HAINES — Health organizations are joining a veteran housing plan in Southeast Alaska in an effort to tie together community services and improve patient care.
The Soboleff-McRae Veterans Village and Wellness Center announced ground floor occupants for the two-story building, now under construction in Haines. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium physical therapy, Southeast Alaska Independent Living, Lynn Canal Counseling Services, Hospice of Haines, Community and Veterans Organization, Cornerstone Home Care and Haines Assisted Living, Inc. each signed agreements with managing organization HAL indicating their intention to occupy the new center with local offices.
“We’re proud to welcome such valued community services into one cohesive location,” says HAL Board President James Studley. “Having these resources working together close to Main Street and veteran and elder housing will streamline the good work these groups are doing.”
The project is the first state-funded private veterans housing facility in Alaska and will be built over the next year and a half with 11 housing units for veterans upstairs and 10,000 square feet of office space downstairs for healthcare support organizations, like Hospice.
The facility is named for Tlingit elder Dr. Walter Soboleff and Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Howard McRae, Haines’ highest decorated military veteran. It is designed to provide permanent affordable housing and consolidated supportive services to veterans, elders and the greater community.