Letter to Alaska State Senate and House Finance Committees
March 29, 2019
Alaska State Senate and House Finance Committees
Alaska State Capitol
Juneau, Alaska 99801-1182
Regarding: Senate Bill 20 and House Bill 39
To Honorable Bert Stedman and Natasha von Imhof, Co-Chairs, and members of the Senate Finance Committee, and Honorable Neal Foster and Tammie Wilson, Co-Chairs, and members of the House Finance Committee:
We, the General Manager and Board of St. Vincent De Paul Society Diocesan Council of Southeast Alaska, Inc. (St. Vincent de Paul) are compelled to voice our support for full funding of the Human Services Matching Grant and the Special Needs Housing Grant. We urge the Senate and House Finance Committees to adopt a sustainable budget plan for FY 2020 (and future years), that preserves the safety net for the most vulnerable of our State’s citizens.
St. Vincent de Paul has been providing food, clothing, housing, financial assistance and services to people in need throughout Southeast Alaska since the 1980s. We operate a housing facility for individuals and families who struggle to help themselves out of homelessness. We also manage five apartment complexes (126 units) in Juneau that serve low-income individuals, families, and seniors, including the Juneau Housing First project for the chronically homeless and chemically-dependent.
Should the budget proposed by the Governor become effective as presented, St. Vincent de Paul would lose funding under the Human Services Matching Grant which supports our transitional housing facility, and funding under the Special Needs Housing Grant, which supports our tenants in our low-income apartment complexes. The elimination of these grant programs would result in many of our clients becoming homeless and would reduce our capacity to prevent homelessness.
St. Vincent de Paul believes the State of Alaska must continue to provide essential safety-net services to Alaska’s most vulnerable populations.
Bradley Perkins, General Manager
Board of St. Vincent de Paul
Maureen Hall, President
Chris Gianotti, Vice-President
Peggy Mattson, Secretary
Bob Rehfeld, Treasurer
Bill Diebels, Jr. Ricardo Worl
Deacon Mike Monagle, Spiritual Advisor