Housing for alcoholics in Anchorage may be moved

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan thinks an apartment for alcoholics at a busy downtown intersection should be relocated.

KTUU-TV (http://is.gd/UDDRPV ) reports Sullivan made his suggestion at an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce meeting.

People who work nearby feel the location at a busy intersection poses safety concerns for the residents. But the facility's division manager says Karluk Manor has been successful at its present location. A year after the housing first project opened, 80 percent of the residents are still there. Kenny Scollan says that's a good result for this population of chornic inebriates.

A proposed new location is in the Mountain View area, bu the Mountain View Community Council says it wants to be involved in all future discussions about the idea.

Housing first is a new approach to homelessness that invites people with problems like drug abuse or alcoholism to move into apartments, where services are provided to help them with their problems.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com

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