Sabrina Bracher was laid off in April. She cashed out her retirement savings after pandemic-related unemployment payments ended and says she’s going to jump on the new housing assistance program.
With temperatures dipping below freezing this weekend, local shelters must weigh the risks of staying open or closing to slow the spread of the virus.
A cluster of positive COVID-19 cases among Juneau’s homeless population has risen to at least 30 people. The city will discuss this and other COVID-19 developments during its weekly update at 4 p.m.
It will close on Oct. 15, and the city wants everyone to have their belongings and food out by noon.
In response to possible COVID-19 exposure, the City and Borough of Juneau tested 102 people at the Glory Hall, AWARE shelter and the Housing First facility on Friday.
Two people tested positive for the virus, seven others are in quarantine.
Once everyone’s moved in, the building will house more than 60 chronically-homeless residents.
The City and Borough of Juneau is trying to decide where to put the local cold weather shelter. But one group that has been mostly absent from the conversation so far are the people who stay in the shelter.
The money is for projects that address immediate threats to the health and safety of Tribal citizens caused by the pandemic.
If plans are approved, residents would pay rent and serve the community by volunteering.