The yearly tally is required by the federal government to help determine how much funding for homelessness communities receive.
The city has stood up three warming centers as temperatures continued to fall, creating dangerous situations for unhoused residents.
After a week of subzero temperatures, Mayor Dave Bronson issued an emergency proclamation, endorsed by the Assembly on Sunday, to allow the city to keep the warming centers open continuously through Feb. 13.
Destructive fires happen commonly in the city’s largest homeless encampments, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.
Service providers say more than 160 people have used the new warming shelter since October.
Missouri in 2022 adopted legislation from the Cicero Institute that outlawed camping on state property, among other things. Cities felt the effects soon after.
The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness is launching a pilot program that aims to permanently house 150 people in the city’s emergency shelters this winter, using lessons gleaned from Houston. The Texas city has reduced homelessness by more than 60% over the last decade.
A concert this weekend features the voices of homeless musicians.
Most homeless residents struggle to find any sort of rental housing, often due to past evictions, criminal history, mental health or substance use issues and insufficient income. Add on a dog and inventory becomes “nonexistent,” the city’s homeless coordinator said.
Despite the city opening three emergency winter homeless shelters, and expanding capacity at one this week, several hundred people are still living outdoors.
The city will open 50 more beds at the emergency winter mass homeless shelter site in Midtown, bringing its total capacity up to 200.
The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday will consider adding 50 beds to the city’s mass homeless shelter site, which would bring its total capacity to 200 people.
So far, a record 49 people have died unsheltered in the city this year.
At least several hundred homeless residents are living unsheltered on city streets and in encampments like the one near Cuddy Park.
This winter, the city’s emergency winter shelter plan doesn’t yet include a warming area, and there are limited options for people to walk up and easily find services or bed.
Despite the slow start at the former Solid Waste Services site on Tuesday, the group contracted to run city emergency winter shelters expects the beds to be filled by the end of the week.
The city’s emergency cold weather sheltering plan has a total of 524 beds — at two already-operating hotels and a mass care shelter in the city’s former Solid Waste Services administrative building, which is scheduled to open Nov. 1. By Thursday, the city’s registration list totaled 989 people.
City winter shelter plans this year have spots for a little more than 520 people. Hundreds more seeking beds have put their names on a city registration list.
So far this year, 43 people believed to be homeless have died outdoors in the city, far surpassing any previous annual record.
Officials have been pushing against a tight timeline — the vote came the same day Anchorage saw its first snowfall of the season. The city plans to open shelters Monday, leaving about three days to get them ready and running.
The Assembly on Tuesday approved contracts to shelter up to 374 people at the Alex Hotel in Spenard and the downtown Aviator Hotel.
In a tense scene Thursday, the city towed away many of the vehicles that have crowded a lot at a sprawling homeless camp near downtown. Campers were handcuffed. Then the mayor showed up.
The homeless often say their vehicles are their last big asset and offer them security, privacy and protection from the weather — whether they run or not.
The city signed onto an amicus brief that includes over a dozen jurisdictions grappling with how to implement homelessness policies within the constraints of a ruling that many say ties local governments’ hands.
Several tents burned, the Anchorage Fire Department said.