Assistance Resources

General Assistance

Alaska Community Development Corp.

Enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making homes more energyefficient. Available to renters and homeowners throughout the state.

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Weatherization Assistance Program

Valley Charities Assistance

Qualified residents can obtain rent and utility assistance. No walk-ins preferred. Please call between 7:30am and 3:30 pm. Monday thru Friday.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Salvation Army

Provides assistance for clothing, household goods, financial assistance (rent and utilities), food services, and emergency shelter.

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

PFD (Permanent Fund Dividend) Office

MY House

Provides rent assistance, hot meals every Friday night, and other services for homeless youth ages 1424, both men and women.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

MEA Operation Roundup

Grants that provide assistance for an individual and/or family.

Military Personnel and Family Benefits

Housing, employment, education, medical and more.

Hope Community Resources

Provides services and support to people who experience disabilities.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Heating Assistance

Frontline Mission

Hot meals: Thursday and Friday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm; Wed. 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Family Promise Mat-Su

Provides compassionate care through shelter and case management to families without housing. Provides emergency housing assistance (rent assistance, utility assistance, etc.) funds to those applicable.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Family Assistance Center

Provides services and support to military families.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Consumer Direct Care Network

Provides personal care services, Chore and Respite Services, Rehabilitative Services, and Behavioral Health Services.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Denali Kid Care

Provides health insurance coverage for children and teens through age 18, and for pregnant women who meet income guidelines.

Consumer Credit Counseling

Connect Palmer

Provides access to Life Skills Programs offering individuals the opportunity to learn a practical life skill, Fire wood for families, and Sarah’s House – a safe place for ladies to stay while going through some of Connect Palmer’s programs.

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Citizenship & Immigration Services

Catholic Social Services

Provides assistance for Veterans who are homeless or about to become homeless.

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Blood-N-Fire Ministries of Alaska

Emergency Food/Rent/Mortgage and Utilities assistance.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99623

American Red Cross

Emergency, disaster support, First Aid, CPR, and babysitting training.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Alaska Family Services

Behavioral health services, child care, family support and preservation, domestic violence and sexual assault, nutrition services, shelters.

Address

1825 S. Chugach St., Palmer

Alaska Division of Public Assistance

Promotes self-sufficiency and provides basic living expenses to Alaskans in need.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Alaska 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a resource line to help you find services for child care, energy assistance, food, health care, job services, legal assistance, parenting help, public benefits, senior care, shelters, and much more.

Phone

Clothing and Furniture

Valley Charities, Inc. | turn-A-leaf thrift store

Provides clothing and household items daily to those trying to make ends meet. Call for an assistance voucher. Medical equipment loan program is available at our thrift store.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Thrifters Rock

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Salvation Army Thrift Store

Clothing and furniture vouchers honored for disaster relief. Vouchers available from Palmer location.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Good Shepherd Lutheran

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

First Presbyterian Church

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654-6524

Mouse House

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Nugen’s Ranch Thrift Store

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Heart Reach Pregnancy Center

Baby cache, gently used clothing up to 4T, and maternity clothes.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Growing Spurts

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Frontline Mission

Thursday and Friday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm - Food distribution & clothing closet

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Bishop’s Attic II

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Blood-N-Fire Ministries of Alaska

Address

Wasilla, AK 99623

Big Lake Community Clothing Closet

Address

Big Lake, AK 99652

Alaska Family Services: Thrift Store

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Saving Grace Thrift Store

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Alaska Native / American Indian Assistance

Chickaloon Village

Address

Sutton, AK

Chickaloon Village Education

Behavioral health referrals, non-emergency medical transportation, elder services YNDAS (Athabascan language and traditions school preschool thru 12th grade –open to general population) & Upper Education Scholarships Native Youth Olympics Team Sponsor, Youth Summer Jobs Program.

Knik Tribal Council

Address

Child care assistance, education scholarships, job placement & equipment, dental, vision, sports/activities fees, report card incentive program, Indian child welfare advocate program, van transportation, housing assistance, snow removal assistance, and non-emergency medical transportation.

Food and Nutrition

Willow United Methodist Church

Bring photo ID: must have Willow address; Wednesdays 10:00am-2:00pm.

Address

Willow, AK 99688

Wasilla Area Senior Center

Provides lunch to senior citizens of Mat-Su area: Mondays-Fridays 11:30 am-12:30 pm.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Veteran’s Center

Hours of Operation, Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Upper Susitna Seniors, Inc.

Meals on wheels for seniors and home delivered meals for locals who are medically incapacitated.

