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Social worker coming to Loussac Library for homeless

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Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 2:24 PM AKDT
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Starting soon, the Loussac Library will have a social worker helping the homeless connect with resources.

Adult services librarian Sarah Preskitt says the library already has a number of homeless patrons or people in poverty who are at the library seeking information about programs like shelter or food.

Preskitt says UAA will have a student intern as the social worker twice a week at the library.

Perskitt says, "this is a partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage school of social work and DHHS so there's no cost to the muni we're just using resources that we already have."

The social work intern will seek out people to talk with but exactly how that will work is still being determined. Preskitt says the library wants to be respectful of peoples space and comfort level when talking about their situation.

The library says it's not seeking to draw in more homeless patrons.

"We're not opening up a new social services office per se," says Preskitt. "It's more let's connect people with things they're already looking for and people who are already here."

The program is expected to begin in late September or early October.