About Alaska Veterans Foundation

 

About us

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.

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Meet our leaders

 

Ric Davidge

Alaska Veterans Foundation Chairman

After his service in the U.S, Army, Ric came to Alaska in 1972. He earned his BS and MPA degrees at the University of Alaska and was recruited for service in Senator Ted Steven's office in Washington. D.C. He was then selected by President Reagan to join his team and served at the Department of Interior for 3 years.

Ric came back to Alaska in 1983 and became involved in veterans issues/ organizations in local, state and, most notably, the Vietnam Veterans of America. Ric has served as the National Chairman of Government Affairs for VVA, a member of the national VVA  Commitee on Veteran Homelessness and also National Chairman of the Economic Opportunities for Veterans .Ric's work in Alaska led to the establishment of the Alaska Veterans Foundation, Inc. and, after a couple of years of various programs, we decided that our mission would be to end Veteran homelessness in Alaska.

VetVillageAk. is the product of our mission and six years of work. A rural campus with permanent, supportive housing including personal cabins based on the Housing First model, a place where homeless veterans can come together and live in a cooperative community with the goal of reintegrating into the Alaskan community and productive lives through work.