Set Free Alaska

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

A faith-based addiction treatment nonprofit is struggling to find a location for a new residential center. Set Free Alaska has been searching for months for a place in the Homer area to launch a 16-bed inpatient facility for men and their children. 

The organization recently considered converting a former bed and breakfast about six miles out East End Road into the new center. But residents who live near there, such as Scott Meyer, objected to it. 

Meyer said he supports a residential treatment center. Just not near him.

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Set Free Alaska, a faith-based addiction treatment program, is moving forward with plans to open a 16-bed residential treatment facility for men in downtown Homer.

The Homer Advisory Planning Commission approved Set Free’s request for a conditional-use permit Wednesday, which will allow it to open the treatment center in the basement of the Refuge Chapel in the city’s central business district.

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The Homer City Council decided not to provide funding to a faith-based substance abuse residential treatment center. Set Free Alaska hoped to receive nearly $200,000 from the city to help it launch a 16-bed men’s facility later this year, but some council members say the city needs to craft a policy before it provides large amounts of funding to nonprofits.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Homer City Council is deciding whether to help fund a substance abuse treatment center in Homer. Set Free Alaska, a Christian-based organization, hopes to provide men’s residential and co-ed outpatient treatment services. But some of Set Free’s statements about how it compares to other facilities may be misleading, and some residents are questioning the proposed 16-bed operation.

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The Homer City Council postponed making a decision on whether to help fund a residential drug treatment program Monday. Originally, some council members proposed donating nearly $200,000 to help Set Free Alaska, a Christian-based organization, set up a men’s residential treatment center in Homer.

But some members of the local opioid task force have some concerns about Set Free and say that the city should also fund existing local drug prevention and addiction efforts.