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Dividends may stress families, jeopardize social programs

SITKA, ALASKA Social service agencies in Sitka are concerned that this year’s large permanent fund dividend and energy rebate may create a range of problems for local families. The sudden inflow of money into some families may cause unexpected stress, or jeopardize eligibility for social services.
The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has been coordinating a series of meetings among local service providers to prepare for some of the challenges the community may face as this year’s dividend checks begin to appear in local financial institutions.
KCAW’s Robert Woolsey met recently with Roxanne Houston and Phil Nielsen in the Tribe’s Education and Employment assistance department, and with Kathy Branch-Gadd of Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services:
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