Brother Francis Kodiak to receive $752K
KODIAK, Alaska, Nov. 16, 2020 -- To address increased needs and challenges of serving Kodiak’s homeless population during the COVID-19 crisis, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation announces the award of a federally-funded grant that will support Brother Francis Shelter Kodiak in its outreach and case management services and make critical upgrades to its shelter. Of the $5 million awarded statewide, Brother Francis Shelter Kodiak will receive $752,197.
“As winter sets in and temperatures drop, it is critical for AHFC to be able to support nonprofits that provide essential housing services to keep at-risk Alaskans and those impacted by loss of income due to COVID-19 safe and warm,” said AHFC CEO/Executive Director Bryan Butcher. “Local organizations like Brother Francis Shelter Kodiak know their community better than anyone. This grant will help the shelter better serve the borough’s unique community needs.”
The grant will be used to rehabilitate the shelter’s ventilation system, bathrooms and entry, along with providing new laundry and sanitation equipment. It will also be used to avert eviction of families in temporary financial distress.
“Kodiak has seen a steady increase in demand for prevention services and we believe the need will only grow,” said Director Monte Hawver. “We estimate that this grant will enable us to help 60 households with prevention/placement services.”
To qualify for the grant Brother Francis Shelter Kodiak had to provide AHFC with several certifications of compliance, budget worksheets, a detailed explanation for how the funds will be used and proof of need.
About AHFC: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is a public corporation providing Alaskans access to safe, quality and affordable housing through residential financing, energy efficiency, public housing and more. Since 1986, Alaska Housing has contributed more than $2.1 billion to the State of Alaska.
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