New Clare House Coming for Homeless Women and Their Families
Catholic Social Services purchased Eagle Nest Hotel
ANCHORAGE - Catholic Social Services runs the Clare House, a shelter specifically for homeless women and their children. There are so many homeless women and their families in need that the nonprofit has bought new property in Spenard to meet the growing need.
Catholic Social Services has bought the Eagle Nest Hotel in Spenard and is in the process of renovating the building. Right now, the old building in Midtown holds up to 45 women and kids, who can only stay up to thirty days. The new building will accommodate up to 100 women and kids who can stay for much longer -- up to two years in the new space; boys who are 13 and older can stay with their moms, whereas in the old space, they'd have to go elsewhere.
Susan Bomalaski of Catholic Social Services said, "We are excited to be in this neighborhood. There are a lot of employment opportunities for the woman that might stay here; the neighborhood is very supportive of what we are doing and really increasing the space so we can adapt our program to the needs of woman and children that come here."
Catholic Social Services needs about $700,000 to finish the renovations to the old motel on Spenard. The project has been funded largely by donations, and is expected to be completed in the next three to four months.