Unemployment benefits FAQ

  • 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.