How much?

Anchorage Assemblywoman Meg Zaletel wants to spend about $2.4 million for a new round-the-clock homeless shelter for about 150 in Midtown.

The money would come from $250,000 in existing Anchorage Health Department funds and a budget cut of less than 1 percent across all city departments except for “depreciation, debt service, the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage Fire Department,” her proposal says.

The proposed shelter would be separate from the Brother Francis Shelter, also with a capacity of up to 150 people. Which lucky neighborhood would get the honor of hosting the new shelter is unspecified.

That brings up questions. With the homeless population in Anchorage on the rise and with spending on the homeless also climbing, you have to wonder: How much money will be enough – $2 million, $20 million, $60 million? Where will it end? To an average citizen it appears that the more we spend, the more homelessness we get.

Too many, the city’s homelessness funding is looking a lot like education spending. When the education industry is asked how much it needs to fix its problems, the answer is always and emphatically “more.”

It appears those who see more and more funding as the answer to the city’s homelessness problem have learned well.

6 Responses to How much?

  1. John London November 19, 2019 at 10:28 am

    The left created this problem with their promotion of the drug and party culture for over half a century now.

    Let them pay for the exponents of this debauch.

    Lets have bell ringers and money pots at their food establishments, watering holes and upper scale outdoor recreation outlets.

    Better yet, make the new shelters available in their homes.

    Put the money where the mouth is as the old saying go’s.

  2. Will Gay November 19, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Meanwhile the other 297,000 of us get…….. ? 36th from New Seward to Providence , 4 lanes of ice chunks and glare ice. Not much traffic, just UAA students, emergency vehicles and people going to visit their sick relatives and friends. Why would you want to plow and sand that insignificant arterial? It would be interesting to see what the street looks like in front of the Mayor’s house. All we hear about is HOMELESS. What about the RESTUVUS?

  3. Morrigan November 19, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Kudos to Peoples Assemblyperson Zaletel who appears to have figured out the puzzle.
    From the article: “Zaletel says the amendment funds day shelter services at two locations: Brother Francis with capacity for around 100-150 people and another unknown location with capacity for about 150 people.”
    “Zaletel would like to see the shelter operate both day and night.”
    Expect this venture to end up with three or four hundred bums getting a permanent mailing address at Zalatel’s Zoo regardless of whether or not they choose to live there.
    That means three or four-hundred extra mail-in voters can be registered at Zalatel’s Zoo. Even better, caring people can show them how to vote correctly.
    Even way better, caring people could cast the bums’ votes for them if, say, they (the bums) were not there in mind, body, or both.
    What’s a “…nearly $2.4 million price tag”?
    Gentle Readers, does anybody believe that’s not just a down payment, a give-away to some favorite contractor to get them interested?
    Hardened cynics, told-you-so’ers, will expect a non-profit, a Native corporation, to show up at the last minute with desperately needed help costing several times the “…nearly $2.4 million price tag” that’ll be a done deal before anybody gets wise.
    We’re told Zalatel’s Zoo will conform to our Assembly’s carefully crafted vision of urban utopia: “Done in a very mindful manner. My vision is secured outdoor area; no neighborhood impacts,”.
    How ’bout that vision? Mindful… what is that, exactly? Secured outdoor area… for what? Privacy for drug deals, rapes, assaults, defecation, voter registrations?
    Bottom line is bums will get their “Mindful”, “secured”, no neighborhood impacts”, at taxpayers’ expense, plus a physical address so they can register, or be registered, to vote.
    Good news is once the concept takes off and more property-tax exempt Zalatel Zoos pop up, somebody’ll get a prize and a lot of grant money, unions and contractors’ll get that money after a decent rake off, and best of all, the city’s mail-in vote system will be sufficiently evolved to assure no bond, tax, or liberal candidate -ever- gets left behind.
    There’s our utopia, what’s not to like?

  4. Fred Flintstone November 20, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I can never understand why liberals refuse to look at other cities that have already implemented their hare brained ideas.

    Let’s look at Seattle. The homeless/industrial complex has nearly, not quite, destroyed that once beautiful city. It’s not safe to walk the streets during daylight hours.

    So why does Zalatel think it will be any different here? We can’t even prevent drunks from congregating at Spenard & Minnesota and falling into the roadway.

  5. Marge November 20, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    When oh When are these politicians going to figure out throwing more money does not fix the problem. Morrigan is correct what is not to like. Will, I could not agree with you more. C Street is like a rut/ skating rink. We all need to learn this lesson: There isn’t any rest of us. Whether it is city, the school district, the state or the nation, they spend our money foolishly and beg for more.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

  6. John London November 20, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    What they are really doing is throwing money into their own pockets in one way or another……VIC Victim Industrial Complex

    Ask yourself WHY would white snowflakes really care about minorities?

    They Don’t….


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