General Services Administration Land
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lindsey Whitt
MUNICIPALITY APPLIES FOR GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA) LAND
On March 18, 2013, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the availability of 131 acres of surplus property for disposal at the end of Raspberry Road, just before entrance to Kincaid Park. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determined that the property was suitable for facilities to assist the homeless under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11411), which provides priority consideration for proposals submitted under this intent.
The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) Department of Health and Human Services submitted a proposal for 65.59 acres under the McKinney Act. The proposal is a response to the Mayor’s Homeless Leadership Team and Mayor’s Kitchen Cabinet recommendations and suggested strategies, and planning efforts between the MOA, Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority for a Recovery Center. The proposal offers a single, multi-service campus including housing and services aimed at providing a “hands-up” approach, as opposed to providing “hand-outs.” The concept is to address three main objectives: 1) Affordable Housing, 2) Workforce Development and, 3) Individual and Family Wellness.
“This is the beginning stage for the MOA to create solutions for a growing trend of homeless issues. The DHHS department has taken a serious approach and we look forward to the public process and the suggestions that come forth should we be awarded the property,” said Mayor Dan Sullivan.
The review of DHHS’ proposal for land acquisition is still in the preliminary application phase. Other applicants have also submitted proposals to GSA to acquire the land.Britteny Matero adds, “This proposal represents a unique opportunity to create a sober environment where individuals and families can actively engage and achieve steps towards self-sufficiency in a safe, supported community.”
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Britteny Matero, Public Health Initiatives and Partnerships Manager is taking the lead on homelessness issues with the team at the MOA Department of Health and Human Services. She is available for comment on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 and Friday, September 27 . Her phone number is 907-343-6513.