Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, June 5, 2019

US House calls for more research on ocean acidification; Erosion threatens village of Huslia; Akiak seeks funds to move homes away from river; Nome establishes new public safety commission; Juneau’s homeless population declines for first time since 2016; Alaska awards contract to study Medicaid block grant system; North Pacific fish council enters Pebble debate, over state’s objections; State unveils draft hemp regulations; In a rainforest, Southeast Alaska towns face extreme drought; Alaska Native students get hands-on medical experience at UAA nursing camp

‘Sketches of Schizophrenia’ captures Anchorage family’s struggle

Author Marin Sardy grew up in Anchorage, fishing, hiking and camping with her family -- all experiences Sardy remembers fondly. But she also saw her brother, who suffered from schizophrenia, go from a hearty, adventurous Alaska man, to living homeless in Anchorage.

Homelessness among KPBSD students on the rise

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has seen a 10 percent spike in homeless students since this time last year. While it’s difficult to pinpoint a specific reason for the increase, administrators think lack of affordable housing is a factor.
Bean's Cafe at Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage.

The effort to end homelessness

The annual point in time homelessness count for Alaska has for years revealed that about 2000 people across the state, do not have their own home. Is it possible to get to zero?

The Housing Continuum: Building a vibrant community Part 3

This week, we hear about policy efforts that are underway to address Anchorage’s priority housing issues, as well as how community members can get involved. Thanks for listening!

Juneau homeless service providers worry governor’s budget could close facilities

In Juneau, providers say the loss of funding could put some of Alaska’s most vulnerable residents back on the streets.

The Housing Continuum: Building a vibrant community Part 2

This is the second discussion of a three-part series called “The Housing Continuum: Building a Vibrant Community,” presented by Alaska Common Ground. This week, we’ll hear about the difficulties of addressing Anchorage’s housing needs. Thanks for listening!

The Housing Continuum: Building a vibrant community Part 1

This is the first discussion of a three-part series called “The Housing Continuum: Building a Vibrant Community,” presented by Alaska Common Ground. This week, we’ll hear about the supply and demand of Anchorage’s housing needs. Thanks for listening!

Karluk Manor evacuated, turns to church for shelter

When the earthquake struck, the 46 residents of Karluk Manor had nowhere safe to go until a church quickly opened their doors.

Helping people who are homeless with improved behavioral health care

Addressing issues of homelessness in Anchorage means improving the mental health care system.

Fairbanks City Council OKs measure authorizing removal, cleanup of homeless camps

Fairbanks Police Chief Eric Jewkes told the council the ordinance is needed to allow officers to evict homeless people from illegal camps and remove and clean up the sites.

Alaska Municipal League panel spotlights statewide housing shortages, homelessness

The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is working with statewide partners to hire a rural homelessness coordinator.