PUBLISHED: 6:12 PM on Wednesday, October 8, 2008
United Way and CBJ to host Affordable Housing Summit
The United Way of Southeast Alaska and the City and Borough of Juneau's Affordable Housing Commission will host an Affordable Housing Summit on Oct. 13 at Centennial Hall from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The program is open to the public and is free of charge.

"One of Juneau's most pressing challenges is the ability to attract and to retain young families. A healthy range of affordable housing is one of the keys to meeting this challenge. The Housing Summit offers many promising strategies for non-profit and for-profit developers and individuals interested in moving Juneau in the right direction," said Cathy Munoz, chairwoman of the Affordable Housing Commission.

In 2005, seventy-two percent of the people surveyed in the United Way of Southeast Alaska's community assessment titled Compass II, identified affordable housing as the number one issue facing residents. Since then, the City and Borough of Juneau set up an affordable housing commission to find solutions.

The focus of the Summit will be on shaping the concept of a City and Borough of Juneau Housing Fund. CBJ Planning and Permitting and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce will also conduct valuable work sessions.