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Homeward Bound is a Housing First, self-paced alcohol management program for chronically homeless individuals that began in 1997. The Homeward Bound program is a 25-bed transitional living facility located in Mountain View which houses individuals interested in seeking a way out of homelessness.
Homeward Bound assists residents by providing outreach to homeless camps and shelters and facilitating access to detoxification, substance abuse and mental health treatment. Residents are offered transitional housing, case management, housing information, employment assistance, mental health counseling, gender specific services for men and women, reintegration activities, volunteer work, individual and group counseling, and life skills classes.
Since 1997, Homeward Bound has served 409 people.
Average Homeward Bound Resident
• 78% Alaska Native male
• 10 or more years homeless
• 29 years as an alcoholic
• 15 or more pickups by Community Service Patrol in last year
Complementing the Homeward Bound program, Community Bound offers specific case management to individuals needing housing assistance and employment development. Community Bound provides participants with training in tenant rights and responsibilities, employment, money management, community volunteer opportunities, social relations, communication, and advocacy.
- 40 residents participated in sobriety activities
- 45 residents developed an independent living plan
- 10 residents moved from Homeward Bound into permanent housing
- Residents participated in community education presentations to the Supportive Housing Division Advisory Council, Wall to Wall Media for the National Geographic film on addictions in Alaska and Chugiak High School
For more information contact:
Melinda Freemon, Supportive Housing Division Director
120 N. Hoyt St.
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 279-7535
Fax: (907) 279-9428
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