The identical crews that decide up intoxicated individuals from Anchorage streets at the moment are overseeing an in a single day homeless shelter at Bean’s Cafe on East Third Avenue, a short lived repair that metropolis officers swiftly engineered final month as temperatures plunged to single digits.
Steve Ashman, an official within the metropolis well being division, stated he hopes the emergency association with the Anchorage Security Patrol will turn into lengthy-time period. The deal got here collectively simply days after Bean’s Cafe, the town’s largest soup kitchen, stated it will indirectly handle a nighttime shelter this yr.
Since mid-November, security patrol officers have been monitoring the handfuls of people that present up every night time to sleep on the ground of Bean’s Cafe. The security patrol appeared like a logical match, as a result of officers regularly work together with people who find themselves homeless or dwelling on the road, Ashman stated. Everybody leaves by 6 a.m., earlier than the Bean’s Cafe employees is available in to organize the day’s meals.
The nonprofit has approved the town to make use of the constructing at 1101 E. Third Ave. till Dec. 18. Officers are looking now for what property to make use of subsequent, Ashman stated. However regardless of the place the nighttime shelter finally ends up, Ashman stated he hopes the security patrol will handle it.
Since a spate of outside deaths in 2009, Anchorage has adopted insurance policies aimed toward providing shelter to anybody who wants it when temperatures drop under freezing.
Annually, there have been extra individuals who need shelter than Brother Francis Shelter — the town’s largest homeless shelter — has room for. It is an annual scramble that officers say will proceed till the town finds extra housing for the chronically homeless. Metropolis homelessness coordinator Nancy Burke says Anchorage has maxed out its present housing choices, with only a few openings every month.
As Burke and others attempt to discover extra houses for the homeless, the one choice for a lot of — apart from illegally tenting — is the town’s emergency shelters. “Overflow” shelter occurs when temperatures go under freezing and Brother Francis Shelter reaches its restrict of 240 individuals.
Till early 2016, Catholic Social Providers, the separate nonprofit that runs Brother Francis Shelter, had operated an overflow shelter contained in the Bean’s Cafe constructing. However the company backed out after an incident during which an injured man bled on the ground.
Bean’s Cafe oversaw the nighttime shelter this previous winter. Then, final month, government director Lisa Sauder stated her company would no…