The city is ramping up testing at homeless shelters and soup kitchens to try to contain a large COVID-19 outbreak tied to the Brother Francis Shelter.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin said there have been at least five hospitalizations associated with the outbreak.
The dust is settling after Alaska’s state budget battle. But homeless service providers say serious damage has already been done.
Anchorage is anticipating hundreds more homeless in the days and weeks ahead, taxing local emergency response resources and organizations.
As prospects for a veto override look increasingly slim, organizations that provide aid to low-income, homeless and other needy Alaskans say they’re facing increasingly difficult choices.
Anchorage homeless shelters and services are bracing for cutbacks and closures after Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced hundreds of millions of dollars in line-item state budget vetoes Friday.
With the signing of Senate Bill 91, the Alaska’s criminal justice reform bill, the state partially opted-out of the 1996 federally-imposed lifetime ban.
Homeless shelters are being filled beyond capacity as more people get pushed out of homeless camps towards social services.
People don’t usually plan to experience homelessness; life just takes unexpected turns. But for some guests of the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage, like Michael Hindman, the experience leaves them with more hope than anything else.
Clients of the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage are agitating for change. They are frustrated with the way they are being treated at the shelter and with some of the policies.