Juneau, AK (KINY) - Five agencies gave their best shot at a purchase or lease of the CBJ Cornerstone Campus at the CBJ lands committee meeting, with each of them presenting why their program would be a good fit for that property.
Alaska Legacy Partners wants to provide 16 to 18 beds for the elderly and memory care. They claim studies show a strong need for those services.
Aunt Margaret's House proposed a prison re-entry program and seasonal housing. They note housing is a key factor for inmates if they are to avoid returning to prison.
“Stable housing was the number one key element for successful reentry. Employment and rehabilitation services were also up there. There's also some other social kind of stuff, but definitely housing was the base of it, because if they don't have stable housing then they can’t go get those other things.”
Gehring Nursery School is looking to add a child care facility for up to 75 kids. Traffic and safety were concerns raised by the neighborhood. Gehring proposes a long term lease.
Owner Lisa Gehring says quality child care with an education element is needed in Juneau.
“Higher quality childcare. There is always a need for higher quality childcare in every community, but in Juneau we are lacking.”
Polaris House proposed mental health housing and services. They proposed five beds for psychiatric care. They currently provide services for 70 clients each month. They serve 20 people daily for the clubhouse and job training center and would relocate their existing program there.
The Prama Home would combine a program for homeless youth, childcare, and elder care.
The CBJ lands committee is expected to make a recommendation to the full Assembly on February 26th.