The Centennial Hall shelter closed Wednesday, but some people have been dropping off items at the hall, which are not needed at this time, according to Joanna Schneeberger, of the Red Cross Gastineau Fire Disaster Team.
She says the Red Cross is issuing money cards to help victims with their immediate needs.
“They’re called credit cards that we’re issuing to them so they can actually get exactly what they need and what they’re used to, instead of having to sift through little donations,” Schneeberger says.
The Juneau Red Cross chapter still needs funds for the more than 50 victims of the Monday night fire that destroyed the South Franklin Street apartment building.
Schneeberger says housing also remains an issue.
“We’re still looking for housing and especially people who can take Section 8 housing, because that’s the one thing we have an issue with in Juneau,” she says. “It’s a definite need.”
Contact the Red Cross office at 463-5713 if you can help with housing. Checks can be dropped off at the office at 3225 Hospital Drive.
- For the second time this year, a Republican from Matanuska-Susitna Borough left the state Senate majority caucus.
- The U.S. Senate is working on the health care bill, and Alaska health commissioner Valerie Davidson is in Washington, D.C., to meet with Alaska's senators, Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski. One-quarter of Alaska's population currently is covered by Medicaid.
- Police posted this security video of the suspect on its Facebook page and described him as white, 25 to 30 years old, 6-foot-3 and skinny with scruffy facial hair.
- Uber and Lyft are negotiating with the City and Borough of Juneau over the collection of the city's sales tax. The companies insist it's the drivers' responsibility to collect and remit the 5 percent tax on fares.