Because these grants are tied to coronavirus relief funding, tribes must use the homes as isolation or quarantine units, at least at first.
For the next several months, there will be far fewer vaccine doses available than people who want to receive them. Which raises the difficult question of who should get it first.
Coastal Villages Region Fund is trying to provide a new model for coastal Alaska communities, where housing is no tiny issue.
The Coastal Villages Region Fund serves about a third of population covered by community development quota program, but only receives 15 percent of the fish.
Several weeks ago, the financing fell through on a plan to bring the “Akutan,” a floating fish processing vessel, to Kuskokwim Bay. Fishermen in the coastal community of Quinhagak have nowhere to sell their catch for the second summer in a row. Many in the village are now struggling to make ends meet.