Address

Willow, AK 99688

Upper Susitna Food Pantry

Address

Trapper Creek 99683

Sunshine Food Bank

Tuesdays: 10:00am-4:00pm

Address

Talkeetna, AK 99676

School Lunch Program

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Salvation Army

Mondays and Tuesdays 12pm-4pm; Wednesdays 10:00am-1:30pm

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Nugen’s Ranch

Mondays and Fridays: 5:45 pm-7:00 pm

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Palmer Food Bank

Mat-Su residents only: Mondays-Fridays 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Mat-Su Food Bank

Bring photo ID: Mat-Su residents only. Monday-Friday: 10am-1pm. Call for information about Food 4 Kids program

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Mat-Su Senior Services

Congregate and delivered meals provided for seniors 60 & over.

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Manna Independent Baptist Church

Food distribution after services: Wednesday 8:30pm and Sunday 12:30pm

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

King’s Chapel

Call for designated hours: 1 Saturday per month.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Kids Kupboard

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Hilltop Assembly of God

Need to live in Houston area, call first.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Frontline Mission

See “Assistance” for more information.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

5 Loaves 2 Fish Kitchen

Prepares and delivers 200 meals per week to places around the Mat-Su Valley in need of food.

Address

Wasilla, Alaska 99654

Family Nutrition Program

See “Education” for more information.

Address

UAF Cooperative Extension Service

Family Christian Center

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Christian Center Food Pantry

Open Tuesday 1-3PM for Palmer-Sutton-Butte residents

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Blood-N-Fire Ministries of Alaska

Address

Wasilla, AK 99623

Big Lake Community Food Pantry

Open Thursday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Address

Big Lake, AK

Big Lake Baptist

Wednesday 6:00 pm free dinner and food box. For food box call first.

Address

Big Lake, AK 99652

WIC in Wasilla

Promotes healthy eating and lifestyle habits that last a lifetime.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Alaska Family Services: Women Infant and Children (WIC)

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Housing and Shelters

Housing

Valley Residential Services

Provides low-income housing.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Ridgecrest Park

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Northridge Apartments

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Knik Tribal Council

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

CSS: HUD-VASH

Provides housing vouchers to homeless veterans and their families; Must be eligible through the VA.

Forest Hills

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Forest Apartments

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

Provides an online locator for vouchers.

Shelters

Turn-A-Leaf

Provides temporary/short term hotel vouchers.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

MY House

Provides emergency shelter for homeless youth ages 14-24 for both men and women. Provides hot meals every Friday night for homeless youth.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Salvation Army

Temporary/short-term hotel vouchers.

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Family Promise of Mat-Su

Provides compassionate care through shelter, meals, and case management to families without housing. Family Promise shelter guests’ pets boarded on site.

Address

Wasilla, AK 99654

Knik House

Provide temporary, long term and emergency housing for families, men, women, single parents, reentry population and people with mental illness in the Mat Su Valley.

Alaska Family Services: Domestic Violence Shelter

Safe Shelter for female victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with or without children is staffed 24-hours a day by professional, specially trained domestic violence advocates.

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Legal

Social Security Administration

Service concerning lost/stolen cards/checks or other SS problems.

Office of Public Advocacy (OPA)

Provides legal advocacy and guardianship services to vulnerable Alaskans.

Better Business Bureau

Complaints about businesses and listing of good businesses.

Alaska Legal Services

ALSC provides free clinics, legal advice and representation to qualified Alaskans on a variety of topic including family law, foreclosures, bankruptcy, consumer protection, Medicaid/SSI appeals.

Address

Palmer, AK 99645

Alaska State Office of the Ombudsman

Handles complaints concerning state agencies.

Transportation

Valley Mover

Provides Mass Transit to the Mat-Su Valley with service to Palmer, Wasilla, Meadow Lakes, Knik and connections with Anchorages People Mover. Provides free rides to homeless and poverty level individuals.

Valley Cab

Accepts Social Security travel vouchers, and soon to accept Medicaid and Denali Kid Care.

Sunshine Transit

Tickets available at the Roadhouse, Sunshine Clinic, Flying Squirrel Bakery, Cubby’s or Susitna Senior Center. 7:15 am (Roadhouse)-5:30 pm (Roadhouse).

Mat-Su Senior Services

Provides transportation for individuals 60+, individuals of any age on the Medicaid waiver, and accepts travel vouchers for Medicaid of individuals of any age.

M.A.S.C.O.T

Valley wide public bus transportation

Chickaloon Area Transit

Alaska Cab Valley

A Cab

Accepts MASCOT vouchers.