Many Southeast Alaska homeowners are converting to electric heat pumps to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and improve air quality. But in some of Southeast’s smallest communities, the high cost of electricity makes operating them unaffordable.
They’re bigger than a tiny house and smaller than a conventional one, but built to the same standards. There’s a bedroom, small bathroom and basic kitchen.
The Organized Village of Kake and the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority each received $1 million and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium won almost $870,000. They hope to use the money for home repairs, education and to deal with mold and mildew issues.
More than 100 people crowded into a warehouse in Juneau to celebrate the groundbreaking of a House First facility designed to get the area’s most vulnerable homeless off the streets.
Juneau will become the third city in Alaska to offer permanent supportive housing to the high-risk, chronically homeless.
The Juneau Assembly last night unofficially committed $1.5 million to help fund a Housing First project in the capital city.
Juneau is getting closer to becoming the third community in Alaska with a Housing First project to provide the chronically homeless with housing.
“I’m telling people, ‘Grab five friends or relatives and get them to vote,’ or call them and urge them to vote,” Nancy Barnes says.
Juneau’s Affordable Housing Commission plans to hire a consultant to create a housing action plan for the city