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New Anchorage Resource Center to provide services for people experiencing homelessness under one roof, Alaska’s News Source, January 2023

Mayor says Golden Lion Hotel included in solutions for homelessness in the new year, Alaska’s News Source, January 2023

Thanks to refugee placement, more than 400 families now call Alaska home, Alaska’s News Source, December 2022

After 3 years, a Ukrainian immigrant in Alaska rescues her beloved rottweiler from her home country, Alaska’s News Source, December 2022

Girl Scouts helping the homeless on their way to a Bronze Award, Alaska’s News Source, November 2022

Assembly homeless shelter plan includes a smaller number of beds at locations around Anchorage, Alaska’s News Source, September 2022

Anchorage food pantries report big jump in need, Alaska’s News Source, September 2022

A historic number of people resettled in Alaska this year. What happens once immigrants, refugees, and migrants arrive?, Alaska Public Media, September 2022

Ukrainians fleeing the war are now eligible for government benefits in this country, Alaska’s News Source, June 2022

A New Homeless Shelter Has Opened In Anchorage, Your Alaska Link, June 2022

Sockeye Inn homeless shelter to open Monday, Alaska’s News Source, June 2022

Candlelight vigil held in Anchorage for Ukraine, Alaska’s News Source, April 2022

More than 100 Afghan refugees have resettled in Anchorage, Alaska’s New Source, March 2022

Outgoing Catholic Social Services CEO shares thoughts on solving Anchorage’s homelessness problem, Alaska News Source, November 2021

Afghan refugees arrive in Anchorage while volunteers smooth their way, Alaska News Source, November 2021

CSS AFGHAN REFUGEES, Alaska’s News Source, September 2021

‘I never gave up,’ Veteran shares story of hope, healing and credits local resources for helping him get back on track, Alaska News Source, July 2021

Grow North Farm offers fresh produce for the season, Alaska’s News Source, June 2021

More Television Coverage…


A refugee-led co-op in Anchorage provides work experience, with flavor, Alaska Public Media, December 2022

Alaska News Nightly, July 2022, Alaska Public Media

Talk of Alaska: Resources for refugees and new arrivals in Alaska, Alaska Public Media, July 2022

Alaska will get Ukrainian refugees, but feds don’t say how many, when, KUAC, April 2022

Anchorage’s response to homelessness has seen some success, but there’s more to do, says exiting CSS director, Alaska Public Media, November 2021

Afghan Refugees in Alaska, Radio Free Palmer, September 2021

Anchorage refugee assistance program readies for up to 100 people fleeing Afghanistan, KSKA, September 2021

Alaskans With Food Insecurity Need Your Help, Here’s How. KBEAR, September 2021

100,000 Alaskans Are Hungry. Fight Food Insecurity During Hunger Action Month, KBEAR, September 2021

More Radio Coverage…


New homeless resource center will open next month, Anchorage Daily News, January 2023

Unrelenting in winter, frostbite poses a life-changing threat to homeless Alaskans, Anchorage Daily News, December 2022

Anchorage Assembly overrides Bronson budget vetoes, restoring funds to Brother Francis shelter, Alaska Public Media, December 2022

Anchorage Assembly overrides Mayor Bronson’s veto of $1.2 million for Brother Francis shelter, Anchorage Daily News, December 2022

Anchorage Assembly approves $587 million city budget, Anchorage Daily News, November 2022

Community Gardens Feed Communities, Catholic Charities USA, November 2022

USDA Announces More Than $71 Million to Support Underserved Communities, USDA, October 2022

Catholic Social Services Alaska, UAF receive new grant funding from USDA, KINY Radio, October 2022c

From Iran to Alaska, godson and godmother weigh in on current global protests, KTOO, October 2022

More than 300 Ukrainians have come to Alaska since the war began, Alaska Public Media, October 2022

Anchorage task force urges city to use Golden Lion Hotel and Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena for emergency homeless shelters, Anchorage Daily News, September 2022

Anchorage Mayor Bronson outlines emergency winter homeless shelter proposal, says he will work with Assembly on plan, Anchorage Daily News, August 2022

Amid Anchorage’s homelessness upheaval, a new shelter quietly rushed to house dozens of vulnerable people, Anchorage Daily News, August 2022

After no-show from Bronson officials at homelessness meeting, Anchorage Assembly takes action on its own winter shelter plan, Anchorage Daily News, August 2022

Assembly directs $11.8 million in federal relief toward possible Anchorage hotel purchase for low-income housing, Anchorage Daily News, August 2022

