The property at 9290 Hurlock Avenue near the intersection of Egan Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road was vacant Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, but a group of nonprofit organizations are partnering to turn the site into a youth homeless center. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee voted unanimously Wednesday evening to draft an ordinance allocating funding to the project. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

The property at 9290 Hurlock Avenue near the intersection of Egan Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road was vacant Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, but a group of nonprofit organizations are partnering to turn the site into a youth homeless center. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee voted unanimously Wednesday evening to draft an ordinance allocating funding to the project. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Plans for youth shelter moving forward

A proposed youth homeless program takes another step closer to reality

The plan to create a youth shelter on Hurlock Avenue took a step closer to fruition Monday night.

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee gave direction to create an ordinance that will establish and operate a youth homelessness program and contribute $89,000 of the approximately $634,000 operating budget for the fiscal year 2021.

CBJ City Manager Rorie Watt said that the assembly had previously passed ordinances to authorize the manager to secure the property and one to enter into a lease agreement. This ordinance is a request to secure funding and complete the appropriation needed to operate.

City considers proposed youth homeless center

“I appreciate their efforts,” said Beth Weldon, CBJ mayor.

She noted that efforts continue to find funding sources that would ultimately reduce the cost to the city.

The shelter is a partnership among the Zach Gordon Youth Center and the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority.

The proposed project would provide temporary sheltering services for minors aged 10 to 18 until family reunification, foster care or other placement services are in place. Rapid rehousing services would be available for those between the ages of 18 and 20.

For over a year, Juneau has been without an emergency shelter for the 125 to 150 homeless youth and runaways the city sees in an average year, according to a project proposal from the housing authority and youth center.

Over 50% of homeless youth are teens, according to a presentation shared with the committee, which noted that the problem is increasing, has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and is the top priority of the Juneau Coalition on Housing and Homelessness.

Contact Dana Zigmund at dana.zigmund@juneauempire.com or 907-308-4891.

More in News

A Princess Cruise Line ship is docked in Juneau on Aug. 25, 2021. (Michael Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Ships in Port for the week of July 3

Here’s what to expect this week.

Mia Halloway (6) grabs a cotton candy with her dad in Savikko Park. A long string of kids stood in line to grab a cotton candy from the Twhrly Whrliy Cotton Candy stand on a bright and sunny Fourth of July afternoon. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Fun and sun mark holiday in Douglas

Hot dogs and panting pups present for festivities.

Rachel Hurst hands her son Benjamin, 4, a beach ball to throw to the crowd from the Hawaiian-themed Juneau Urgent Care float during the July 4 parade in downtown Juneau. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Juneau, the state of the union is festive

Melting pot of states, cultures and colors join in healthy unity for July 4 parade in unique times.

A Coast Guard aircrew and a Good Samaritan vessel rescued four mariners after their boat capsized in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, July 1, 2022. (Courtesy photo / USCG)
Good Samaritans rescue 4 after boat capsizes

The boat sank in Glacier Bay National Park.

It's a police car until you look closely and see the details don't quite match. (Juneau Empire File / Michael Penn)
Police calls for Tuesday, July 5, 2022

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

t
Police calls for Saturday, July 2, 2022

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Larisa Bishop Boros
This photo available under a Creative Commons license shows a male silver-haired bat captured in Ozark National Scenic Riverways in 2010. A bat found in Douglas tested positive for rabies, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced.
Bat found in Douglas tests positive for rabies

No report of rabies exposure to people, according to Department of Fish and Game.

It's a police car until you look closely and see the details don't quite match. (Juneau Empire File / Michael Penn)
Police calls for Friday, July 1, 2022

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Road to Majority conference Friday, June 17, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. A rally planned to include Trump is scheduled to happen in Anchorage on July 9.  (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey File)
Trump to rally for Palin, Dunleavy, Tshibaka in Anchorage

Former President Donald Trump plans to attend a rally in Alaska next week.

Most Read