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Remote Alaska community builds house for homeless resident

Published: Feb. 11, 2021 at 5:13 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The people of White Mountain, Alaska have come together to provide a home for one of their community members.

A resident of the community had spent last year sleeping in a small tent, even through the winter months. In response to this situation, the White Mountain Native Corporation and Bering Straits Housing Authority fronted the funds to have a shed purchased from Lowe’s and shipped to White Mountain.

Through the efforts of an all volunteer crew, the shed was customized into a small insulated mini-home with a woodstove and a bed.

White Mountain Village Public Safety Officer Daniel Harrelson assisted in the efforts to provide a comfortable living space to his fellow resident. He said, “Our local native corporation for White Mountain saw that he was pretty much homeless. So for around the past year he’s been sleeping in a tent maybe an 8th of a mile out of the village, and I was worried he’s gonna freeze to death, get sick or pneumonia. So anyway the corporation funded a... like a garden shed you see in the parking lot of Lowe’s or Home Depot. They paid for it and had it shipped to White Mountain. The village has really been behind it as far as, you know, donating bedding, and pots and pans.”

A community effort of volunteers worked together to install a floor and properly insulate White...
A community effort of volunteers worked together to install a floor and properly insulate White Mountains newest home.(Daniel Harrelson)

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