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Sat Jul 27, 2019, 05:09 AM

'We're gonna be out on the streets': Anchorage readies for a homeless crisis

The mayor of Anchorage declared a civil emergency Wednesday over concerns that the state’s fiscal crisis will cause hundreds of residents to lose access to basic shelter. If Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes stand, the next 30 to 90 days will determine whether hundreds more people have to move out of housing. That’s left some families in Anchorage worried they could soon be living on the streets.

Arianne Swihart and Galen Huntsman live in a single room with their two young boys, Azriel, 4, and Tobie, nearly 3, along with Aurura, their two-month-old daughter.

“We now have a family of five living in essentially a hotel room,” Arianne said on a recent morning.

They’re staying at a facility called Safe Harbor on the east side of Anchorage. It’s temporary, families generally live there for up to six months as they try to transition out of homelessness into into more stable permanent housing. Both parents say this is a big improvement. Prior to moving in here in April, the family was in crisis. There were problems with jobs, with the Office of Child Services, and medical care. At one point in the saga, Swihart was several months pregnant with nowhere to go, staying in an overnight shelter.

Read more: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/07/26/were-gonna-be-out-on-the-streets-anchorage-readies-for-a-homeless-crisis/

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TexasTowelie Jul 2019 OP
rampartc Jul 2019 #1
secondwind Jul 2019 #2
TexasTowelie Jul 2019 #3
Scarsdale Jul 2019 #4
UpInArms Jul 2019 #5

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Jul 27, 2019, 05:15 AM

1. oh, great. just in time for winter.

I like that "safe harbor" idea, by the way.

in new orleans we have several abandoned hotels and apt buildings that might not solve the homeless problem, but at least help.

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Sat Jul 27, 2019, 06:48 AM

2. After reading some of the Alaska threads this morning,

I cannot help but want to cry my eyes out. We have a President and his family sucking all the tax dollars for travel, golfing, etc. while Alaskan children are going to be denied Head Start programs and one free book a month. This is utterly horrific and terribly sad beyond words.

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Response to secondwind (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 27, 2019, 07:00 AM

3. It was disappointing to post so much discouraging news about what was happening in Alaska.

I avoided posting one article about Gov. Dunleavy this morning because the only word that came to mind was "asshole." He acts like everything is fine and that he is hearing from people wanting even more tax cuts. The "I don't give a damn" attitude seems cavalier.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Jul 27, 2019, 08:09 AM

4. Very sad.

One thought I had though, is WHY are these people still having kids? Their situation is dire, yet they keep adding children to the mix. WHY?? Surely they know that is not helping their situation. Tax cuts for the wealthy are hurting us all in one way or another, some more than others.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 27, 2019, 09:02 AM

5. It's all part and parcel of the grand plan

Gut planned parenthood... family planning .. birth control... women’s healthcare

Keep people uneducated and in poverty

The haves have more ... the havenots have less

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