The Ironman Alaska race contributed heavily to the increase — but many of those listings are still up.
It’s a last-minute move after a local nonprofit pulled out of their contract to operate the shelter
Last weekend, Juneau’s convention center Centennial Hall was opened as a shelter for people experiencing homelessness to isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. It’s the third time the facility has been used for sheltering people with the virus who do not have another place to isolate.
It’s one more strategy local policymakers are considering toward a perennial goal to make housing more affordable in the Capital City.
The shelter location has moved three times since 2017, and now the city is looking to buy a building.
The City and Borough of Juneau and its partners will have mobile testing tents in the parking lot of the Juneau Arts and Culture Center this week.
Juneau’s new, 20-tent campground isn’t for recreation. It replaces a campground with a checkered history that’s been one piece of the city’s efforts to give shelter to people without homes.
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 question of how people will get to and from the shelter hasn’t been fully resolved. One past user says transportation to and from it is his number one issue.
This is the second winter the City and Borough of Juneau will operate the shelter. The facility in the old state public safety building on Whittier Street sleeps up to 28 people and operates from 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. through April 15.