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The Anchorage Assembly will consider an emergency ordinance requiring all homeless residents to sleep in designated overnight shelters. The topic will be addressed at the April 14 Assembly meeting in response to community concerns that homeless camps may spread COVID-19. The proposed ordinance notes that constituents have contacted Assembly members to report encampments of homeless individuals “with tents erected wall to wall growing by the day.” The ordinance says Anchorage contains an estimated 1,100 unsheltered homeless...

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A bill to establish that all Alaskans, from the moment of conception, have a natural and protected right to life remains stuck in the Health & Social Services Committee (HHS) after a failed vote to move it out last week. Rep. David Eastman’s House Bill 178, known as the Alaska Life at Conception Act, recognizes that all Alaskans, born and unborn, are entitled to equal protection under the law. The legislation would outlaw abortion, including in...

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Members of the Anchorage Assembly just released their vision and goals for 2020, one of which is to end the decades-long plight of homelessness in Alaska’s largest city. The other three goals aim at addressing quality of life, public safety and economic development, all of which seem tied to homelessness. A good starting point for addressing the hundreds of men and women who live in emergency or temporary shelters would be to turn to the...

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A retired airline pilot, Sherrie Laurie, didn’t see this trip coming. She started volunteering at Anchorage’s Downtown Hope Center and then became director three years ago. Initially she just hoped to demystify the homeless and overcome her general discomfort with the population. Quickly, however, she felt compelled to help meet the growing needs of Anchorage’s most vulnerable women and men. MEETING ‘HEART NEEDS’ “This began with a Baptist pastor and his wife in 1978, simply...

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It was September, dark enough already for the northern lights to illuminate the tent where Daniel Bates was living in the margins of Fairbanks. The weather was bleak, his life was bleak, and no amount of alcohol was numbing the bitterness of either. “Drinking had taken over my life. I was pretty fed up with where I was at,” he said. “I was in the tent, cold. It was kind of an epiphany; I was...