This is a poster for the play “A Lifetime to Master”. It debuted in Juneau, Alaska on January 16, 2015 after more than two years in the making. The author interviewed many of the residents of our homeless shelter. They made their voices heard.
Juneau is the most homeless city in Alaska. There are 3 times as many homeless per capita in Juneau as there are in Los Angeles County.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Juneau has built and brought under management 124 low-income affordable apartments in the last 15 years. We have four more projects in the pipeline that have been awarded Tax Credit financing. Within three years, we could have more than 200 low-income affordable housing opportunities under the ownership / management of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The population of Juneau is about 30,000 souls.
Yet, the real impact on poverty was the creation of 12 livable wage careers with St. Vinnie’s. These are maintenance and management positions and have been filled mostly from the ranks of the poor--residents of our campus.
Contributed by Dan Austin, General Manager