JUNEAU The Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority has received $172,500 to prevent substance abuse and crime among young people who live in its 545 units of low-income housing in 15 Southeast communities.
The funding comes from the federal Housing and Urban Development's Indian Housing Drug Elimination Grant program.
"Working with the 764 youth under the age of 18 who live in our subsidized housing is an important part of how the housing authority supports families in Southeast Alaska," said THRHA Executive Director Blake Kazama in a statement.
The grant will be used to support families through education, said grant coordinator Annette Ulmer. "Teaching life and leadership skills, helping individuals get their GED and giving people the tools they need to make positive choices in their life will be our focus," she said.
The grant will go toward the Juneau Boys and Girls Club, ongoing youth programs in Angoon, Kake and Klukwan, and to send youth delegates from 15 Southeast communities to a conference in California sponsored by the United National Indian Tribal Youth organization. UNITY is a national network organization that promotes personal development, citizenship and leadership among Native youths.