Housing providers search for solutions to overcrowding in rural Alaska | Alaska Insight

High cost, complicated shipping and limited building materials in rural Alaska contribute to tight quarters in many homes.

Lori Townsend discusses the limitations and solutions with Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Chair Chris Kolerok and Colleen Dushkin, executive director of the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities.

a family on a couch watching tv with antlers in the background holding up ski goggles
Sophia Katchatag, her husband Murphy Katchatag and their son Eric, Jr., 4, watch TV in their small, two bedroom home in Shaktoolik, Alaska, in January 2022. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

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Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV/Radio Broadcast Journalist where she got the opportunity to travel around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, and Australia reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, backpacking, learning piano, yoga, and trying new foods.