Last week residents begin checking into Karluk Manor, the newly converted motel that is now a housing complex for chronic alcohol abusers, in particular those living on the streets, temporary shelters or illegal campsites. For the residents, the facility represents warmth, safety, a new chance and some rules.
At mid-afternoon the first 20 Karluk Manor residents were arriving. Several sat in a common room waiting to begin registration. In another room, Wilbur Westcoast was registered and ready to move into his new room.