Dear Neighbors & Friends,
Senator Begich and I hope you can join us tonight for our Summer Update. We appreciate your time and feedback so we can address your concerns. Talk to you then!
FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic this 4th of July holiday weekend will be different than others and comes at a time when many Alaskans and many Americans are having deep thoughts and conversations about where we are in our country, are learning more about our history, are being challenged to become engaged, and are being asked to help find ways to heal. Our history can’t be changed. It is done. There is no denying the lasting impacts of wrongdoings. I know we have a long way to go. I am also inspired by the level of involvement I am seeing from neighbors. I hope we can channel this energy into creating communities that are stronger than ever! We need to work towards equity in our policy work to achieve the systemic change I wrote about before. One great thing about this job is I get to meet a lot of people. What I know is we have to talent here in our community to guide us and I hope my colleagues will listen to the leaders among us and help turn those ideas into positive action. That’s how we can make our democracy strong!
In conversation after conversation it’s clear that one thing we have been reminded of over these last months is that what is really important in life, what really matters to us, are the people we love to spend our time with. We have missed the closeness of our friends and family. I hope this weekend brings time with loved ones, virtually or in person (safely, with a mask, at least six feet apart, of course!) and gives you a recharge for the weeks ahead.
As for events, well, there are none that I know of still happening. From the Anchorage Fairs and Festivals website –
*While most 2020 events — including Anchorage's Fourth of July celebration at Delaney Park Strip, Eagle River's fireworks display, and Seward's Fourth of July celebration and Mount Marathon race — have been canceled as a public safety precaution against the spread of COVID-19, it's never too early to start planning for summer 2021.*
MUNI HOUSING RELIEF PROGRAM STILL AVAILABLE – DON’T DELAY AND PLEASE SHARE!
Municipality of Anchorage Assistance United Way Program
The Municipality of Anchorage assistance program is a little different and requires a separate application. To apply for this program, residents need to call 2-1-1 and answer a series of screening questions. Interpreters are available at 2-1-1 to provide translation services over the phone. All screened applicants will be contacted to set up an appointment. Applicants will need to bring a photo ID, a rental/lease agreement or mortgage statement, and a copy of their most recent paystub or self-employment identification. Rental or mortgage assistance will be made out directly to landlords or mortgage companies, not to renters or borrowers.
The period will remain open until funds are exhausted or September 30, 2020, whichever comes first. Call 2-1-1 to apply.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Meetings have slowed down for summer, but don’t forget about your community council Facebook page as a way to keep in touch with neighbors!
Keep in touch with Airport Heights happenings here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/101546559886095/
Visit the Mountain View Community Council Facebook page here: neighbors:
To keep in touch with Russian Jack neighbors, please visit here: https://www.facebook.com/RussianJackcommunity/
We will keep you posted on future meetings.
Until next time,
P.S. For information on absentee voting, please go here: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/AKVoteEarly.php