Hometown, Alaska: What is Anchorage’s winter shelter plan?

a sign on a tree near tents
A lot of people are living in tents and under tarps in the woods at Anchorage’s Mountain View snow dump, pictured here on June 27, 2023. Anchorage city workers posted signs here and at Davis Park warning that they’d be back to clear away the encampments. (Jeremy Hsieh/Alaska Public Media)

Temperatures are dropping quickly and hundreds of Anchorage residents are currently living unsheltered in camps and on the street across the city. What’s the plan to keep them safe this winter and beyond? Join host Anne Hillman as she speaks with three city leaders who are working on this problem.

HOST: Anne Hillman

Alexis Johnson, Anchorage Health Department, Housing and Homeless Coordinator
Jessica Parks, Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, Chief Operations Officer
Felix Rivera, Anchorage Assembly member

Anchorage Health Department: Housing Services
Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness
Anchorage Assembly Housing and Homelessness Committee

Anne Hillman is the healthy communities editor at Alaska Public Media and a host of Hometown, Alaska. Reach her at ahillman@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Anne here.

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