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: July 7, 2021

New Resources

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.

Anchorage School District Summer School Options: Find general information here and program flyers here (available in English, Hmong, and Samoan).

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

 

Catholic Social Services is distributing bags of diapers, wipes, and formula for families each Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main center (3710 E 20th Ave).

 

Click here for more information.

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

 

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.

Homelessness Assistance

 

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.

Housing Assistance

 

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.

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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.***

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

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Tax Preparation

 

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.