Homer Alaska is known as “The Halibut Fishing Capital of the World”. Homer is a small community (winter population 4,000) located at what is known as “the end of the road”. It is a very friendly Coast Guard community which supports the Hickory and Roanoke Island. Homer is very outdoor oriented town with hunting, fishing, hiking, off road activities, and skiing as the primary activities.
Homer’s population triples during the summer months. Make sure you make your lodging well in advance. There are a lot of B&B’s that can be found on the internet. Most do not allow pets so call a head of time.
Connected by road to the largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is about a five hour drive for routine get-aways allowing for shopping and “city” recreation. Neighboring the City of Anchorage is Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson which has a large Commissary, Exchange and Medical Facilities. Homer is located about 70 miles south of the twin cities of Soldotna and Kenai which have department stores. Homer’s community has the bare essentials that most people need. Being a small community Homer has several grocery stores, hardware stores, a little bit of electronics.
Medical services are available through several medical clinics and dentist offices for those members with dependants. Emergency services are provided by South Peninsula Hospital. All members and their dependants must be entered into Tri-Care Prime Remote upon arrival to the HICKORY. Homer is a renowned artist community with numerous galleries, concerts and dance performances. The town of Homer has two Museums Island and Oceans and the award winning Pratt Museum. Homer offers a lot of services. Religious services are available at Orthodox, Quakers, Mennonite, Jehovah Witness, Seventh Day Adventist, Evangelical (Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, non-denominational), Catholic, Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints and a small Jewish community. It currently has a five lane bowling alley and an ice rink. Homer does have a movie theater that shows two movies a day. The members of the Coast Guard stationed here and their families also have the use of a nice gym with a small co pay and have access to the Homer High School pool. Homer also has a farmers market in the summer months in which you could buy locally grown farm fresh products. Most members that come up here develop an initial culture shock but soon adapt to the laid back pace of a small town. Long summer days and long winter nights take some getting used to but in the end Homer is a very attractive place to be.
Kachemak Bay Medical (907) 235-7000
Homer Medical Clinic (907) 235-8586
DEERS eligibility 1-800-538-9552
TRICARE Prime Remote 1-800-363-2273
TRICARE Dental 1-800-866-8499
TRICARE For Life 1-866-773-0404
Dr. Vicky Hodnik (907) 235-7585
Dr. Edward Todd (907) 235-8574
There is a local satellite campus for University of Alaska Anchorage for continuing education. Some of the crew also takes advantage of the many on-line courses through colleges like the University of Phoenix. The Kenai Borough School District also offers those with children a quality education. It is however necessary for those with children to bring their immunizations records and receive the necessary immunizations for this school district. For shots and immunizations call Public Health Tuesday and Thursday at (907) 235-8857.
Paul Banks Elementary (K-2) (907) 235-8161
West Homer Elementary (3-6) (907) 235-5660
McNeil Canyon Elementary (K-6) (907) 235-8181
Chapman School, Anchor Point (K-8) (907) 235-8671
Homer Middle School (907) 235-5291
Homer High School (907) 235-8186
Connections Home School (907) 235-3260
Ulmers Home (907) 235-7005
Cozy Kids (907) 235-5578
Granny Nanny (907) 235-2099
Raspberry Lane (907) 235-8333
Boys and Girls Club (907) 235-2772
Homer Head Start (907) 235-4322
Otter Beach (K-3) (907) 235-6828
Fireweed Academy Charter School (3-6) (907) 235-9728
Smokey Bay Private School (3-6) (907) 235-8778