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Valley Residential Services President and CEO John Weaver gave a presentation about their latest supportive housing unit with construction starting as soon as possible to open up by the end of 2020.

WASILLA — Valley Residential Services President and CEO John Weaver gave a presentation about their latest supportive housing unit with construction starting as soon as possible to open up by the end of 2020.

“We thought it would be a good fit for the Valley,” Weaver said.

Weaver said the upcoming unit is part of their ongoing effort to “help people get on their feet” and thrive in the community.

“What we’re trying to do is: we live in warm, suitable, safe environments; we’re trying to do that for someone else, given the chance so they can move on with the support they need,” Weaver said.

Weaver outlined the details for the upcoming Affordable Housing Facility which will be located off the Parks Highway and Vine Road and also took the opportunity to explain Valley Residential Services’ range of services and overall mission as a community-oriented nonprofit.

“It’s independent living,” Weaver said.

The new unit aims to support locals in need, including the homeless and those who’ve experienced incarceration or long-term substance abuse treatment. Qualifying applicants will work hand in hand with caseworkers to build essential life skills, help with job seeking, and other “wrap-around” services to help each client build a solid foundation to “get on their feet” and become “helpful, product citizens.”

“We’re in the business to house people,” Weaver said.

The $5 million project was made possible thanks to grants from sources like the Mat-Su Health Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation.

Valley Residential Services partnered with the Mat-Su Health Foundation so they can manage the building while the social workers handle the case management.

The upcoming unit is one of 400 special needs units across the community that Valley Residential Services manages. They offer services to a range of clients, including seniors, people with physical or mental disabilities, and low-income residents.

Housing ranges from large developments like apartment buildings and duplexes to single-family homes. The goal is to help each client establish themselves, maintain stability and growth and move onward to productive members of society who achieve the goals they entered with, like it’s a single mother looking to work up to a place of her how for her child, according to Weaver.

Valley Residential Services has been around for over 20 years. To date, they’ve brought in $30 million in construction funds to the Valley and control over $50 million dollars worth of property across the community, according to information provided on their website.

For more information about Valley Residential Services, call 907-357-0256 or visit valleyres.org.

For more information about Mat-Su Health Services, call 907-376-2411 or visit mshsak.org.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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