Homeless Shelter Already Approaching Maximum Capacity | Anchorage, Alaska | CBS 11 KTVA News Alaska
We may not like to think about it, but winter is right around the corner and that can present a deadly problem for Anchorage’s homeless.
Officials are looking for ways to keep people safe and one of them is to make sure they have shelter. But in these last days of August, the shelter is already close to capacity.
“We are running 235 to 238 people a night,” says Brother Francis Shelter manager Dewayne Harris.
“We are just one cold snap away from getting additional people who may be camping in more isolated areas who will come in and push us over capacity.”
And there is every reason to think that will happen soon. Police are forcing more people out of homeless camps and the economy is pushing others over the edge. Meanwhile, safety is becoming a bigger issue.