Juneau’s warming shelter has proven extremely popular during this month’s freezing nights. The city-run downtown facility is already running over its 20-patron capacity.
Juneau’s controversial ordinance prohibiting sleeping on private property downtown goes into effect April 15. The anti-camping initiative coincides with the reopening of the seasonal Thane Campground.
The City and Borough of Juneau has been offered a site for a winter campground for homeless people. But whether the city wants to take on that responsibility next year remains undecided.
The Juneau Police Department chief spoke out in support of a proposed anti-camping ordinance that would empower officers to clear homeless people sleeping in front of the city’s downtown businesses.
Local agencies offer various services such as blood testing, oral cancer screenings, legal advice and housing applications at the annual Project Homeless Connect event. Job loss has been surveyed as the most reoccurring reason for homelessness in Juneau from previous years at the event.
Juneau playwright Merry Ellefson interviewed nearly 60 people about homelessness for her new play, “A Lifetime to Master.”
The clinic for Juneau’s homeless and low-income residents will stay open at least through April 30 thanks to the fundraising efforts of local community members and organizations.
The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium plans to close Front Street Clinic on October 1, according to SEARHC COO Dan Neumeister.
Juneau’s Front Street Clinic is in danger of shutting down due to fiscal reasons.
The public health facility, run by the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, caters to the capital city’s homeless and low-income residents.