Public Safety Officer Housing
CCHRC is helping several villages bring much-needed law enforcement to town through building affordable, energy-efficient homes. As a lack of housing is cited as the greatest challenge to recruiting public safety officers to rural Alaska, tribes are taking the extra step of providing homes for potential applicants. Because the tribes will pay for heat and electricity, the homes need to be as energy efficient as possible so as not to become a financial liability for cash-strapped tribal governments. CCHRC is working with Huslia and Tununak to design and build Six Star homes through a grant from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.
Huslia is a Koyukuk Athabascan village on the Koyukuk River. The tribe asked CCHRC to design a duplex home and provide technical assistance during construction. The building will use an integrated truss wall filled with 12 inches of blown-in cellulose for a R-value of 42, twice as insulated as a standard two-by-six frame house. It will provide housing for a VPSO as well as a health professional.
Tununuk is a Yup'ik village in southwest Alaska. Our CCHRC team is designing a three-bedroom home for a public safety officer and their family, and will also train a local crew to build the home. In addition to energy efficiency, safety is a driving feature of the home design.