Loitering a Growing Concern Downtown


Jay Barrett/KMXT

A representative for a building downtown on the Mall expressed concern to the Kodiak City Council last week over what she sees as an increase in loitering problem. Tracy Moore works for the Alagnak Company.

(Hostel 1 36 sec "We own the downtown … bring it to your attention.")

The building houses the Safeway Liquor Store, which Rhonda Maker, owner of the soon-to-open hostel, sees as the real attractant for loiterers:

(Hostel 2 38 sec "A lot of people are out of work … very strick rules, of course.")

The hostel will be going into the space above Maker’s store, The Treasury and Treasury Home.

Kodiak’s sizable homeless population no longer have a designated place to go during the day, after two different organizations closed. Maker pointed out that a hostel, which offers more affordable accomodations than a hotel, is different than a shelter:

(Hostel 3 42 sec "The thing about it is … affordable place to stay.")

She says she plans to open the Kodiak Island Hostel sometime next month.


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