Alaska Earthquake Leaves 46 Individuals Displaced

Alaska Earthquake Leaves 46 Individuals Displaced

From RurAL CAP

Forty-six individuals are left without a home as a result of the destructive earthquake on November 30th in Anchorage, Alaska. Donations are needed for supplies and critical building repairs.

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Update #3

13 days ago

All 46 tenants are home, but their journey is not yet over.

Televisions toppled and broke, units require cleaning, and the repairs that were completed on the building were a temporary fix to get tenants home as quickly as possible.

Help is still needed: Donations of supplies such as sweat pants sizes Large and Extra Large, cleaning supplies, and small wall-mount televisions are still needed to replace critical items lost during the earthquake. Please contact communications@ruralcap.com or Elizabeth Milliken at 907-865-7206 for more information.

Additionally, RurAL CAP is still seeking financial support to aid in addressing the expenses accrued from building repairs and maintenance resulting from damages sustained by Friday's earthquake; repairing essential damages is estimated in excess of $50,000.

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The Need

On Friday morning, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake jolted Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska cracking and collapsing roads and highways, damaging buildings, and knocking out power. As a result of this destruction, 46 individuals have been displaced from their home.

Tenants of RurAL CAP’s Karluk Manor, a housing first facility, were forced to leave their homes Friday following the massive earthquake when the waterline furnishing the facility became compromised. Among the damage is failed water heaters, severe water damage, and other structure damage.

Tenants and staff are safe; tenants are currently seeking temporary shelter at St. John United Methodist Church. 

How You Can Help

Donations are needed for supplies and critical building repairs.

About RurAL CAP & Karluk Manor

Since its establishment in 1965, the mission of Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) has been improving the quality of life of low-income Alaskans through education, training, providing direct services, advocacy, and strengthening the ability of low-income Alaskans to advocate for themselves. RurAL CAP’s Supportive Housing Division helps individuals move to economic independence by addressing the frequent interrelated problems of homelessness, addiction, and mental illness and increasing access to affordable housing for low-income Alaskans. 

Tenants of Karluk Manor are formerly chronic homeless individuals who experience disabling conditions such as mobility issues, mental health disorders, brain injury, and special needs. Karluk Manor offers housing stability, and onsite tenancy support and behavioral health services.

For more information contact communications@ruralcap.com

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RurAL CAP posted a new update:
13 days ago

Update #3

All 46 tenants are home, but their journey is not yet over.

Televisions toppled and broke, units require cleaning, and the repairs that were completed on the building were a temporary fix to get tenants home as quickly as possible.

Help is still needed: Donations of supplies such as sweat pants sizes Large and Extra Large, cleaning supplies, and small wall-mount televisions are still needed to replace critical items lost during the earthquake. Please contact communications@ruralcap.com or Elizabeth Milliken at 907-865-7206 for more information.

Additionally, RurAL CAP is still seeking financial support to aid in addressing the expenses accrued from building repairs and maintenance resulting from damages sustained by Friday's earthquake; repairing essential damages is estimated in excess of $50,000.

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RurAL CAP posted a new update:
13 days ago

Update #2

RurAL CAP is happy to report that initial building repairs have been completed and all 46 tenants of Karluk Manor were able to move out of the emergency shelter and return to their homes Wednesday morning.

Thank you to the countless community partners and members that contributed to this successful homecoming!

Photo: Staff assist a resident of Karluk Manor into an awaiting shuttle as all 46 tenants were escorted home Wednesday morning.

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RurAL CAP posted a new update:
15 days ago

Update #1

A huge thank you to St. John United Methodist Church for providing shelter and Sal's New York Grill and Catering for providing meals to Karluk Manor's displaced tenants, and to all those who have reached out in support of RurAL CAP and our community! We are humbled by your kindness and generosity.

Update: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/12/02/karluk-manor-evacuated-turns-to-church-for-shelter/

Photo: Betty Sanchez Sopcak (l), her husband Daniel (bottom), and her uncle James Sugar (r) take shelter with other residents of Karluk Manor at St. John United Methodist Church after the Nov. 30 earthquake. Credit: Hillman/Alaska Public Media

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