Opinion: Help us in spread extra stimulus around Juneau

We want to support our community, especially those in need.

  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:58am
  • Opinion

This week, my wife and I were fortunate enough to receive COVID-19 stimulus funds. We fully endorse the passage of the COVID-19 stimulus bill in Congress, and rapid distribution of funds to assist families deal with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 crisis has been extremely hard on low-income families and low-earning individuals, who need assistance with basic living expenses: food, housing, and other fundamental needs. Most of the money will go straight into the economy, cycling back to pay wages for workers, housing, and the interconnected economic chains that supply food, transportation, and other essential services.

My wife and I have neither low income nor high income. We appreciate receiving the COVID-19 funds. We want to support our community, especially those in need. Our solution is simple: redistribute most of the funds we’ve received to three organizations focused on families in need:

— Catholic Community Services administers the CBJ rental assistance program.

— Family Progress offers a community-based approach to homeless families. The

— The Juneau Carbon Offset Fund of Renewable Juneau: Eligible low-income homeowners can get an air source heat pump to replace their oil burner, saving money and offsetting carbon at the same time.

We all know there are many other worthy organizations — The Glory Hall, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, St. Vincent de Paul. So help us in spreading extra stimulus around Juneau.

Bill Hanson and Kate Troll,


Columns, My Turns and Letters to the Editor represent the view of the author, not the view of the Juneau Empire. Have something to say? Here’s how to submit an opinion piece.

More in Opinion

Opinion: Voter suppression or election integrity?

Georgia’s recently passed voting law addresses perfectly rational concerns about election security.

Opinion: We do not have another decade to waste without protecting every Alaskan

Let’s end the cruel, and inhumane legal discrimination against our fellow Alaskans

Have something to say?

Here’s how to add your voice to the conversation.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: A campaign for Alaska

By Sheri Buretta and Cynthia Cartledge The University of Alaska is focused… Continue reading

A sign along Montana Creek Road encourages Juneau residents to wear face masks in public settings on Dec. 29. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: Motorized use would disturb Montana Creek area

By Mary F. Willson Montana Creek is a beautiful clear-water stream that… Continue reading

A role of "I Voted" stickers sit sanitizer. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: There’s a problem election reform efforts are ignoring

Campaigns should be shorter. But they aren’t.

This screenshot of an Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation map of PFAS sites in Alaska shows that contamination from so-called “forever chemicals” is observable throughout the state. (Screenshot | Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)
Opinion: Alaska needs to do more to ensure safe drinking water

Most of all, we need action at the local, state, and federal levels.

Opinion: How satellites may lead to broadband service for rural Alaska

Low Earth orbiting satellites may soon help Alaska to achieve a task force goal.

Most Read