Catholic Social Services CEO Lisa Aquino says the refugee program’s staff and volunteers will help with things like finding housing and employment, as well as learning English.
The farm took the place of a vacant parking lot. Today it’s tended by more than 20 immigrant and refugee farmers who live in Anchorage.
Negotiations are ongoing, but consensus is building for $300 weekly payments to the unemployed and direct payments of $600 to $700 to most Americans.
The city is ramping up testing at homeless shelters and soup kitchens to try to contain a large COVID-19 outbreak tied to the Brother Francis Shelter.
The food bank estimates that the current need is up about 75% statewide compared to last year but could get far worse.
The dust is settling after Alaska’s state budget battle. But homeless service providers say serious damage has already been done.
A coalition of more than two dozen organizations gathered for a press conference Wednesday in Anchorage under the moniker “Save Our State.”
There are 42,000 children living in Alaska households that receive some form of public assistance, and the state’s budget cuts will likely touch all of them.
As prospects for a veto override look increasingly slim, organizations that provide aid to low-income, homeless and other needy Alaskans say they’re facing increasingly difficult choices.
Anchorage homeless shelters and services are bracing for cutbacks and closures after Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced hundreds of millions of dollars in line-item state budget vetoes Friday.