Just hours after listening to the presentation given by Dr. John Morris at the Assembly Special Committee Meeting on Housing and Homelessness, Assemblymember Forrest Dunbar said on social media that he has “very significant concerns” about the mass shelter proposed by the incoming Bronson administration.
Dunbar says he believes the proposed facility is too large, noting that Dr. Morris indicated at today’s presentation that the Bronson administration expects the shelter to house up to 400 individuals temporarily but that the proposed facility has a capacity for 1,000.
Dunbar wrote on Twitter that the “expense numbers the (Bronson) administration has started with seem “totally unrealistic” and that the transition team has not accounted for fire danger, supply chain issues, isolation from services, timeline and more.”
Rep. Spohnholz even chimed in on the proposal writing on Twitter that “East Anchorage may be able to help address homelessness more than we currently do, but a 400+ person mass shelter facilities is not a good idea—anywhere.”
The Bronson administration is holding a town hall on Thursday, June 17th, from 5-7 at the Loussac Library to discuss the proposed mass shelter facility near Tudor/Elmore.
Current Assembly Vice-Chair Christopher Constant encouraged Anchorage residents to “Come one, come all” and to “tell them what you think.”
You can listen to today’s meeting below.