Facility would honor Dan Austin

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) St. Vincent de Paul of Juneau will seek a state community development block grant to renovate their thrift store to honor Dan Austin.

    Interim General Manager Bradley Perkins said the grant application, approved by the CBJ, would upgrade a current facility they use

    They want to create the Dan Austin Transitional Center at the current thrift store.  It will house navigators that work to help those in need.

    Perkins said the CBJ Community Development Department and the Human Resources Committee of the Assembly endorsed the project to the full Assembly.  The facility would provide housing, laundry and other services.

    "It has been a great program already.  The navigators go out into the community and find those that need help.    We will work very hard to get that grant.  It will go up to the state and we hope to get that funded.  We have our navigation staff in the new center.  They are already working there but are sitting in an old dilapidated space from the old thrift store.  We're moving forward with this and were very excited about it."

    The facility would include showers, a place for people to store their belongings while they get services like education and legal aid, and will help people move along and get their lives to the next step, Perkins added.

    They expect to get notice from the state in February if the grant is approved.

    Perkins said the facility would be a great way to honor Austin and all he did for Juneau, "Dan left a great legacy, and I have to walk in very large shoes.  He left a lot of opportunities,   This is a very exciting organization.  It's a good chance to reach out to the community and they are doing a lot of good things,"

    He mentioned benevolence for the poor, affordable housing, the transitional shelter, and a navigator program for the homeless and others in need, as great programs offered by St. Vincent de Paul.




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