Trust directs $150,000 for Juneau’s southeast community services center

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority approved $150,000 in funding for the final design and site preparation work on the new facility planned at Teal Street and Alpine Avenue.

    United Human Services of SE Alaska plans a 12,500 square foot facility that will accommodate multiple tenants and create a nonprofit center in Juneau.

    It would serve as a one-stop-shop for Trust beneficiaries seeking services.

    The groups expected to be housed there include Southeast Alaska Independent Living, Alaska Legal Services, Disability Law Center of Alaska, NAMI Juneau, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, United Way of Southeast Alaska, and the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition.

    The CBJ assembly this week approved a $1.1 million grant for the facility.

    By having all these agencies in one location, clients will benefit from facilitated referrals, greater awareness of available resources, and reduced transportation costs.

    The agencies also will benefit financially by sharing one location.

    "This collaborative project will have a tremendously positive impact for not only Trust beneficiaries receiving needed services in Juneau, but for the nonprofit agencies providing those services," said board chair Chris Cooke, "This grant is a great example of the Trust's support for improvements to the continuum of community-based services that are so essential in improving the lives and circumstances of our beneficiaries."

    United Human Services of SE Alaska Executive Director Joan O'Keefe said they are thrilled to partner with the Trust in bringing an innovative project to fruition, "The SCSC will be at the heart of a collaborative social services campus designed to address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.  By working together to strengthen the way our services are delivered, we will improve outcomes for seniors and people who experience disabilities in our community."








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