For the first time in 40 years, Anchorage doesn’t have a low-barrier walk-up shelter. Closing the Sullivan Arena without another option has left our city in crisis. For hundreds of our neighbors, safe emergency shelter is now impossible to find.

CSS is doing everything we can. We opened Complex Care, Clare House and Brother Francis Shelter continue to provide shelter, and case management teams are housing as many people as possible. Even so, Anchorage needs a low-barrier walk-up shelter immediately.

Emergency shelter is a critical, lifesaving service. Shelters meet basic survival needs and connect our neighbors to the resources they need to exit homelessness. Winter is coming, and without accessible emergency shelter, our neighbors’ lives are at stake.

Providing emergency shelter is practical. It’s logical. It’s the right thing to do.

Thank you for your ongoing support and care for our neighbors without homes. Your support saves lives.

*This message is part of Catholic Social Services’ summer newsletter. You can see our entire summer newsletter here.

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