In 2014, the Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP) bought Safe Harbor Muldoon, a housing facility, in order to support families currently experiencing or facing imminent homelessness with everything from housing to child care and employment assistance.
We help increase our residents’ stability, allowing them to work toward obtaining a permanent home within six months of entry. Our families come from all walks of life and develop life-long friendships with our staff members:
John *, a father of a 16-year-old and four-year-old with special needs, applied for Safe Harbor Muldoon, the only transitional housing facility in Anchorage that accepts men with children. During John’s stay, he accessed programs with skilled nursing services for his four-year-old, six days a week.
In March of 2019, the Aldridges* came to Safe Harbor Muldoon. They began working with the Office of Children’s Services to regain custody of their two boys before giving birth to their third child. We worked with them to strengthen their familial relationship every step of the way, and with our team’s support they saved enough money to move. They are now with family who supports them as they continue to grow.
Soon after the Aldridges arrived, the James* family moved in. By July of 2019, they had found and moved into their own apartment. Before leaving, they worked with our team on a mini grant that helped them furnish their new apartment.
Around the same time, Gabriella* and her 2 children moved in. Gabriella was struggling to pay rent while caring for her two young children. In August we connected Gabriella with Covenant House Alaska, who helps Gabriella pay her monthly rent fees, apply for child care assistance, and look for employment.
Safe Harbor Muldoon’s staff is grateful to have been a part of each family’s story and loves hearing from those who continue to check in. Thanks to their collaborative coordination, vulnerable families have the opportunity to become empowered, healthy, and self-sufficient community members. Learn more about our other Supportive Housing facilities today.
*Names have been changed.
By Emi Bartholomew