The funding will help low-income tribal citizens in Southeast Alaska qualify for mortgage loans.
Although Alaska’s population in most communities has declined slightly, housing demand has gone up about 9% since 2016.
Swapping out oil-based heating systems for heat pumps is one of the best ways for homeowners to shrink their carbon footprints. But in communities like Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka, heat pump installers are struggling to keep up.
So far, more than 90% of the youth who have used the shelter have gone on to a safe and stable place.
President Chalyee Éesh Richard Peterson was reelected for a fifth term at the tribe.
Two Juneau-based organizations will use the money to pay for home repairs and upgrades in lower-income households.
The Juneau Assembly approved the transfer of the Hurlock Avenue lot at its meeting Monday night, along with leasing the property to Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority for use as an emergency youth shelter.
The money is for projects that address immediate threats to the health and safety of Tribal citizens caused by the pandemic.
Wrangell Cooperative Association has received federal money to upgrade things like heating, plumbing and roofing for houses and trailers in Wrangell. It’s accepting applications from Native homeowners through the end of next month.
Yesterday we brought you the first story in a two part series on the push for biomass energy in Southeast Alaska. Supporters believe wood biomass could be a solution to high energy and heating costs in the region, which continues to be dependent on fossil fuels. But fossil fuels are considered a dirty source of…