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Sen. Begich Welcomes Sec. Donovan to Alaska Housing roundtable, Mountain View tour on agenda

U.S. Senator Mark Begich and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan will discuss low income housing opportunities in Anchorage, solutions to the problem of homelessness, and tour housing revitalization projects in Mountain View on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Sec. Donovan is coming to Alaska as part of President Obama's "Rural Tour" taking Cabinet Secretaries and top administration officials across the country to host a series of discussions on how communities, states, and the federal government can work together to help strengthen rural America.

Before joining the other Cabinet Secretaries on Wednesday, Aug. 12 for meetings and community discussions in Bethel, Sec. Donovan is spending Tuesday meeting with various groups and agencies in Anchorage to talk about the many ways HUD has improved housing opportunities for Alaskans.

"This will be a great opportunity to show Secretary Donovan the many successes that have come from HUD's strong partnership with Alaska," Sen. Begich said. "We look forward to being able to show him around Anchorage, highlight some of the incredible work that has been done, but also continue the discussion of what we can do to improve the homeless picture."

The Anchorage visit with Sec. Donovan and Sen. Begich will include opportunities for the media including:
  • Housing Roundtable - 11 a.m. - noon, Camp Fire USA, 161 Klevin Street;
  • News Conference - 2 p.m., Bliss Street Housing demolition, with Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) President Carol Gore (541 N. Bliss Street, between Thompson and McPhee Streets) where three deteriorated properties will be demolished. CIHA is building new urban style duplex town homes providing 10 new homes on the property;
  • Mountain View Tour -2:30 p.m., following the news conference Sec. Donovan and Sen. Begich will join Ms. Gore on a tour of Mountain View to see housing revitalization efforts led by CIHA. Media can gather for the tour stop at 3208 Tarwater St.

Sec. Donovan will also join Sen. Begich Tuesday morning for "Talk of Alaska" on the Alaska Public Radio Network. The show hosted by Steve Heimel is live from 10 to 11 a.m., on KSKA. 91.1 FM.

August 7, 2009

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