Housing First Opening

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Maria Lovishchuk, Executive Director of the Glory Hole, left, Jeannette Lacey, a board member of the Housing First Collaborative, and Deacia Davis, program manager, right, give a tour of the finished Housing First Project on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The first eight of 32 residents will move in during the next week.

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The finished Housing First Project on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The first eight of 32 residents will move in during the next week.

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Housing specialists Mary Gianotti, left, and Andy Ferguson move fresh linen and cleaning supplies to each of the finished apartments at the Housing First Project on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The first eight of 32 residents will move in during the next week.

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The finished Housing First Project on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The first eight of 32 residents will move in during the next week.

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The front desk of the clinic at the Housing First Project on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The first eight of 32 residents will move in during the next week.

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Maria Lovishchuk, Executive Director of the Glory Hole gives a tour of the finished Housing First Project on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, including the building's air-to-air heat pump system. The first eight of 32 residents will move in during the next week.

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Housing specialist Andy Ferguson moves fresh linen and cleaning supplies to each of the finished apartments at the Housing First Project on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The first eight of 32 residents will move in during the next week.

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Housing specialist Mary Gianotti puts out fresh linen and cleaning supplies in one of the 32 apartments at the finished Housing First Project on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The first eight residents will move in during the next week.

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Each floor at the finished Housing First Project has a laundry room. The first eight of 32 residents will move in during the next week.

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Housing specialist Mary Gianotti puts out fresh linen and cleaning supplies in one of the 32 apartments at the finished Housing First Project on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The first eight residents will move in during the next week.

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Some of Juneau’s most vulnerable residents will have a warm, safe place to live within the week.

The first eight residents of the Housing First supportive housing facility will move in sometime in the next week, multiple board members said Tuesday. The building’s grand opening is today at 11:30 a.m., where members of the public can get a tour of the 32-unit facility located in Lemon Creek geared toward housing homeless alcoholics and inebriates.

Program Director Dacia Davis has worked in social services for 14 years across the state, and said she hasn’t seen anything like this in Alaska.

“I see it as extremely unique,” Davis said, “because it’s really just allowing the tenants to guide their own choices and we as a staff get to show up and be positive supports as much or as little as (the tenants) want.”

Read the rest of the story here.

Photos by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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