• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
57s

Community dedicates new Clare House shelter

By Lauren Maxwell 10:22 PM October 30, 2013

The new shelter has twice as much space as the former facility

ANCHORAGE – Homeless women and their children have a new place to stay tonight, now that the new Clare House has officially opened its doors.

The shelter has moved to a new home in Spenard, and Tuesday marked the official dedication ceremony. The shelter was supposed to open earlier this summer, but workers who converted an old hotel into the shelter encountered a number of challenges, including replacing the entire roof.

“There’s been a lot of challenges but it’s all happened in less than a year,” said Catholic Social Services Director Susan Bomalaski. “Really it all happened in about nine months because we really didn’t start full-on until last January. So, it’s been an amazing journey with a lot of help from the community.”

The new shelter can hold up to 120 people: That’s a big jump from the old one, which had a maximum capacity of about 45 women and children. Bomalaski says the new Clare House has other advantages, including a transitional housing unit where residents will be allowed to stay for up to two years while they get back on their feet and search for permanent housing.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Spring Hill Elementary students honored for saving girl’s life

    by Joe Vigil on May 25, 11:03

    It’s certainly not something they learned in a classroom, but some elementary school students made all the right decisions when something awful happened at the Southwood Manor Mobile Home Park recently in South Anchorage. Ten-year-old Emily Harris was climbing a tree when she slipped and fell. The hood of her hooded sweatshirt became snagged a branch. […]

  • News

    US general heading Alaska forces outlines potential threats

    by Associated Press on May 25, 10:27

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – A U.S. military general has told Alaska business owners that he’s more worried about North Korea’s missile advancements than he is about the country’s current military capabilities. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Wednesday that Air Force Lt. Gen. Ken Wilsbach made the comments at a Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce luncheon. He is […]

  • News

    Police involved in shooting in South Anchorage neighborhood

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 25, 7:10

    Anchorage police officers were reportedly involved in a shooting early Thursday morning while pursuing a suspect through a South Anchorage neighborhood. According to a Nixle alert from police, officers were called to the area of 1200 China Berry Circle around 4:30 a.m. to investigate a report of a prowler. When they arrived, officers discovered that someone had […]

  • News

    Juneau girl donates national competition money to hospital

    by Associated Press on May 25, 6:49

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Eleven-year-old Leora Murray had been asked by her teacher to define kindness, so she wrote a poem about it. But little did she know, that poem would go on to win her $250 in a national competition. And little did 70 patients at a nearby hospital know, Leora would be giving […]

  • News

    South Anchorage homeowners fed up with trashed properties, squatters

    by Daniella Rivera on May 24, 22:17

    People who live near multiple trashed properties in South Anchorage say the municipality should be able to do something about the health hazards they’re living next to; but, after months — and in one case years — of reaching out for help, they’re still waiting on a solution. At The Learning Farm on Gander Street […]

  • News

    President Trump includes opening ANWR in budget proposal

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 24, 20:35

    While lawmakers are debating the best way to balance the state budget, President Trump says Alaska could play a big role in helping to fill the federal deficit; the president wants to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development. Kara Moriarty, president of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, said […]

  • Teen avoids prison in deal, apologizes to victims

    by Dave Leval on May 24, 20:30

    He shot and killed his friend, 17-year-old Xeryus “Iggy” Tate, last August, but, Deandrew Walker-Webster II will not spend any more time in prison. The 18-yr-old reached a plea deal that gave him a three-year sentence late Thursday afternoon. However, Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton suspended two years and credited Walker-Webster for time served. That’s the […]

  • News

    Lower permit cost opens door for more cottage foods at market

    by Bonney Bowman on May 24, 20:16

    You could see some new vendors at the farmers’ markets popping up around town after the Anchorage Assembly approved lowering the permit fee for cottage foods. Cottage foods are non-potentially hazardous items made in home kitchens that earn less than $25,000 a year. A permit to sell cottage foods at markets used to cost $310, but the […]