City approves funding for housing coordinator

Posted: Friday, July 03, 2009

The Juneau Assembly decided to fund a full-time position to coordinate efforts for more affordable housing in the city.

The Juneau Economic Development Council will manage $100,000 from a low-income housing fund.

The Affordable Housing Commission requested the position because the city needs a point person to promote affordable housing efforts, commission chairman Steve Sorensen told the Assembly on Monday.

The commission worked at several meetings to define the job, Sorensen said, which includes identifying grants and providing a forum for organizations to work together on affordable housing.

A 2006 housing report showed that 750 housing units are needed in the city, according to Scott Ciambor, chairman of the Juneau Homeless Coalition who also spoke at the meeting.

The funding agreement between the city and the JEDC will be for one year.

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