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Bethel shelter to open doors in time for Christmas

By KTVA CBS 11 News 9:28 PM December 16, 2013

Marks the first emergency shelter for the homeless in Bethel

ANCHORAGE - The winter cold can be deadly if you have nowhere warm to go. That’s why Bethel is about to open its first emergency shelter for the homeless.

The Bethel Winter House will be available to the public Christmas Eve thanks to the generosity of a local church.

About 5,700 people live in Bethel, and a recent survey by the Bethel Homeless Coalition found that 100 are homeless. Thirty-six of those 100 people are children.

The survey also found many of the homeless try to find shelter in abandoned buildings during the winter.

The Bethel Winter House, which will initially be located at Bethel Covenant Church, will give those people a warm and safe place to stay. The location will rotate, but the emergency shelter will be open through March 2014.

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