Anchorage homeless rate nearly doubles

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Municipal officials say the homeless rate has nearly doubled in Anchorage in the last two years.

Acting Mayor Matt Claman released the new figures Wednesday.

The number of people homeless in the state's largest city is nearly 3,000 this year, compared to about 1,650 in 2007.

About half of the homeless are living with family or friends. About 20 percent live in shelters, and 5 percent have no shelter whatsoever.

Claman says the city will receive more than $750,000 in federal stimulus funds to develop a case worker program to help the homeless. The funds will pay for the case workers for two years.



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