Veterans City

“According to the Alaska-based newspaper Alaska Star, a new non-profit organization has proposed the construction of a “Veterans City” at the old Eklutna Lodge, approximately midway between the Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage. This city’s mission would be to house the area’s homeless veterans (and others) and help them start down the path to a more stable lifestyle. As it stands now, the plan would be to provide housing on an ‘honor-farm’ system for about 400 homeless people, with priority given to homeless veterans. An ‘honor farm’ is a situation where residents contribute their labor in exchange for room and board, as well as a variety of other services. This new plan, which is still in its infancy and has yet to address the financial demands of such an undertaking, grew out of dissatisfaction with the way Anchorage is handling the problems both faced and posed by the area’s most vulnerable community members.”

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