Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The AWARE shelter in Juneau got the endorsement of the Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole to pursue a $315,000 grant.
Business Director Danielle Lindoff said this is the first step in the process to possible receive a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), "Were very happy. It is a project we have wanted to do for a long time. The building (Shelter) was built before ADA disability guidelines. Those people that need are services with disabiilities or people that have trouble walking will benefit. We have a lot of elderly women that enter the shelter and are unable to go up and down the three stairs of the shelter."
Currently all the rooms are upstairs and there is no elevator in the building. The cost of installation of an elevator far exceeded the estimate price tag of this project, about $550,000. AWARE has applied for other grants and funds and has also received in kind services to help fund the project. It will build two fully handicapped accessible rooms and an accessible entrance into the shelter where those serve won't have to navigate stairs.
AWARE, Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies, identified 41 people that were helped last year who would benefit from the project. "The more the population ages, the more people will have trouble navigating the stairs," she added.
The CBJ endorsed the grant application and it will be sent on to the Alaska Department of Commerce for review. Aware exists to provide a safe shelter and support services for women and children who have been subject to domestic or sexual violence.
The Committee meeting in regular session Monday;
-continue to work on a Lemon Creek park. They also discussed an off road motor vehicle park in the neighborhood.
-a five year plan to go before the Assembly Public Works Committee includes an indoor gym and money for repairs to Augustus Brown Pool.
-Lena Park would be used as an off leash dog park.
-there is support for a second skate park in Douglas or downtown.
-the committee also reviewed plans to add restrooms at various parks.