MAT-SU — On the Friday morning before Labor Day, a tall, thin man wearing a flannel shirt and worn jeans walked into Dennie Jaques’ office at the Wasilla Senior Center and filled out a housing form.

The man, who was 67, had been living in a camper shell atop his older-model black pickup. Jaques, marketing manager Diana Straub and executive director Sondra Kaplan gave the man something to eat and tried in vain to find him a place to stay.

“Federal and state funding regulations have our hands so tied we couldn’t offer him an apartment even if there was one available,” Kaplan said. “He didn’t have enough income. Isn’t that sad? You don’t even make enough money to be considered needy?”

The man returned to his truck that day with enough food to tide him through the holiday weekend. He’s returned since then to eat lunch at the center. continue reading>>

Source: Tracy Kalytiak (Frontiersman)

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