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Murkowski Secures Funding for Anchorage’s Abused Women’s Shelter

Transportation and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Includes $8.1 million for Alaska Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, secured $200,000 for the Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, or AWAIC, shelter in Anchorage in a Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations bill that cleared the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee today.

“This funding will help AWAIC make needed structural repairs to its facility so they can continue providing a safe haven for victims of domestic violence,” said Murkowski, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Transportation and Housing and Urban Development bill is scheduled for a vote by the full appropriations panel Thursday before moving to the Senate floor for consideration.

Last month Murkowski called on the head of the Justice Department’s Violence Against Women office to provide up to $552,000 to help the AWAIC shelter cope with serious over-capacity. That request is still pending.

Murkowski today announced a total of $8.1 million in funding for Alaska projects in the Transportation and Urban Development bill.

“This funding will pay for a variety of vital roads and bridges, airport lighting and urban development projects across Alaska, ranging from municipal bridges and trestles replacement in Ketchikan to the relocation of a crisis center facility in Anchorage,” Murkowski said.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill provides funding for the following Alaska items:

· Denali Commission Transportation Programs -- $1 million

· Fairbanks North Star Borough Road and Bridge Improvements -- $1 million

· Juneau International Airport Medium Intensity Approach Lighting System with Runway Alignment Lights -- $1 million

· Matanuska-Susitna Borough Road and Bridge Improvements -- $1 million

· Multi-Disciplinary Combined Facility (governmental and health services in one building) for the Copper River Native Association -- $1 million

· Bristol Bay -- $1 million for infrastructure expansion at the Port of Bristol Bay

· Covenant House Alaska Crisis Center -- $500,000 for the relocation of a crisis center facility in Anchorage

· City of Ketchikan replacement and rehabilitation of municipal bridges and trestles -- $500,000

· Sitka Waterfront Development -- $500,000

· Anchorage Community Land Trust -- $400,000 for rehabilitation and renewal of key blighted property along Mountain View Drive

· Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis Domestic Violence Shelter in Anchorage -- $200,000 for infrastructure improvements.

 

July 28, 2009

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