A Roof

A Roof is a project from 360 North and KTOO Public Media examining homelessness and affordable housing in Alaska.

A Roof: What We've Learned

“What We’ve Learned” is the fourth in a series of A Roof town hall discussions. A year since the launch of 360 North and KTOO’s series on housing and homelessness issues, host Casey Kelly and guests will talk about what we’ve learned during the project so far. They’ll discuss affordable housing, the current state of Alaska’s housing stock, homelessness, Housing First, transitional housing and more.

In the News

During the sleep-out, students made signs about youth homelessness that they waved outside Mendenhall Mall and Safeway. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

High school sleep-out raises $3,000 for homeless youth

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About 200 kids and teenagers in Juneau are homeless. There are students without adequate or regular housing in every school in the district. This past weekend, high school students slept out in the…

The Thane Campground is primarily used for housing, not recreation. It closes for the season Oct. 15. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Thane Campground closes for winter, displacing homeless

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“Going back to school cost me $1,100 and being homeless,” said Elliot Scott.

Lloyd Pendleton, director of Utah’s Homeless Task Force, addresses the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness annual conference. (Video still courtesy 360 North)

Utah housing expert who cut chronic homelessness 90% pitches Alaska solutions

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Gov. Bill Walker says he’d “love for Alaska to be the first state without homelessness.” With a little inspiration from the state of Utah, some are hopeful that could become reality.

Belongings beneath Egan Drive where it crosses Gold Creek. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Homeless survey finds at least 70 in Juneau sleeping outside

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“We lay out the tarp to give us something dry to lay on and then we lay our bedding out on top of that and then the excess tarp we put over ourselves,” said Clyde Didrickson.

Community members listen to the St. Anthony Samoan Choir sing during a candlelight vigil. Hillman/KSKA

Candlelight vigil honors people who died on the streets of Anchorage

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Sunday night about 70 community members gathered on the Park Strip in Anchorage to honor those who died while living outside on the streets this summer.

At The Glory Hole, James Knudson, 57, becomes emotional while talking about his brother, John Knudson, who died last month. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

‘I thought he was safe,’ brother says of man found in wetlands

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There are moments when James Knudson forgets his younger brother, John Knudson, is dead.

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Percentage of new homes in Alaska built between 2002-2012 that were constructed in the Mat-Su


Estimated number of homeless people in Alaska in 2014.


Average rent in Alaska.


Average cost of a single-family home in Alaska.

Sources: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness

The Trust - The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
NCADD - Juneau, Alaska
Northrim Bank

This project is funded by the Public Affairs Fund for Homelessness and Appropriate Affordable Housing. Contributors include the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, Northrim Bank and NCADD-Juneau, in partnership with the Juneau Clean Air Coalition.