The Alaska Veterans Foundation, Inc. (established 2006), is a chartered, independent, 501c-3 nonprofit whose primary mission now is to end veteran homelessness in the State of Alaska. We have been working toward this goal since 2009 and have established a great many community partnerships, as well as receiving strong financial support from the business community in Anchorage. We are also members of Pick, Click and Give; the Combined Federal Campaign, and other groups who support this project. In response to the work we had done, the State of Alaska awarded the Foundation a grant to complete the planning, predevelopment, and feasibility assessment for the construction and operation of a cooperative veteran community named VetVillageAK.
VetVillageAK will be built within the Municipality of Anchorage, and we are currently working on the purchase or long term lease of properties in the Eklutna area. The village includes a two story building with offices, a kitchen and dining room serving as many as 100 meals 3 times a day, day/reading room space, conference/training room, and 25 individual living spaces 5 of which are ADA compliant. The village is designed to be permanent, supportive housing for homeless Alaska veterans and their families operating in the Housing First model. The rest of the campus will contain cabins capable of housing singles or small families, the overall plan is 75 cabins. On site we will have a nursery, a garage and maintenance facility, outdoor gathering areas and, eventually, space for animals is being considered.
All residents are required to work. This is a key part of our effort to help homeless veterans and their families reintegrate, but they can stay in the village as long as they want. For those who have serious disabilities, appropriate work in the village is provided. Other jobs are provided by our partners and in the village nursery, shop, and two industries who have agreed to locate in or close to the village. Consistent with our grants, no less than 30% of any income of any tenant must go towards the cost of their housing and services.
We invite you to look through our website. We will be doing revisions as they apply. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or by phone at 907-720-1662