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Homelessness in Ketchikan
By Lisa Scarborough


March 11, 2011
Friday PM

Homelessness in Ketchikan is becoming a bigger problem due to many factors such as the lack of full-time year round jobs which pay enough to cover rent, utilities and basic needs, high rent rates and lack of low-income housing.

In Ketchikan we have the following services that address homelessness; PATH, our local homeless shelter (which is not set up for families or women with children), WISH (which is geared for the shelter of women and children who have experienced Domestic Violence, they provide shelter to women who are homeless when they have space available), First City Homeless Services which provides a Day Shelter for those who are are homeless or marginally homeless Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Other services in our community are; Salvation Army Soup Kitchen which serves a meal Monday-Friday @ 12:30pm for all who come, St. John's Episcopal Churches Lord's Table which serves a meal @ 3pm on Sundays for all who come.

Yes we have problems that need to be addressed, but first those who are meeting the needs they can right now need to pull together to unite our resources and spaces and ideas so that Ketchikan has an answer to those who are homeless for whatever reason.

If you are really looking to help, give me a call, our taskforce is looking for people who want to improve the homeless situation in Ketchikan and starting this month will begin meeting to develop a plan of action.

Lisa Scarborough
Ketchikan, AK

About: "I am Executive Director of Love INC. I currently facilitate a Taskforce under the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition that is just beginning to tackle the issues of homelessness in Ketchikan beginning with uniting those who serve the homeless and developing a plan of action for the future."

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Received March 10, 2011 - Published March 11, 2011


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