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The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP), founded in 1965, is a private, statewide, nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans. Operating with a deep respect for all people, our programs in housing, early childhood education, and health and well-being serve to alleviate the root causes of poverty. We are on the leading edge of delivering innovative, community-driven solutions in response to Alaska’s most challenging needs while supporting vulnerable individuals and communities statewide.

Early Education

Promoting socio-emotional development, healthy practices, cultural richness, and school readiness, RurAL CAP serves prenatal women, children, and families through early childhood education. Our programs include the Child Development Center, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Parents as Teachers (PAT).

Child Development Center

The Anchorage Child Development Center provides full-day, year-round child care for children between 19 months and five years of age. Our center engages children in various activities and lessons, while also providing healthy meals and snacks.

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Head Start & Early Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start statewide programs prepare Alaska’s most vulnerable children for success in school and in life by encouraging social and cognitive development. While Head Start primarily serves three- and four-year-old children, Early Head Start programs work with infants and toddlers under the age of three.

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Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT), a national home-visiting teaching model, supports families statewide by delivering in-home services to prenatal women and families with children five and under.

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RurAL CAP’s housing programs address the physical, mental, and financial needs of individuals and families. Our services fall under Homeless, Housing, & Shelter Services, Homeownership, and Home Improvement.

Homeless, Housing, & Shelter Services

Through homeless and housing services, we support individuals and families in accessing and maintaining safe and affordable housing statewide.

We are a leader in preserving multi-family rental housing in Anchorage through our Affordable Housing program for low-income and special needs households including those with limited credit and/or rental history.

Our Supportive Housing facilities provide housing and resources for individuals and families to maximize their economic and human potential by addressing the commonly interrelated challenges of homelessness, disability, unemployment, mental illness, and alcohol and substance abuse. Specialized medical, social, and employment services are available on-site and based upon the principles of self-advocacy and skill building as pathways to permanent housing and recovery.

Serving as a bridge between service providers and individuals living on the streets of Anchorage, we provide Homeless Outreach to maximize access to resources.

We recently opened a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Hooper Bay. Bay Haven is a trauma-informed and culturally relevant shelter facility that provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault residing in Hooper Bay and the surrounding villages of Chevak and Scammon Bay.

Bay Haven domestic violence and sexual assault shelter opened June 22, 2020, to serve the region.
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We increase access to affordable housing for low-income individuals and families through Mutual Self-Help Housing and Certified Loan Packaging.

Our Mutual Self-Help Housing program gives low-income families the opportunity to participate in the construction of their single-family homes, earning sweat equity in return for a cost-effective mortgage loan.

We are certified to work with rural communities and families in Alaska to package United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 502 Direct Mortgage Loans. Our affordable credit counseling service helps clients work toward being eligible for the mortgage loan they need to build or buy their home.

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Home Improvement

Our Home Improvement programs enhance the efficiency and accessibility of homes for low-income Alaskans statewide. Prioritizing health and safety, we implement Weatherization, Home Modifications and Upgrades, Mobile Home Repair, and Senior Access.

Serving as a licensed General Contractor, we coordinate our Home Improvement programs to offset costs and ensure each client’s home receives the modifications and repairs necessary to improve the residents’ quality of life.

Weatherization works to reduce household energy costs; Mobile Home Repair improves the safety of mobile homes; and the Senior Access and Home Accessibility Modifications programs provide accessibility and mobility modifications to the homes of seniors and individuals living with physical disabilities.

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Health & Well-Being

Through community-driven programming and services, RurAL CAP finds solutions for locally identified needs via youth development, community wellness, and healing. While operating as a provider of related training and technical assistance, we provide National Service, Wellness, and Training and Technical Assistance programs throughout the state.

National Service

We operate multiple AmeriCorps programs including the Senior Corps Elder Mentor (Foster Grandparent Program), AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), and Resilient Alaska Youth (RAY) AmeriCorps. These National Service Programs aim to improve the lives of low-income Alaskans and foster civic engagement statewide.

AmeriCorps is the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation's most pressing challenges. The agency engages more than 275,000 Americans each year in service to their nation and community at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and other community and faith-based groups. National service members address critical community needs and improve lives through full-time, hands-on service or capacity-building activities. As a host, we provide training and support for program partners and their National Service Volunteers statewide.

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Our Wellness programs focus on community-wide education, prevention, support, and healing related to substance abuse and suicide through Youth Development and Culture Grants, Youth and Tobacco Prevention, Sacred Beginnings, Hooper Bay Wellness Project, and the Rural Providers’ Conference (RPC).

The Youth Development and Culture Grants is a mini-grant program that supports youth leadership and cultural activities in rural Alaska Native communities through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation.

We work toward a tobacco-free Alaska by engaging with youth through the Youth Encouraging Alaskans’ Health (YEAH) Teen Ambassadors, a statewide youth advocacy coalition, and by providing Training and Technical Assistance to the youth-serving grantees of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Tobacco Prevention and Control. We also support statewide organizations interested in learning more about youth tobacco prevention.

The Sacred Beginnings project works to increase Head Start families’ daily physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables by providing various educational opportunities. The project also supplies a hydroponic garden wall in each participating Head Start.

The Hooper Bay Wellness Project uses a five-step evidence-based process known as the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to prevent substance abuse through community-driven, upstream prevention approaches.

RPC is an annual gathering hosted in partnership with local, regional, and statewide partners to unite traditional Alaska Native knowledge and modern frameworks to prevent alcohol and substance abuse. This conference also includes facilitated activities centered on youth and tribal justice.

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Training & Technical Assistance

Our Training and Technical Assistance programs involve the prevention of at-risk behaviors and intervention of delinquency in rural communities.

Our Resource Basket Training and Technical Assistance Center helps rural communities support healthy, successful, and culturally connected Alaska Native youth by offering a hub of training, resources, technical assistance, and networking opportunities.

Our Alaska Tribal Justice Resource Center supports the development and enhancement of tribal justice in rural Alaskan communities. We provide access to statewide nonprofit, public, and tribal relationships, in addition to nationwide partnerships, affiliations, and services as needed.

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