Homelessness Task Force to present report to Assembly

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Assembly Committee of the Whole will formally receive a report from its Task Force on Homelessness at its meeting Monday evening.

    There's already $100,000 appropriated from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to fund a homeless coordinator.  The next thing he said is a $75,000 appropriation to set up a warming shelter this winter.

     "That's as far as I'm recommending we go at this time because there are other initiatives that our happening in the community.  I think we need to size up the effect of the Housing First project. Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority has some housing vouchers for veterans. The Volunteers of America has a couple of spots in their facility.  So there are quite a few things happening and we need to figure how successful those ongoing initiatives are."

    Watt said they have been talking to the Mental Health Trust about using a portion of the Public Safety Building on Whittier Street.  The trust owns the building which is mostly empty.  "That could be a good temporary use of the building this winter," Watt said.

    The Community Development Block Grant is on the committee's agenda.  Watt said they are recommending that the annual appropriation of up to $850,000 be designated to the AWARE Shelter for their facility needs.  

    The Committee of the Whole is scheduled to convene at 6 p.m. in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

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