Homelessness and Health
Homelessness is a public health concern. Persons experiencing homelessness (PEH) are at elevated risk for many adverse medical conditions and premature death. Recent estimates indicate that approximately 2,000 people across Alaska experience homelessness. The Section of Epidemiology has developed resources to help service providers better support the health of PEH.
This website is primarily focused on Alaska-specific information and resources. To learn more about homelessness in the United States, including policy discussions and national resources, visit the
US Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Information about Homelessness in Alaska
Several different organizations collect data about homelessness in Alaska.
There are also several local coalitions working to address homelessness in their respective communities.
General Infection Control Guidelines for Shelters
Crowded living arrangements in homeless shelters can facilitate the person-to-person spread of certain communicable diseases. Public health recommendations and resources are available to help address this concern:
Tuberculosis Infection Prevention Recommendations for Shelters
Alaska has higher rates of tuberculosis (TB) than other parts of the country, and TB infection rates are often particularly high among PEH. The following guidelines are available to help prevent the spread of TB at homeless shelters:
Resources for Persons Experiencing Homelessness
Disaster Preparedness Toolkit
Comments, questions, and suggestions regarding this website can be directed to the Section of Epidemiology at 907-269-8000 or