With the shelter typically open overnight from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and other public buildings closed, many homeless community members have nowhere else to go.
People experiencing homelessness are exempt under Juneau’s hunker-down order. For many of them, the threat of a pandemic is just not as high of a priority as staying warm or getting their next meal.
The cold weather shelter will continue to operate under the same hours for now — 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. — whenever the temperature is below freezing.
Local service providers are looking for ways to continue helping Juneau’s most vulnerable population while also keeping them safe amid the spread of coronavirus.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is placing new restrictions on visitors to long-term care facilities and nursing homes to shield residents from exposure to the coronavirus.
The state of Alaska put out a request this week “seeking information from interested parties for providing housing units that are quarantined to allow for monitoring for COVID-19.”
A new effort by Anchorage officials is grappling with thousands of discriminatory contracts still written into deeds all over town, part of Anchorage’s checkered legacy on race.
The Kugzruk Kommons used to be a local Baptist church. Now it’s a place residents call home.
On Jan. 12, water pressure at Juneau’s Thunder Mountain mobile home park dropped to a trickle. It took days to get fixed, and now they have to boil the water to use it.
Temperatures in Juneau have been well below the 24-degree average low for January. That makes it tough for the more than 200 homeless people in Juneau.