International conflicts drive increase in refugees, others arriving in Alaska, Alaska Public Media, July 2022

No place to go: Anchorage’s homeless shelter capacity has been pushed to the brink, Anchorage Daily News, July 2022

Salvation Army moves families at Centennial Campground to Anchorage shelters, Alaska Public Media, July 2022

Anchorage Assembly puts more than $7 million toward sheltering and housing initiatives, Alaska Public Media, July 2022

Is Anchorage’s sanctioned campground part of homeless response? Bronson officials say no, creating gap in responsibility, Anchorage Daily News, July 2022

Many Alaskans are struggling to afford food right now. Here’s how you can help., Anchorage Daily News, July 2022

As Anchorage phases out its main homeless shelter, providers fear a surge in campers, Alaska Public Media, June 2022

Food aid groups in Alaska say need is approaching early pandemic levels as relief money ends and prices rise, Anchorage Daily News, June 2022

Municipality of Anchorage will close Sullivan Arena shelter June 30, Anchorage Daily News, June 2022

Humanitarian flights will bring 600 Ukrainians to Alaska, Anchorage Press, May 2022

Refugees from Ukraine could be placed in Alaska communities where they have family ties, Alaska Public Media, April 2022

‘Gut wrenching’: Alaskans with roots in Ukraine grapple with war in their homeland, Anchorage Daily News, February 2022

A new Anchorage resident left Afghanistan after years assisting U.S. military. Now he’s helping others resettle in Alaska., Anchorag Daily News, January 2022

Community helps Afghan evacuees feel at home, North Star Catholic, January 2022

Congress failed to extend child tax credit expansion, but Murkowski says she’s open to negotiations, Anchorage Daily News, December 2021

At Anchorage’s shelter for moms and kids, community support is key, Anchorage Daily News, November 2021

Clare House shelter gets matching grant to double donations, Alaska’s News Source, November 2021

Catholic Social Services’ leader reflects on accomplishments, North Star Catholic, November 2021

Anchorage’s homelessness director resigns. No clear path for unhoused families this winter, Anchorage Press, November 2021

Smaller homeless facilities are better for all, Anchorage Daily News, October 2021

Army Veteran finds employment and housing in months thanks to HUD-VASH, VA Blog, October 2021

‘This is something that unites us all’: Alaskans help refugees resettle, Juneau Empire, October 2021

More Print/Online Coverage..


OPINION: Anchorage can’t afford to leave money on the table for harm prevention, Anchorage Daily News, October 2022

OPINION: I’m a member of Anchorage’s Emergency Shelter Task Force. Here’s what I think about homelessness solutions., Anchorage Daily News, October 2022

Catholic Social Services opens new shelter in Anchorage, providing 83 new beds for homeless, North Star Catholic, September 2022

Anchorage is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, Anchorage Daily News, July 2022

Moving forward on Anchorage homelessness solutions, Anchorage Daily News, June 2022

Combating homelessness in Anchorage is a big challenge. But we can meet it., Anchorage Daily News, November 2021

New life and fresh starts, Catholic Charities USA, August 2021

Working together to serve the homeless, The North Star Catholic, August 2021

CSS programs help refugees flourish with community support, The North Star Catholic, June 2021

CSS Lenten food drive a success, The North Star Catholic, April 2021

Small acts of kindness help make our communities better places to live, The North Star Catholic, February 2021

More Editorials…

Faces of Hope Newsletters

Summer 2022 – Supporting our community with Complex Care

Summer 2021 – Enduring Loss, Finding Hope

Winter 2019 – Keeping People Warm and Safe

Fall 2018 – Building Connections at Brother Francis Shelter

Summer 2018 – Food Insecurity Can Happen to Anyone

Winter 2018 – A Time for New Beginnings

More Catholic Social Services’ Newsletters…

Press Releases, Media Advisories, and Fact Sheets

Fiscal Year 2021 Fact Sheet

Fiscal Year 2020 Fact Sheet 

Governor Dunleavy Approves CARES Funding to Help Brother Francis Shelter, September 4, 2020

Fiscal Year 2019 Fact Sheet

World Refugee Day in partnership with Anchorage Community Land Trust, Media Advisory, June 21, 2018

Alaska receives $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo Housing Foundation’s Priority Markets Program, Press Release, October 30, 2018

FY2018 Fact Sheet


Molly Cornish, Sr. Director of Community Engagement, at or 907-310-7190