Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) is applying for ICDBG-ARP Grant funding in partnership with the Douglas Indian Association (DIA).
Increasing Safe Affordable Housing in Douglas
Building housing options for purchase to address overcrowding related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
October 1, 2021- December 31, 2022
Not to exceed $1,035,000
Please submit all comments, questions, or concerns by September 1, 2021@ 5:00pm to firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 907-780-3102.
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The property at 9290 Hurlock Avenue near the intersection of Egan Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road was vacant Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, but a group of nonprofit organizations are partnering to turn the site into a youth homeless center. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee voted unanimously Wednesday evening to draft an ordinance allocating funding to the project. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
The plan to create a youth shelter on Hurlock Avenue took a step closer to fruition Monday night.
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee gave direction to create an ordinance that will establish and operate a youth homelessness program and contribute $89,000 of the approximately $634,000 operating budget for the fiscal year 2021.
CBJ City Manager Rorie Watt said that the assembly had previously passed ordinances to authorize the manager to secure the property and one to enter into a lease agreement. This ordinance is a request to secure funding and complete the appropriation needed to operate.
“I appreciate their efforts,” said Beth Weldon, CBJ mayor.
The shelter is a partnership among the Zach Gordon Youth Center and the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority.
The proposed project would provide temporary sheltering services for minors aged 10 to 18 until family reunification, foster care or other placement services are in place. Rapid rehousing services would be available for those between the ages of 18 and 20.
For over a year, Juneau has been without an emergency shelter for the 125 to 150 homeless youth and runaways the city sees in an average year, according to a project proposal from the housing authority and youth center.
Over 50% of homeless youth are teens, according to a presentation shared with the committee, which noted that the problem is increasing, has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and is the top priority of the Juneau Coalition on Housing and Homelessness.
The youth participated in choosing the shelter’s new name.
Introducing the name Shéiyi X̱aat Hít (Spruce Root House), which is the selected name of a youth home in Juneau, Alaska. The name is in Lingít, and this video introduces the name and some foundational cultural concepts behind the name’s selection.
As a result of ongoing monitoring of the COVID-19 situation and concern for the safety of THRHA employees and customers, we are temporarily suspending and limiting the public’s access to our offices.
Those who need to drop off an application or make a payment, use the drop box next to THRHA’s main entrance at 5446 Jenkins Drive in Juneau. Payment made by phone via credit card. Applications are also accepted via mail, email, or fax.
THRHA is still operating the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, but only on a drop off basis. Once we receive your tax documents with a completed TAX PREP INTAKE FORM CLICK HERE, THRHA will contact you by phone to go over your tax information. If you need tax preparation, contact Shaun Guthrie via phone or via email email@example.com.
If you need assistance, please call THRHA’s main number 907-780-6868, Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4:30 PM.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding as we navigate these current public health challenges. Please stay safe and wash your hands!