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Anchorage Children's Home Program Needs Funding

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A local program that helps homeless youth is desperate need of financial support. The Anchorage Children's Home received federal funding for at least two of its residential programs, but the Street Outreach and Recovery program was left out.

It's a support system that has help those like 18 year-old Anthony Edwards, who has not always had a stable environment.

"Really, I was homeless. I didn't have a place to go. I was sleeping in a house with no water no electricity," says Edwards.

With no safe place to call home, Anthony turned to the Anchorage Children's Home for help.

"They helped me have a safe place to live, find a job. They gave me free trolley passes and anything you would ever ask for."

The Street Outreach and Recovery program (SOAR) opened its doors. It offered essentials like food, water and transportation, but mentor support, as well.

Last month, however, the program got some bad news. While the Anchorage Children's Home received funding for the Hidle House and the Bridge Transitional Living program, SOAR is not being refunded.

"As of right now, the money is gone," says Brooke Bullard, the development director at Anchorage Children's Home. "So we have it to use until the end of October. We're just hoping that we can come up with something, or some other funding source will come through or the community will step up and provide some private dollars to get us through."

SOAR is a mobile program and is completely federally funded. Anchorage Children's Home will reapply for the grant next summer.