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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.

Respectfully,

Bradley Perkins, General Manager

Board of St. Vincent de Paul

Maureen Hall, President

Chris Gianotti, Vice-President

Peggy Mattson, Secretary

Bob Rehfeld, Treasurer

Katie Benning

Dave Ringle

Hilary Young

Bill Diebels, Jr. Ricardo Worl

Jim Studley

Mona Gallentes-Fenumiai

Deacon Mike Monagle, Spiritual Advisor