With shelters overflowing, Anchorage homeless coordinator says help is on the way
As Anchorage sees some of the lowest temperatures of the season so far, dozens of people have no place to go to escape the cold at night.
“I wish people knew how bad it is down here in Anchorage right now,” said a homeless man who goes by the name Matthew Huckabee.
The Brother Francis Shelter, which has 240 beds, has been at full capacity since mid-September, and all 50 beds between the two overflow shelters are occupied.
“There are not enough emergency shelter beds in Anchorage to meet the need that we know is there,” said Lisa Caldeira, program director at the Brother Francis Shelter. “So there are turnaways every night.”
When the shelters are full, local churches take turns opening their doors to families, but that doesn’t help individuals like Huckabee.
“I’m probably going to walk all night to stay warm,” he said, adding that he walks roughly five nights a week.
Anchorage’s homeless coordinator Nancy Burke said they’re working on a solution. The city is hoping to expand capacity at the two overflow shelters, and hoping an unspecified agency will come on board and open another overflow shelter. She said the goal is to have another 50 beds available in early December.
In September, a homeless count found around 600 people in Anchorage were homeless.
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