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Juneau considers establishing winter camp for homeless

By Associated Press 11:31 AM March 10, 2017
JUNEAU –

A ban on camping in downtown Juneau goes into effect next month, leaving many homeless people asking where to go.

KTOO-FM reports (http://bit.ly/2maxewz ) that Alaska Electric Light and Power has offered to let the city lease about an acre to use as a winter camping site for homeless people.

The city already runs a summertime campground on AELP land, but that location is in an avalanche zone, meaning it has to shut down for the winter.

The proposed winter site has its issues too. It’s an uphill walk from town and there can be heavy snow barring the path.

Many homeless people in all seasons already erect makeshift camps on the woods owned by AELP’s sister company, AJT Mining Properties. AJT employees often have to evict people it finds camping on these lands.

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Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

3/10/2017 4:30:12 AM (GMT -9:00)

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