One approach could be based on Haven House, which serves women in Juneau, and My House, which serves homeless teens in Wasilla.
Gov. Bill Walker signed a disaster declaration that’s intended to make it easier to give overdose victims the life-saving overdose antidote naloxone. More than 120 Alaskans have died from opioid overdoses over the past three years. Walker said declaring a disaster will enable a coordinated statewide response.
The Republican-led majority released a budget proposal this week that included $145 million more in cuts than Governor Bill Walker’s budget.
Alaska’s capital city is battling addiction. Three women, who’ve been on that dark side, recently came to KTOO to talk about long-term recovery and a rally that gave them hope.
“They’re exercising their legal right so if that’s the game they’re willing to play, then I’m willing to continue to defend women,” says Haven House board chair June Degnan.
Haven House can continue operating on Malissa Drive in the Mendenhall Valley for now. The Juneau Assembly denied the Tall Timbers Neighborhood Association’s appeal.
The Tall Timbers Neighborhood Association contends the conditional use permit granted to Haven House in October was improper.
“Being here is probably the biggest blessing that’s ever happened to me,” says Samantha Garton, Haven House’s second resident.
The Juneau Assembly must decide whether to uphold or overturn the transitional home’s conditional use permit.
The Juneau Assembly agreed to hear an appeal that could block the transitional home Haven House from operating.