The Buckland Healthy Homes project, led by the Native Village of Buckland, will provide comprehensive home-based healthy homes intervention services in Buckland, Alaska. The primary purpose of the project is to improve the quality of life, health, and safety of residents.
The Native Village of Buckland is a traditional Inupiaq community that depends on caribou, beluga whale, and seal for survival. Buckland is located 20 miles from the Chukchi Sea, with no roads connecting the community to the rest of the state. The community is growing, family-oriented, and has a strong and vibrant Inupiaq culture. Residents acknowledge the way of living in Buckland as a strength and opportunity and the community goal is to advance traditional skills by teaching youth about Inupiaq culture, the past, subsistence and survival skills, and responsibility.
However, the Tribe has concern about the safety and health of homes in Buckland because many are experiencing issues such as cold floors, cold windows, mold, sinking, gaping holes, no ventilation, a lack of insulation, and dangerous electrical wiring. Of the approximately 100 homes in the village, over two-thirds are more than 30 years old, meaning they were built without the knowledge and resources available today for cold climate buildings. The 2014 Alaska Housing Assessment reported that the most homes were not energy efficient and over two-thirds lack proper ventilation.
The project will bring together contractors, local crew members, and residents to provide comprehensive home-based healthy homes intervention services, prioritizing homes occupied by elders (55 years and older) and children under 7 years of age. The primary purpose of the project is to improve the quality of life, health, and safety of homeowners within the Native Village of Buckland. The project will target the assessment and remediation of up to 40 homes, with specific remediation activities determined by home surveys conducted, if possible, in the project’s first year.