To the Editor:

I have recently had an assignment at the Kodiak College to write a research paper. The topic I chose was on homelessness. It is an issue not only in Kodiak but throughout the entire country.

I did extensive research for this paper and found out many issues and facts on the subject.

The most interesting thing I found out was about a strategic plan by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness called Opening Doors. This plan was approved by the President and Congress and put into action in 2010. Their vision statement is the following: “No one should experience homelessness. No one should be without a safe, stable place to call home.”

The plan has 10 basic objectives to end homelessness, targeting every type of homeless person. Many communities and States are adapting the plan and becoming an “Opening Doors Community”.

I think it would greatly benefit the people of Alaska to become an Opening Doors state, and help our own people to get back on their feet.

Jasmine Gilpin

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