- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has announced that more than 50 new housing units near Merrill Field will be available for some of the city’s most needy residents.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports (https://bit.ly/1Jf9kIc ) that the mayor released a statement Tuesday saying that a rooming facility with 56 units would be offered to people who are alcoholic, homeless or have a mental illness. The facility will be run by the nonprofit Rural CAP at Safe Harbor Inn.

According to Berkowitz’s statement, the project will use $200,000 in city money and $1.5 million in state and federal funding, which is enough to keep the facility open for three years.

Rural CAP plans to choose residents based on their vulnerability and those with the highest cost to society if left on the streets.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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