A spokesperson for Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson confirmed that Dr. John Morris has resigned as the Municipality’s homeless coordinator. In a statement provided to the Landmine about Morris’ resignation, Bronson’s said:
Mayor Bronson wants to thank him for his service and commitment to the Municipality of Anchorage.
The focus and mission remains the same in helping our city’s most vulnerable get the compassionate care and resources they need.
That includes working with the Anchorage Assembly with the strategy that involves housing, transitional housing, supportive housing, treatment, and navigation centers among other initiatives.
Bronson appointed Morris to his transition team after being elected. Bronson then appointed him homeless coordinator on July 1, his first day in office. Morris has been pushing for a mass care shelter located on Tudor and Elmore, but the Anchorage Assembly has pushed back on that proposal. The Sullivan Arena, set up as a temporary homeless shelter in March of 2020, continues to be a mass care shelter as the Bronson administration and Assembly attempt to figure out a long term plan.
Assembly Vice Chair Chris Constant provided the following comment when asked about Morris’ resignation:
While I’m not sure why Mr. Morris left, I’ve had a good experience working with him and think his perspective was valuable.
Members of the Facilitated working group are committed to proceed as we have invested a tremendous amount of good faith effort in producing the strategy that’s before the Assembly tonight.
Morris did not respond to a phone call or text message asking why he resigned.