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Assembly candidate Q&A: Should the Kincaid Park homeless development continued?

Anchorage residents will vote on candidates for six open seats on the 11-member Anchorage Assembly at the municipal election on April 1. To give readers a better sense of who they'd be voting for, the Daily News asked each of the 13 hopefuls a series of questions on their backgrounds and on key issues facing the city. In the days leading up to the campaign, we're printing answers to selected questions in the newspaper, while full responses are posted at adn.com/assemblysurvey.

LAST YEAR, SULLIVAN PULLED BACK PLANS FOR A LARGE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FOR THE HOMELESS NEAR KINCAID PARK. WAS THAT THE RIGHT DECISION? WHY?

East Anchorage

• Adam Trombley: Yes. It should be in a more rural area that will reduce the impact to surrounding areas.

• Mao Tosi: Yes, because the Kincaid community did not want this project in their community.

• Pete Petersen: No. The city's Ten Year Plan on Homelessness calls for exactly this sort of program to move homeless people into housing and allow them to become self-sufficient.

South Anchorage

• Pete Nolan: Government has no business being in business, whether that is a coffee stand or building and managing a large housing development for anyone.

• Bill Evans: Yes and no. A plan that integrates treatment, housing and other social services in close geographic proximity is good. I don't think the Kincaid park area, however, was the best location for such a project.

• Bruce Dougherty: When there was a huge outcry against this proposal, the mayor listened to the community and I respect that- he made the right call. We need to be creative in solving the inebriant problem, but the wishes of communities and neighborhoods should be respected.

West Anchorage

• Phil Isley: Yes. I have met three types of homeless people. The first have fallen on hard times and need a helping hand. The second enjoy that way of life. The third are there because it is the easiest and when it gets hard they will leave.

• Tim Steele: Yes it was the right decision. But, we still have a serious housing, treatment and safety issue for the homeless in Anchorage. Creative solutions are needed. Also the municipality hasn't filled a long vacant Homeless Coordinator position. That might be a start.

Eagle River-Chugiak

• Bill Starr: Yes. The location was too far away from transportation and social and health care providers.

• Sharon Gibbons: I believe that is was the right idea, but the wrong location. Hopefully we can find a way to implement it, just somewhere else.

Midtown

• Elvi Gray-Jackson: Yes, it was the right decision. Although intentions were good, the community was not informed of the project and was fearful of having a homeless camp in their neighborhood. The Mayor should have educated the Sand Lake neighborhood prior to moving forward.

Downtown- Mountain View

• Patrick Flynn: We need additional resources for Anchorage's homeless population. This will most likely require a variety of facilities throughout Anchorage.

• Mark Martinson: Probably, because such housing developments need to be closer to the services that are provided to the people who need them.Assembly candidates on the issues

 



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