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Anchorage NeighborWorks hopes to house homeless vets

By Lauren Maxwell Photojournalist: Nick Swann - 7:30 PM June 16, 2014

Finding affordable housing in Anchorage is a challenge for many people and that includes veterans. A local nonprofit is hoping to help veterans who are struggling with housing, especially those who are homeless.

Anchorage NeighborWorks is the nonprofit that recently purchased several lots in a Muldoon neighborhood. One of the properties has a five-plex. On Monday, crews from the agency were renovating the inside of the building while a small army of volunteers was working on the outside.

NeighborWorks’ Doug Lamkin said the building will primarily house vets with families. He said that’s not the stereotype many people think of when they hear the term “homeless vet.”

“It doesn’t necessarily mean someone is living in a tent behind Carrs somewhere, just begging on a street,” Lamkin said. “ It could be somebody that comes back to their community and finds there is no place to live. Unless you want to live in what I would call a slum lord environment.”

NeighborWorks is hoping to secure funding to build two more housing complexes at the Muldoon site they are calling “Patriot Square.” They expect to have 23 units by the time they are through.

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