In 1980, seniors were only 6 percent of the Juneau population, now they are over a quarter. Housing is short for older residents. But a new apartment complex that opened in September has added nearly a third more independent living units to Juneau’s capacity.
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has agreed to fund a housing and homelessness coordinator for the City and Borough of Juneau. This follows the Trust Land Office’s clearing of a downtown lot with a sprawling homeless encampment.
Juneau’s long-awaited 32-unit Housing First apartment complex will welcome its first batch of formerly homeless residents within the week. The $8.3 million project came together through community support in cash and donated materials and services.
Many of the grants will fund village construction, from Chignik Lagoon to Chistochina. HUD also selected one Anchorage grantee. Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Cook Inlet Housing Authority are due to receive $600,000 to rehabilitate a commercial building in Midtown.