Anchorage tackles homeless problem

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) A new public-private partnership aims to put certain homeless individuals in Anchorage into permanent housing.

    Mayor Ethan Berkowitz introduced a pilot program called "Path to Independence" that will give homes to up to 40 people with a history of self-sufficiency who have experienced homelessness due to a crisis.

    Diane Kaplan with the Rasmusen Foundation said the partnership is made possible by $650,000 from corporate and non-profit funds.

    The housing stock is provided by Cook Inlet Housing Authority and Weidner Apartments.  Weidner Vice President Greg Cerbana said the program makes it easier for landlords to become part of the solution.

    "Path to Independence" is scheduled to be up and running by July.





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