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Episode 56: Help for the homeless

By KTVA Alaska 8:12 AM May 23, 2016

It’s one of Anchorage’s biggest challenges: finding meaningful ways to help the homeless. This week on Frontiers, we attempt to take a deep dive into the issue.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • A look at the city’s new plan to get to get a handle on the homeless population ­from more accurate population numbers, to steering them towards housing, mental health services and drug and alcohol treatment.
  • An in-depth interview with Anchorage’s Mayor Ethan Berkowitz about a program launching this summer, putting street people to work in the woods, cleaning up homeless camps.
  • A profile of a couple, who spent many years living in the woods near downtown Anchorage. We learn­ what life was like then — and what it’s been like since they moved into a RurAL CAP housing project.
  • Our guests this week are: Nancy Burke, the city’s homeless coordinator, on loan from the Alaska Mental Health Trust, and Capt. Bill Miller, a veteran of the Anchorage Police Department.

To learn more about the city’s plan to deal with homeless camps, watch this extended interview with Burke and Miller.

While it’s impossible to cover all the bases of such a complicated issue, we hope we’ve put a face on the problem.

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